Practical Utopias at All Scales: The Diversity of International Work in Asia

Held in conjunction with the exhibition Practical Utopias: Global Urbanism in Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo, “Practical Utopias at All Scales: The Diversity of International Work in Asia” explores the impact of recent architecture in the development of these five cities.

Speakers, including the architect Thom Mayne, FAIA; Columbia Special Advisor for Global Affairs and Asia Society President Emerita Vishakha Desai; architect Daniel Libeskind, AIA; and Dean of the Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning Kent Kleinman, AIA, will examine recent physical transformations and developments of East Asian cities.

Symposium schedule

Lunch session
11:45-12:00 pm
Opening Remarks
Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY Executive Director
Jill N. Lerner, FAIA, 2013 AIANY President and Principal at KPF
Jonathan D. Solomon, AIA, Associate Dean, School of Architecture, Syracuse University; and Curator of Practical Utopias

12:00-1:00 pm
Cutting Edge Urbanism in Asia
Rafael Viñoly, FAIA, Lead Designer, Principal, Rafael Viñoly Architects

Evening session
4:30-5:30 pm
Thoughts About the City
Daniel Libeskind, AIA, Founder, Studio Daniel Libeskind in conversation with Cliff Pearson, Deputy Editor, Architectural Record

5:30-7:00 pm
Urbanism, Culture, and Quality of Life in Asian Cities
Vishakha Desai, Special Advisor for Global Affairs, Professor of Professional Practice in the Faculty of International and Public Affairs, Colombia University, and President Emerita, Asia Society, in conversation with Jing Liu, Principal, SO-IL
Thomas Looser, Associate Professor of East Asian Studies, New York University
Christopher Sharples, AIA, Principal, SHoP
Calvin Tsao, FAIA, Principal, Tsao&McKown Architects

7:00-7:30 pm
Reception and Exhibition Tour by Curator Jonathan D. Solomon, AIA

7:30-8:30 pm
Architecture as a Vital Agent in the Construction of Culture
Thom Mayne, FAIA, Principal, Morphosis Architects in conversation with Kent Kleinman, AIA, Dean of the Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP)

8:30-9:30 pm
The View from Asia | Panel Discussion
New York based respondent
Alexandros Washburn, Assoc. AIA, Chief Urban Designer, New York City Department of City Planning
James von Klemperer, FAIA, Design Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

A program of Archtober, Architecture and Design Month New York City, October 2013.



Event Details:

  • When: 

    Wednesday, October 2, 2013
    11:45 am

  • Where: 

    Center for Architecture
    536 LaGuardia Place
    New York, New York

  • More information: 

    Event website.

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