Studio SHA-HKG-SIN is a three to four-week design and research studio organized by the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Architecture in the cities of Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore. Taught by a diverse group of faculty members from the University of Hong Kong, and speakers from internationally renowned universities and independent research groups, the course offers participants a design studio experience within Asia’s most vibrant contexts.
The International Summer Program in Architecture positions Hong Kong as a launch pad to other Asian cities, linking strategically with the cities of Shanghai and Singapore this year. This summer program has the benefit of tapping into the vast wealth of expertise from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Future Cities Lab and Asian Urban Lab. A number of the urban sites and studies designed for this program will be linked to ongoing research undertaken by design studios at the ETH, NUS, SUTD and MIT. Since its inception in 2008, HKU academic programs in Shanghai have benefitted from exchanges and joint studios with leading universities such as Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, NYU, AA, ETH and EPFL, as well as regional universities such as Tongji, China Academy of Art, Tianjin and others.
Fundamental to the study of architecture and cities is the question of rapid urbanization and innovation on the multiple fronts of society, culture and the economy. For the purpose of this summer program, the three key cities in east China, the Pearl River Delta and Southeast Asia will serve as platforms for the understanding of such issues, in the current neo-liberal world of urbanization, where international corporations have grown far more powerful than sovereign governments. Saskia Sassen notes that it is precisely because cities are no longer within the realms of national politics, they naturally become the new frontiers where the “political informal” can thrive within the infrastructure and systems of cities without overt control.
Through this course, participants will focus on different architecture and building types that have emerged from the current state of rapid urbanization. These urban building types are unique in the way they resist and subvert, or become mutated or subsumed by the prevailing urban conditions of Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore. The design and research studio would be based on the examination and re-invention of a number of these building types.
Participants will have the benefit of visiting numerous cities under-going massive change, exploring broad-ranging issues such as identity, migration, cultural production, colonialism, nationalism and globalization through topics in architectural history and theory. This program will include study trips to the cities of Hangzhou, Ningbo, Suzhou and Shenzhen. In support of the design and research studio, a daily lecture and seminar program will further enrich the participants’ knowledge in these fields.
Shanghai: July 5 to July 18
Hong Kong: July 19 to July 26
Singapore: July 27 to August 2
Shanghai Study Center, University of Hong Kong
2/F, No. 298 North Suzhou Road, Hong Kou District, Shanghai
Department of Architecture, University of Hong Kong
3/F, Knowles Building, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
Future Cities Laboratory, Singapore-ETH Centre
#06-01, No. 1 CREATE Way, CREATE Tower, Singapore 138602
Fees & Expenses
Program 1: Full Program (Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore)
July 5 – August 2, 2013
Program 2: Shanghai, Hong Kong
July 5 – July 26, 2013
Program 3: Hong Kong, Singapore
July 19 – August 9, 2013 (extended week August 3 – August 9)
The above fee includes tuition and field trip travel costs, but does not include air fare, accommodations, meals and other local expenditure. Participants are free to book their flights on any airlines at any time as long as they meet the designated arrival dates and times in respective cities.
The program is targeting university students and recent graduates with a background in architectural design, urban design or urban studies, especially those who are keen to learn about the rapid urban development of China and Asia. There will be introductory and advanced levels taught throughout the program, tailored to the interests of the participants. Applicants should have completed at least one year of study at their home institution, and have taken at least two design studios or equivalent design or research courses. Participants must be proficient in English and design software.
Applicants should send a completed application form with supporting documents to email@example.com. The application deadline is April 15, 2013.
Registration Deadline: Monday, April 15, 2013.
Submission Deadline: Monday, April 15, 2013.
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