Ming Fung introduced Ngo Quan Hien, a SCI-Arc graduate who has returned to discuss his practice in Vietnam. As Fung put it, “Asia is all about building.” She explained that the building boom is in direct correlation to the steady population growth. She framed the lecture as “a glimpse into a world where the architect is deeply embedded in the necessities of life.”
Video Archive | Asia (7)
During the question and answer session, Davolio provides some insight into his position on the projects he is working on, which are mostly in Asia. Branding is very important to the clients, but they are not necessarily willing to pay for it. The schedule is more compressed than projects in the West, and there are quite a few local firms in China that are producing technically challenging work.
Peter Zellner introduces Japanese architect Waro Kishi and Singaporean architect Ang Gin Wah. Waro Kishi begins with a discussion of the cities of Singapore, Hong Kong, and Kyoto, stressing contemporary problems and issues. Later, Ang Gin Wah reflects on Singapore and the country’s transition. He shows his work and talks about his practice in the context of his interest in traditional building, Confucianism, and contemporary art and trends in Singapore.
David Smith discusses how East Asia’s economic miracle turned, in 1997, into a crisis. He characterizes his task as a sociologist involves developing a global perspective on urbanization. He references Ed Soja’s view of contemporary Los Angeles as a repfection of global restructuring. Smith analyzes the effects of globalization including time-space compression and global divisions of labor. He reflects on the hierarchy of world cities, stressing the significance of Los Angeles. Delineating economic flows between world cities reveals Los Angeles as a major shipping hub. Smith describes how an analysis of the Los Angeles garment industry necessarily involves a discussion of the economic restructuring the global industry.
Bart Lootsma describes a recent research trip to clarify economic, social and density issues in the Netherlands by studying current conditions in major cities in Asia. He reviews the historic role of socialism in the Netherlands and the effects of deregulation on housing. He describes the sudden arrival of modernity to Asia. Lootsma reviews his documentation on density in Asian cities. In Singapore, Lootsma documents the development of areas adjacent to waterways, comparing this development to the Netherlands. In Kuala Lumpur, he notes the contrast between the city’s colonial architecture and modern developments. Lootsma continues with discussions of Hanoi, Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Macau. He concludes with a reflection on life in the commerical and manufacturing hub of Guangzhou.
Bart Lootsma describes a recent research trip to clarify economic, social and density issues in the Netherlands by studying current conditions in major cities in Asia. He reviews the historic role of socialism in the Netherlands and the effects of deregulation on housing. He describes the sudden arrival of modernity to Asia. Lootsma describes his methodology and documentation process.
Michael Rotondi introduces David Abram as an ecologist, philosopher, anthropologist and slight-of-hand magician. His study of magic practices in the 1980s throughout southeast Asia led to an exploration of the ecological dimensions of human language, and his book, The Spell of the Sensuous.