To celebrate its 65th year of service to the society, the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) will organise an anniversary exhibition entitled Architecture for People from 1 to 11 November 2022 at Central Market in Central. The exhibition will showcase how architects and architectural projects are thriving together with the city, upholding values of humanity, and contributing to both environmental and people’s well-being.
The exhibition will be divided into four zones: Past, Present, Future and Highlights, to take visitors on a journey through time. With lightweight translucent drapes in colour gradients arranged in layers, the idea is for visitors to explore these zones as if they are flipping through a book.
A ‘selfie spot’ will be provided for visitors to explore and imagine the ‘human’ side of architects and their projects. Sustainable design principles are also adopted in the exhibition’s set-up: the drapes can be upcycled into tote bags and reusable lunch bags while the display racks can be recycled into handy furniture for those who live in substandard housing. Alternatively, they can be reused in future community events.
Motivating the Future Generation
Earlier this year, the HKIA organised a design competition to encourage the younger generation to explore the relationships between urban space, architecture and people amidst the pandemic. Tertiary students were invited to submit ideas of healthy and people-centric spaces in the city. The results will be announced at the opening ceremony of the exhibition on 2 November 2022.
Furthermore, eight secondary school teams, guided by professional architects, will have a chance to work on their proposals to create an environment or space for wellness, using 13 ARCASIA COVID-19 Guidelines developed by Architects Regional Council Asia (ARCASIA), in a workshop on 5 November 2022. The teams will pitch their ideas and compete for prizes. —Construction+ Online