Eighty percent of the urban environment in North America has been built in the past fifty years. Prevailing wisdom tells us that this urbanism — the urbanism of megalopolitan sprawl — is a complete and utter failure. We are told by architects, critics, journalists and politicians that Megalopolis fails to produce a coherent urban form, it fails to produce viable public or social identity, and it fails to produce the qualities of architecture and urban space that we have come to expect from cities. In short, Megalopolis is a sub‐standard sub‐urbanism that cannot stand up to the past. The work of zoneresearch seeks to refute these reported failures of Megalopolis and produce, for once, an objective assessment of the city that is now more than fifty years in construction. More importantly, we argue that prevailing urban forms — forms that we actively produce — define our social identity. By discrediting this urbanism, we discredit the image of ourselves as it is presently projected into built urban form. Focusing on contemporary urban form and the subject that it produces, zoneresearch identifies Megalopolis as the one and only site upon which an alternate urban identity can be be constructed.
A lecture that explains several of the underlying creative philosophies in his process driven project work and how this is expressed with state of the art manufacturing techniques for new and existing brands. The lecture will cover both industrial and interior design works and some recent experiments within the design gallery circuit.
The age of internationalism is now being taken over by the era of locality. The earthquake and the tsunami that hit Japan will be a major cause for the change. I will discuss how to retrieve the strength of place by using power of materials and details.
24 February, 2012 / Faculty of Architecture HKU
Aformal Architecture explicates a spatial logic for the city of Hong Kong through architectural products that can be explained neither by mainstream understandings of formal or informal processes, and explores the consequences for public space in a dense city. Coinciding with the publication of Cities Without Ground, a book that maps the complex three‐dimensional connectivity of Hong Kong's pedestrian passageways, this lecture explores general conditions of the aformal through specific exploration of three buildings in Hong Kong that while outside mainstream histories of the city's development exhibit unique qualities and three architectural proposals that exacerbate them.
Central to Andrew Bromberg’s work is an underlying philosophy valuing “Human Sustainability” as vital to the success of a project and important as an extension of the public realm. Andrew aspires toward “Enrichment” recognizing it as fundamental to the viability of the project and its influence to its surroundings.