The second installment of the 2012 Fall “Shanghai State of Affairs” lecture series by Bert de Muynck at the HKU Shanghai Study Center is centered around ‘The Future of Pudong’. Invited speakers this weekend are Michael Peng [Senior Associate at Gensler] and Trevor Vivian [Director at BENOY]. Gensler is currently constructing the 632-meter supertall Shanghai Tower, while BENOY is the masterplanner behind the Lujiazui Pudong Qiantan ES4 Precinct Core Area, the third central business district of Shanghai. Presentations and debate will take place this Saturday November 3, from 10.30 am till 12.30 pm, at the HKU Shanghai Study Center.
Shanghai Gensler BENOY
Emblem of progressive, massive market-oriented and economic urban growth, the Pudong skyline is the most visible result of the gigantic metropolitan transformation the city of Shanghai 上海 has gone through during the past two decades. What we see today, is although a future that is far-from-finished. With new plans and projects on the shelves and under construction, this session of the “Shanghai State of Affairs” lecture series present two major projects that will determine a new direction for Pudong’s Lujiazui Central Business District. While Gensler’s 632-meter supertall Shanghai Tower is a reach for new heights, BENOY’s Lujiazui Pudong Qiantan ES4 Precinct Core Area will create a new programmatic hub for the area – featuring a 34 hectare core area development comprising of over 1.8 million square meters of mixed use development including retail, cultural and entertainment, office and hotel, residential and a tower. Join us for the second installment of “Shanghai State of Affairs” to experience first-hand the new face of a future Shanghai, hear Michael Peng [Senior Associate at Gensler] and Trevor Vivian [Director at BENOY] provide background to the projects and have the closest position you can imagine to understand the construction of ‘The Future of Pudong’. About Lujiazui Pudong Qiantan ES4 Precinct | BENOY Benoy was the masterplanner for the Lujiazui Pudong Qiantan ES4 Precinct Core Area, located in the south of Shanghai. The Benoy Masterplan fosters an integrated mix of commercial, residential, cultural, and recreational uses, put forward a vision to be Shanghai’s premier business address, residential community, a transportation nexus and a lifestyle destination for residents and tourists of Shanghai – A precinct that is unique in its quality and sense of place. About Shanghai Tower | GENSLER This super-tall, 632-meter tower will be sited in the heart of Shanghai’s Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone, adjacent the Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center. As the skyline’s most prominent icon, the tower’s transparent, spiral form will showcase cutting-edge sustainable strategies and public spaces that set new standards for green community. Within 121 stories, Shanghai Tower will house Class-A office space, entertainment venues, retail, a conference center, a luxury hotel and cultural amenity spaces. Follow Shanghai Tower’s construction progress at the GenslerOn blog.
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About Shanghai State of Affairs lectures “Shanghai State of Affairs” is a series of ten lectures on the state of the city by Bert de Muynck [Assistant Professor HKU Shanghai Study Center]. The purpose of the “Shanghai State of Affairs” public lectures is to have a more in-depth reading of Shanghai’s contemporary architectural and urban changes and to bring together a wide group of architects, urbanists and stakeholders that day-in-day work in the city of Shanghai 上海. The presentations are informal and function as a test ground to develop new ideas about the city of Shanghai, as well gain further knowledge from its urban and architectural development by focussing on those working on it day in and day out. About HKU Shanghai Study Centre The Faculty of Architecture operates programs in Shanghai, at our Shanghai Study Centre, which is a vital counterpart to other programs in Hong Kong. Our goal is that every undergraduate in the Department of Architecture, and eventually the Division of Landscape Architecture, spends one complete semester of their studies in China, without interrupting their degree program at HKU. With the opening of this Centre, the Department of Real Estate and Construction has the advantage of a well-placed and equipped facility to augment its Taught Postgraduate China Program. The HKU Shanghai Study Center also houses the HKU Shanghai Office, the HKU Journalism and Media Study Center, and architecture SH (a public gallery for the exhibition of design projects related to the mission of the Centre). The joint studios and other activities that the Department of Architecture conducts with other overseas Universities will also utilize the Centre. Address HKU Shanghai Study Center, 298 North Suzhou Road, Hongkou District, Shanghai 200085 上海虹口區北蘇州路298號 For more information, please call 021-6307-7018. Should you feel that there are like-minded colleagues interested in these programs, we will be happy to include them in future invitations.