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International Finance Centre featured in AIA New York exhibition on Hong Kong

International Finance Centre featured in AIA New York exhibition on Hong Kong

International Finance Centre featured in AIA New York exhibition on Hong Kong

Cesar Pelli and Fred Clarke to speak at exhibit opening panel

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Dec. 06, 2012) — The International Finance Centre by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects is featured in a new exhibit coinciding with the 15th anniversary of the return of Hong Kong to Chinese rule. “Hong Kong at 15: Redefining the Public Realm,” is on view at the Center for Architecture in New York through Jan. 23.

The show looks at how the public realm has expanded in Hong Kong, through both architecture and civic engagement, since the 1997 handover. Architects and engineers working in the city have produced increasingly sophisticated solutions to accommodate extreme density with innovative buildings and infrastructure. At the same time, advocates have pushed for greater citizen participation in issues that affect Hong Kong’s quality of life, environment, and the preservation of its cultural heritage.

To explore the show’s central theme, the exhibition presents three Hong Kong projects designed by U.S. architects. PCPA’s International Finance Centre redefines the public sphere by blending tower and city, seamlessly connecting a mixed-use development into a network of transit hubs. The complex includes the landmark supertall office tower One IFC, the accompanying office tower Two IFC, and the IFC Mall on a waterfront site atop Hong Kong Station. In addition to the International Finance Centre, works included in the exhibition are Hysan Place by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and the Asia Society by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects.

As part of the exhibition opening, the AIA New York Chapter will host a panel discussion on issues related to expanding the public realm. Participating in the event are two PCPA senior principals. Fred Clarke, FAIA, will be a panelist and Cesar Pelli, FAIA, will give opening remarks. The discussion starts at 8:30 p.m.  on Dec. 10 at the Center for Architecture.

Hong Kong at 15: Redefining the Public Realmis organized by AIA New York in collaboration with the AIANY Global Dialogues Committee, and The Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office.

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