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Catherine Cao, Shanghai office
Nihao, my name is CC from the HKS Shanghai office. I grew up in Beijing, the nation’s capital where I began studying architecture. After undergraduate, I went to the UK for graduate school, and have been working as an architect in China for 6 years. This is my first time working in the U.S., so I really appreciate the opportunity to participate in the HKS Xchange Fellowship.
By Chad Porter
This past summer, HKS organized its first-ever Design Slam. This competition is a unique challenge that looks to use design as a solution to many global challenges, from poverty to climate change. Participating teams were asked to identify any problem in the world, and create a design solution for it. We received seven submissions from HKS offices around the globe. Each submission is truly unique and addresses a range of social issues, from gentrification in D.C., to transportation challenges in Mexico, slums in India, traffic in Atlanta, heat and public space in Phoenix and the aging population of China. Geraldo Palma Romero won the grand prize of $1,000.
By Daniel Inocente (DC) & Kevin Vandeman (DC)
The Idea Fellowship continues as the Holistic Design Workflow team makes advances in the research and application of computational strategies. As buildings and the industry become increasingly technological, architects are challenged to continuously develop new ways of mastering the intricacies across ever-changing elements and systems. The architecture of today has not only been infused with technological growth, but it has also become dependent on it. Technology has enabled numerous design processes and yet not one single process can fully solve the thousands of contingencies that present themselves as a project evolves. Today, the design of a building is a challenge of bringing together various technological systems, outside of our domain, that rely on computational processes.
I cannot leave Shanghai without writing something about this mega city’s cuisine. The Shanghai cuisine is the youngest among the major cuisines in China. Shanghai, being a relatively new city in China, does not really have a cuisine of its own, but successfully refines all the historical cookery of the surrounding provinces such as Zhejiang and Jiangsu. The food is full of color, aromas and strong flavors. They use a lot of oil, soy sauce and red spices; so be careful when asking for something spicy when visiting, you might regret it. I decided to take several cooking classes to learn about this interesting cuisine and share my experience with you ...
In August 2014, young HKS thought-leaders gathered in the Dallas office to meet with senior leadership and envision impactful change for our firm and our future. The group focused on initiatives such as developing the whole architect, creating a culture of accountability, recruiting and retaining best talent, and integrating research with design.
Did you know that South by Southwest (SXSW) is more than just music? I bet you thought SXSW was just for hipsters into off-the-radar music. Nope.
The pictures I have taken in Shanghai over the past 30 days evidence how amazing this city is. It's been 30 days and I’m sure three months will not be enough to see everything this great city has to offer. The books I read and the videos I saw are nothing like being here. The mix of the traditional with the new and how both things coexist in harmony are amazing. Here, the Yin Yang controls all aspects of life. The symbolism, colors, aromas and taste define much of what happens every day.
By Lorena Toffer, AIA – Associate, AIA National Young Architect Award Recipient
In October of last year, I was invited to give a lecture as part of the inaugural ARQ Fest – International Architecture Festival in Guadalajara Mexico.
By Dan Flower, Associate, HKS London
I’ve departed London for Uganda with our project partner, Engineers For Overseas Development’s Carmarthenshire group from Southwest Wales, to begin work on Citizen HKS’ first project – a new maternity ward in Kachumbala, Uganda. I’ll be with the EFOD team on site for two weeks where we’ll be presenting, tweaking and gaining approval for the maternity ward design from local leadership and the Bukeda District Council. Following a ground breaking ceremony and additional site set-up, we’re recruiting and training Kachumbala locals and, working together, we will dig the foundation, lay drainage and cast up to the slab.
Hi! My name is Andrew Cortez from the Dallas office and I get the honor of being a part of the HKS Xchange program in London. Along the way I will try to capture London through the senses, from the smells, sounds, sights, tastes, and the feel of the city. Here we go!