During the conference, a series of architecture and urbanism related educational tours will be organised to introduce to participants to noteworthy highlights from the host city. These tours will be organised via Zoom and streamed live from roaming locations in Hong Kong. They will include visits to architectural highlights in Hong Kong, including the M+ Museum and Tai Kwun, and an urban exploration tour to experience the urban density and housing in Hong Kong.

The tours offer the unique opportunity to take part in live visits to some of Hong Kong’s iconic and innovative places, and also create an interactive and social group experience.

Lunch Tour 1:

HK Island’s Architecture

Tuesday 30 March, 1:00 pm, Hong Kong

The areas of Central & Sheung Wan in Hong Kong tell the story of the city’s hundred year development into a vibrant international city. While the collection of skyscrapers are witness to its commercial growth in the 70s and 80s, in recent years a number of adaptive reuse projects have revitalized colonial architecture into contemporary cultural landmarks. In this tour, we will introduce the development of Hong Kong through recent decades, evident in major high-rise projects and newly transformed streetscapes. 

Key tour projects will include: 

  • Tai Kwun by Herzog & de Meuron
  • PMQ, the former Police Married Quarters
  • The Central escalator system
  • Asia Society Hong Kong Center by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

Student Contributors:
LIU Yibing, Kush SETHIA, WAN Weiqi, XING Jiao and ZHANG Zhixing Jason

Lunch Tour 2:

West Kowloon Construction

Wednesday 31 March, 1:00 pm, Hong Kong

The West Kowloon area is currently the largest urban development in Hong Kong, with the 43ha waterfront West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD), the High Speed Rail station, and the ICC mixed-use development. In this tour, we will walk through the WKCD park, visit its latest developments, and talk with the designers behind these projects on digital applications in the design and construction processes.

Key tour projects will include:

  • M+ Museum by Herzog & de Meuron
  • Xiqu Centre by Revery Architects
  • Lyric Theatre Complex by UNStudio
  • WKCD Arts Park by West 8
  • Freespace, M+ Pavilion

Student Contributors:
CHENG Bo Ying Meko, PUN Tsz Kiu Josephine, TAM Sze Ching Ariel and WONG Yu Hung

Lunch Tour 3:

Hong Kong Urbanism

Thursday 1 April, 1:00 pm, Hong Kong

Besides its architecture, Hong Kong is characterised by its compact urban condition and its streetscapes filled with virbant city life. This tour will walk through the streets of Sham Shui Po, one of highest density urban areas in the world. Through visits to the mid-century public housing projects and different types of street markets, the audience can experience the urban life that is particular to the city of Hong Kong.

Key area and locations of the tour:

  • Mei Ho House – Historic Mark I public housing
  • Shek Kip Mei public housing estate
  • Ap Liu Street
  • Sham Shui Po Street Markets
  • Tai Nam Street

Student Contributors:
LIU Yibing, Kush SETHIA, WAN Weiqi, XING Jiao and ZHANG Zhixing Jason