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25 May 2012
Architecture & Design Conference 2012
Conference Director Claire Saeki talks about the pertinent topics that will be up for discussion at this year’s event, to be held on 5 June in Hong Kong.
On 5 June, the 3rd Architecture & Design Conference in Hong Kong will try and answer one big overarching question: What is the future of architecture and design in the urban millennium?
Many of the topics will not just explore form and function, but look at the way design can bring cultural and financial value to a development. As with previous years, there will be a mix of local and international experts covering everything from heritage regeneration through to eco resorts and inner city high-rises.
Conference director Claire Saeki says that hospitality will be an important highlight of discussions. “With Macau hotel, gaming and mixed-use markets hotting up again, along with several large companies making pushes into China, we decided that at least a couple of good hospitality sessions were required.”
“Professionals always want to know the latest projects coming to market and design trends that will make a project popular and a success for all involved,” she continues, “So there will be plenty of that content.”
In addition, Saeki says that sustainability, mixed-use integration and new technology are all perennial topics, and will therefore also be discussed. “Trends in these areas change rapidly so people will be looking for ways to give themselves an edge in this area. I personally have spoken to many who want to discuss the pros and cons of integrated design and construction methodologies.”
This year, the Architecture & Design Conference will be co-located with the long-running Build4Asia Exhibition. The Italian pavilion, which was held at Architecture & Design Conference Shanghai 2010, will also be revisited.