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Urban Scan - Curating Hong Kong as Scenography

Thursday 12 – Saturday 21 July 2018

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Post-Industrial Landscapes x5.0 continued our explorations into the ubiquitous digital realm that surrounds us and its potential for new architectural and narrative grounds. In 2018, we return to the dense urban area on the planet - Hong Kong.

This time, we will focus on the artifice of Hong Kong as an ever-changing cultural landscape. Ranging from its concrete reinforced mountain slopes, reclaimed grounds, subdivided flats, non-restricted import of any goods and 0 percent VAT, no wonder Hong Kong has emerged as the largest art market in Asia and the third largest in the world. A massive demand of and the supply through a relatively young art scene has given rise to the fluid power structure in cultural best practices. The consequence is a change of the cultural and physical landscape in Hong Kong with recent developments of West Kowloon Cultural District and mega-art fairs such as Hong Kong Art Basel.

The question is whether architecture can adapt to such a fluid new model? Traditionally, in urbanism terms, Hong Kong serves as an exception not model - never been able to be adapted by another planned city. In cultural terms, Hong Kong is often undervalued if not belittled for its monetary dominance. Yet beneath the surface, what is the relationship between a space and its artificiality- its cultural production? Through combining intensive exploration of the city with visits of major summer exhibitions in for-profit galleries as well as non-profit art spaces in Hong Kong, we will create a model space of Hong Kong that is not based on classical architectural understanding, yet through curating the city, articulating strategies of scenography and cultural identities in flux.

We will scan the city and construct the city in conversation with its artist, exhibitors and architects.

AAVS Hong Kong provides an opportunity to redefine architecture as art/exhibition-making processes with curatorial strategies.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

  • Urban Scan is a workshop that combines technical and contextual skill-sets to form an exhibition about the city as the content of curatorial discourse and the form of exhibition strategies.
  • Participants will engage with the transfer from 3D scan to models to animations and possible VR content. Using the state of the Art equipment of the School of Creative Media, the workshop will use photography, photogrammetry to 3D scan and Laser scanning to capture  the dense urban environments of Hong Kong. The resulting 3D data models will become the base of animations and 3D projection mappings, using software such as Rhinoceros, 3DS Max and 3D mapping specific software such as vvvv or editing softwares such as Premiere and go into the immersive VR of HTC Vive and Oculus rift using Unity.
  • Culturally, the workshop will offer to participants a universal field study of major exhibitions of the season, engaging Hong Kong artists, curators, writers, and cultural organisation directors with in-depth exchange of their view on the urban condition of Hong Kong. We will meet with local and international institutions in both for-profit and non-profit context, work within the cultural landscape of Hong Kong and curate an exhibition at the end of the workshop that will bridge between art and architecture as scenographic element in the urban condition.

Daniel Libeskind building of the School of Creative Media & Oi!, the Oil Street Art Space, Hong Kong 


1) You can make an application by completing the online application found under ‘Links and Downloads’ on the AA Visiting School page. If you are not able to make an online application, email for instructions to pay by bank transfer.

2) Once you complete the online application and make a full payment, you are registered to the programme. A CV or a portfolio is not required.

Applications are now closed. 

All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required, and are advised to contact their home embassy early. After payment of fees, the AA School can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop.

All participants are reponsible for their own insurance including travel and health insurance. All participants also need to ensure that any equipment and valuable items such as laptops are covered by their own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen.


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee.

Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised. Students need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and model making tools. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the workshop.

The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, phd candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: Rhino (SR7 or later), Adobe Creative Suite, 3ds Max.

Programme Heads

Tobias Klein works in the fields of Architecture, Art, Design and Interactive Media Installation. His work generates a syncretism of contemporary CAD/CAM technologies with site and culturally specific design narratives, intuitive non-linear design processes, and historical cultural references. Before joining City University Hong Kong in the role as interdisciplinary Assistant Professor in the School of Creative Media and the architectural department, he was employed at the Architectural Association (2008-2014) and the Royal College of Art, (2007-2010), teaching students at the postgraduate level. The resulting works of his studio are exhibited internationally with examples being in the collection of the Antwerp Fashion Museum, the London Science Museum, the V&A, the Bellevue Arts Museum, Museum of Moscow and Vancouver.

Kyle Chung is a Hong Kong based curator whose recent exhibitions explore the dynamics between technologies, materiality and human agency. Chung is House Curator at Videotage, Hong Kong; Senior Research Associate in Centre for Applied Computing and Interactive Media, City University of Hong Kong. Chung was appointed as Co-Chair of Art Gallery at SIGGRAPH Asia 2018 in Tokyo, Japan; Jury of CynetArt International Festival in Dresden, Germany in 2016. Selected exhibitions include #YOU #ME #ourSELFIES at Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre (2018); One World Exposition 2.1: #like4like at chi K11 art space, Hong Kong (2017); To Outland at SMAC, Berlin, Germany (2016); Conjunctions and Disjunctions: Juried Exhibition of International Symposium on Electronic Art 2016, Hong Kong; Bright Shadow at The Morgue, London, UK (2015).


Programme Heads
Tobias Klein
Kyle Chung

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Diploma), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.