FCC club lunch with Jonathan D SOLOMON
Speaker: Jonathan D SOLOMON
Topic: Hong Kong: A city without ground
Mr. SOLOMON will discuss the historical origins and possible future directions of Hong Kong as a “city without ground, seculating that Hong Kong’s urbanism is a result of the city’s problematic relationship to ground. “Cities Without Ground”, his co-authored innovative new book about Hong Kong, describes the city’s unique forms of public space through complex, painstakingly researched maps of the footbridges, tunnels, shopping malls, transit facilities, hotel lobbies and other ambiguous spaces where informal activities occur.
Jonathan D SOLOMON is an American architect based in Hong Kong; his work explores future forms of urbanism through multidisciplinary collaborations. SOLOMON is a founding editor of 306090 Books, a publication series featuring novel developments in architecture, landscape architecture and urbanism. In 2010, he co-curated Workshopping: An American Model of Architectural Practice, at the US Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale. In 2009, his design for Ooi Botos Gallery, an adaptive reuse project in a Hong Kong street market, won two AIA awards. SOLOMON has taught design at the City College of New York and, as a Banham Fellow, at the University at Buffalo, as well as the University of Hong Kong. He is a licensed architect in the State of Illinois and Member of the American Institute of Architects.