The most recent Hong Kong Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABBHK2019) delivered a Carbon Footprint Study on the carbon intensity of the biennale itself. It provided strategies to improve the implementation, tracking and analysis of similar future events in Hong Kong and around the world, all with the aim of reducing their carbon emissions.
As well as setting a benchmark and precedent for others to discuss, challenge and refine, the study raised some serious questions about the waste created by physical installations vs the energy use of digital presentations; the choice of location in relation to geography, connectivity, energy sources and opportunities to reuse materials in-situ; in-person vs online and hybrid events; exhibit selection criteria in terms of the balance between originality and reuse of existing exhibits; and the evaluation of educational and social values against actual carbon intensity figures.
These issues will be explored further in this Design Dialogue session. Join us in the drive for a sustainable future!
Roger Wu, Chief Curator of UABBHK2019
1. Tony Ip, Founder & Director of Sustainable Design at Tony Ip Green
2. Brian Pak, Senior Associate of Deals, PwC
3. Jonny Perk, Associate Director, of Steensen Varming (Hong Kong)
Chief Curator of UABBHK2019
Roger is currently the Executive Director, Project Development of Haw Par Music Foundation Limited (HPMF), a not-for-profit organisation set up to oversee the operations of Haw Par Music – a centre for cross-culture exchange through music, heritage and the arts based in the revitalised Haw Par Mansion in Tai Hang, Hong Kong. Roger was also the Chief Curator of the 2019 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Hong Kong) and is also actively involved with both the Royal Institute of British Architect (RIBA), and the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA), where he is a member of the Heritage & Conservation and Education Development & Accreditation Committees. Roger has lectured at architectural schools in universities across the UK and taught design studios at the School of Architecture, Chinese University of Hong Kong, as an Adjunct Associate Professor.
Born in Hong Kong and raised in the UK, Roger has worked as an architect for a number of practices in both markets on large-scale master planning, commercial and mixed-use developments ranging from China, Algeria, the United States, Italy, Russia, and Turkey, UK and Hong Kong. With extensive experience leading complex restoration projects in the UK, China and Hong Kong, Roger has put his knowledge, experience and interest in the regeneration of historic buildings, including Peter Jones, Kings Cross Station and the Royal Military Academy in London.
Founder & Director of Sustainable Design at Tony Ip Green
Tony is a community-centric, sustainable design architect and urban designer. Tony has over 18 years of architectural, urban design and engineering experience. He founded Tony Ip Green Architects Ltd. in 2017. His passion and contributions to green architecture have been highly recognized by receiving Australia China Alumni Award for Arts and Creative Industries 2018, Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award 2016, EcoStar Award 2014 and HKIA Young Architect Award 2010.
Tony is Chairman of Hong Kong Architecture Centre, Director of Hong Kong Green Building Council, Director of Zero Carbon Building, Chair of BSL Material Aspects Expert Panel, Director of YMCA of Hong Kong and School Manager of YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College. He is appointed by the HKSAR government to serve Antiquities Advisory Board, Environment and Conservation Fund Committee, Environmental Campaign Committee, Lantau Conservation Fund Advisory Committee and Support Group on Long-term Decarbonization Strategy to Council for Sustainable Development.
Senior Associate of Deals, PwC
Brian specialises in responsible investment-related advisory work at PwC and helps investors create sustainable impact through integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations into investment processes. Prior to joining PwC, he worked at New World Development’s sustainability department and played a key role in designing and driving various ESG integration programs, including landmark sustainable finance transactions in the region. Equally passionate in arts & culture, Brian is also an independent curator of exhibitions and dialogues that provide a voice and inclusive platform for newcomers in arts & culture.
Associate Director, of Steensen Varming (Hong Kong)
Jonny is an Associate Director within Steensen Varming and leads their sustainability team in Hong Kong. With diverse experience, primarily within urban development, he is passionate about improving the sustainability of cities, and understanding the key influences for developing sustainable design solutions. Having lived and worked in the UK, Australia, Middle East and now Hong Kong, he understands the importance and complexity of adapting solutions to the local context.
Jonny has developed sustainability and resource management strategies for a range projects from city scale masterplans to small scale refurbishments and installations. He has also produced strategic carbon and energy reduction strategies for corporations and government bodies. For the UABBHK 2019, Jonny led the Steensen Varming team in carrying out a detailed carbon footprint assessment for the event. The assessment not only provides analysis of the carbon intensity of the event, but also details opportunities for how future events can further reduce emissions and improve their environmental impact.