My travels to Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Macau was an unforgettable trip and invaluable learning experience in the field of architecture. Over the course of nine days, I explored each city’s various neighborhoods, city centers, landmark buildings, and natural landscapes to seek inspiration in design and make connections to architecture out there and its potential application back home. I chose the Hong Kong area as my choice destination due to its striking population density and the hundreds of high rises that sprout from the mountainside like stalks of wheat in their best attempts to house the city’s 7 million people. Such a city also has wonderful architectural works like the HSBC Building by Norman Foster and the Hong Kong Design Institute by CAAU.
At Caron, we value diversity and rely on the strength of our passionate, talented staff and their diverse cultural backgrounds to bring a fresh perspective to each of our projects and to our community both locally and internationally. As a firm, we’ve donated hundreds of hours teaming with local non-profit organizations in Seattle and participating in a variety of programs.
Most recently, Caron has with partnered with Architects Without Borders Seattle (AWB) to masterplan and design the Academy of Excellence for Girls in Esquias, Honduras for Educate2Envision International (E2E). E2E’s mission is to provide access to secondary education for girls from rural regions of Honduras by funding the cost of education in return for the student’s participation in community development and entrepreneurial activities.
Seattle is undergoing unprecedented growth. It is estimated that over 20,000 people are moving each year and we as designers are doing our best to accommodate for their stay with densification and an emphasis on building vertically. While here this change is new, it is not new to other cities both domestic and abroad. A well-known leader in dealing with densification is the city of Hong Kong. In the last 50 years, Hong Kong has seen an influx in people unlike any other with its population doubling from three and a half million to over seven million. Due to the city’s mountainous geography and limited space for developable land, it has forced developers to build denser than ever before and is now one of the most densely populated cities in the world with over 17,000 people per square mile. The similarities between Hong Kong and Seattle might begin to be apparent. Both are going through a housing boom on limited land and people are needing to adapt.
“Parking day was an opportunity to step out of the office and interact with the “real” world... And what’s better than breaking down walls, meeting your neighbors and opening up a dialogue about something that affects us all in one way or another?”