Students dive deep into Hong Kong's contemporary art fairs


Art Week is the most anticipated time of the year on the Hong Kong gallery scene. This international art frenzy brings together a community of artists and art lovers for a series of citywide pop-up events, opening receptions, and art installations. Savannah College of Art and Design used the occasion, and the convergence of Art Basel Hong Kong with the debut of satellite fair Art Central, as an opportunity to promote the city’s promising future as Asia’s premier international art hub.

In the lobby of the Mandarin Oriental, the official hotel partner of Art Basel Hong Kong, SCAD installed twin kinetic balloon sculptures by alumnus Jason Hackenwerth (M.F.A., painting, 2011). The Aries installation took 40 hours to complete and used more than 3,000 latex balloons to represent springtime and the intermingling of Eastern and Western cultures. The bright, whimsical piece welcomed more than 8,000 guests drawn to Hong Kong for Art Basel.

Meanwhile, SCAD partnered with Art Central as the fair’s official university sponsor to provide educational tours and showcase the next generation of talent alongside international commercial art galleries from across the globe. SCAD’s booth featured the artwork of three notable alumni from the school of fine arts: a site-specific silk flower installation by Gyun Hur (M.F.A., sculpture, 2009), a series of backlit lambda duratrans by Michael Porten (M.F.A., painting, 2012; B.F.A, illustration, 2004), and a large format painting by Jonathan Yoerger (M.F.A., painting, 2011; B.F.A., illustration, 2008). Nearly 4,500 guests visited the booth to see the exhibition, which the artists accomplished by collaborating across three time zones.

Porten designed his light-box triptych in Savannah while Yoerger and Hur, professors at SCAD Hong Kong, worked on-site. Then he traveled to Hong Kong before the fair opened to assemble the pieces and assist with the booth’s setup. Contrasting Hur’s contemplative work and Yoerger’s playful painting style, Porten’s artwork digitally incorporated various visual data to play off of the repetition in pattern and color.

The energy of all three artists working under one roof created a buzz among students, who popped in from day to day to see Yoerger’s progress on Cougar Meets Cougar, an acrylic painting on canvas, inspired by animal-print fashion and MCM accessories seen on the streets of Asia. The openness of the booth’s assembly provided a rare forum for students to critique a professor’s work and Yoerger invited their feedback during the painting’s creation. “Watching the piece unfold made the contemporary art fair and overarching idea of painting very tangible and accessible to the students,” said Yoerger.

The students were able to be a part of the process instead of just seeing the finished piece on the walls of the fair. - Professor Jonathan Yoerger

Hur’s installation, A Replication of My Mother’s Wedding Blanket No. 2, also enlisted the help of students. Together they spent 500 hours plucking, chopping, and shredding dozens of silk flowers that were sourced from local flower markets. Fashion marketing and management student Mashal Mushtaq joined the team after seeing a video of Hur’s installation work.

“I thought it would be a great opportunity to experience a project in a real-world environment, and this project is so culturally and personally important to Professor Hur,” said Mushtaq.


Born in Korea, Hur migrated to the U.S. with her parents at the age of 13. She believes art is a means to connect with the past and her former self “left behind” in Korea. “One of the greatest things that art does for us is to explore the emotional aspect of ourselves,” said Hur. While completing her M.F.A. at SCAD, shredded silk flowers became an integral part of her practice, representing the impermanence of beauty, joy, and memory. This eventually evolved into emblematic reproductions of her mother’s wedding blanket, which uses culturally coded colors from Korean ceremonial attire. But the act of cutting the flowers means just as much. “The process itself is repetitive, laborious, and simple,” observed Hur. The artist’s parents are typically the ones who help her cut the flowers. This was the first time she shared the process with her students, conjuring an emotionally charged environment in which they could explore the commercial art world.

Overall, Art Central provided students with access to the art fairs and networking opportunities with experts from East and West. Executive director of SCAD exhibitions, Laurie Ann Farrell, hosted insider tours of Art Central and Art Basel, which gave students a deeper understanding of the contemporary art world and introduced them to industry professionals. It was an eye-opening week for all students involved and provided a global stage for interaction with audiences who may one day return to see these emerging artists display their own work.

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Hong Kong's chalk-over


More than 50 student-artists gathered in the north parking lot of Savannah College of Art and Design in Hong Kong to participate in the Sidewalk Arts Festival, a tradition that connects the university's locations around the globe. 



Inspired by nature, typography, comics, Hong Kong culture and more, the contestants arrived with a vision and a plan. They found their assigned squares and their creativity flowed. Throughout the day, 200 festival-goers watched as the artists blended, shaded and sketched their way to cash prizes worth 3,500 HK$, and judges evaluated the resulting 29 chalk art masterpieces.



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First-time participants Chaaya Prabhat, Arundhati Prasad and Bhavishyaq Sharadhi won the Group Award for their take on artist Salvadore Dali.

“We wanted to draw someone iconic, someone instantly recognizable. We drew Salvadore Dali as his moustache is unmistakable."


Winner of the Spirit Award, Shann Larsson drew the SCAD mascot Art the Bee. "I love the process and enjoy challenges in media," Larsson said of her third showing at the festival. "The stylized bee was a drawing I sketched out in ink on paper and then attempted to recreate with thick chalk on concrete." 



The chalk quickly disappears upon meeting the rough surface again and again. But Larsson and the other winners can use their prize money to stock up on art supplies and chalk in time for the next Sidewalk Arts Festival. 

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Building João Vasco Paiva's 'Mausoleum' at Art Basel Hong Kong


When Hong Kong-based Portuguese artist João Vasco Paiva needed a studio assistant to help with a large-scale sculpture for Art Basel Hong Kong, the news spread quickly by word of mouth. Jakarta-born painting student Novita Permatasari jumped on the opportunity. Despite finals being just around the corner, Novita traveled between Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China to assist the artist in creating Mausoleum (2015), a massive sculptural installation inspired by ordinary Styrofoam coolers found in local markets. We caught up with Novita to reflect on her experience at the world’s premier contemporary art fair and being in the right place at the right time, as Hong Kong’s art scene is rising.

SCAD: What interested you in studying fine arts?

NP: Fine arts hold so many possibilities. I used to think painting was a major where you spent a lot of money and didn’t receive anything in return. Then I hung around with painters during my foundations year and that changed my mind. Obviously, that thinking is obsolete. Art Basel, for example, is the way contemporary artists sell paintings and how they become superstars. In the fine art world, you get to meet many people and you get to mingle. It excites me.

I like meeting new people from other worlds; I like to learn their cultures. That’s what attracts me. Painting is a way to live freely. - Novita Permatasari

SCAD: What drew you to switch your major from animation to painting?

NP: I took both animation and painting classes during my first year because SCAD students are not limited to classes in their majors. With painting, I can harness more experimentation with real material. I’m okay with using the computer; I’m not saying it’s bad. It’s just that I like to touch things with my own hands.

SCAD: Walk us through your internship experience with João Vasco Paiva.

NP: João derived the idea for Mausoleum from his last show and he just pushed the boundaries. I was involved in the preparation stage. Although the sculpture itself is big, it’s comprised of small pieces: Styrofoam boxes cast in resin. The tape seen in the sculpture looks real, but it’s not real tape. It’s casted. In the casting material, everything is comprised of white concrete. Before he painted it, I had to mask everything to make sure the paint didn’t leak out. So each person could only mask eight to ten boxes per day because they had so many holes. It was labor-intensive. I also helped to dismantle the sculpture. There were 208 boxes that we wrapped delicately, one by one. We started at about 5:00 p.m. when the fair ended and finished around 1:00 a.m.

SCAD: Tell us about your work with Edouard Malingue Gallery, Mr. Paiva’s gallery.

NP: The internship began when I was working with João on Mausoleum in Shenzhen. They needed more hands because of Art Basel Hong Kong. Now I do their design work and assist with the gallery’s social media coverage. I also update artist PDFs and create renderings for clients to show how a painting will look in their home. It’s a three-month internship, but my goal is to work there through August, when the gallery has a show in Indonesia.

SCAD: Describe the experience of working for an international gallery in Hong Kong.

NP: It’s fun. There is so much pressure to get work done, so every day we set targets and keep the social media going. As you know with social media, if you are inactive even for one day interest will quickly decline. You have to keep posting. Writing the blurbs is not as easy as I thought. When you’re talking about other artists, you have to do editorial research on their work.

SCAD: In what ways have these experiences influenced your personal art practice?

NP: If you consider what was shown at Art Basel Hong Kong, art is becoming more conceptual instead of commercial. My art is leaning more towards the conceptual side. I think it’s more exciting. João is really good with digital art. He practices the materiality and form in real life. I like that a lot and I think that might be happening soon in my work.

SCAD: Why did you choose SCAD?

NP: I looked at the rankings of art schools. SCAD was one of the best and has different locations, which was important. Because I live in Asia, Hong Kong is closest. So why not choose SCAD when I can get an American education within Asia?

SCAD: What are your plans after graduation?

NP: If possible, I will stay in Hong Kong. It’s a growing place for art. In Indonesia, it’s super hard to see art because shows are located on different sides of the island. In Jakarta, there are some galleries, but the art center is in Jogja. Here in Hong Kong, you can just hop on the MTR or hop on the bus and see everything. Even in Central at the Pedder Building, for example, you can see at least five different major galleries. The most feasible option for me is to stay in Hong Kong, but not limit myself to other options.

Given her unlimited potential, it’s safe to bet this isn’t the last time that we’ll see Novita at Art Basel.

Whitney Yoerger is a special projects manager overseeing collaborative projects with external partners at Savannah College of Art and Design in Hong Kong. She is also a writer, always in search of stories about talented students and alumni. Follow her on Twitter @whityoerger.

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Hong Kong fashion talent on the rise


The rise of the Asian fashion market means up and coming designers no longer exclusively eye New York or Paris as launching pads for their careers. Nor does the industry expect that the next generation will hail from one of the traditional fashion capitols. Think Hong Kong’s Henry Lau. In addition to its proximity to the juggernaut of the Chinese market, for example, Hong Kong is home to major brands like Gucci, D&G, LV and Prada – all of which need new talent to thrive and evolve. And so, along with Henry, executives from giants like Polo Ralph Lauren, DKNY and Shanghai Tang attended Savannah College of Art and Design’s inaugural Hong Kong fashion showcase to see what students there have in store for the industry.

With perennial fashion mentor and "America's Next Top Model" staple Miss J Alexander working alongside them behind the scenes, students sent 30 original designs down the runway.

[R]ight now everyone is running to come to China, because China is a huge market that keeps developing and growing.  –Miss J Alexander

Hong Kong native Janet Wong and Singapore native Dawn Bey, both SCAD Hong Kong fashion students, showed pieces from their collections and worked as dressers backstage, assisting models with fitting and changing garments, accessories and shoes.

Dawn showed a dress from her “Detour” collection, designed to send the message that women can do any job. In this garment, the road worker’s vest was transformed in to a dress, and touches of neon pink pop against a yellow mesh vest and gray skirt that’s reminiscent of cement.

[W]hen it comes to being a designer, you have to think about how your customer will eventually wear your clothes. The show also taught me about styling and how to communicate with people. – Dawn Bey

This look by Janet resulted from an assignment to create a collection that combines sportswear and an ethnic group. Janet merged the sport of hunting with a Scottish theme to create garments made of jersey.

As a fashion designer, it is important to know how runway backstage works. From styling, rehearsal, to the final presentation, each step is indispensable for a good fashion show.  – Janet Wong

Referencing standards of beauty in China and Western cultures, her second look was inspired by foot bindings, corsets and Greek sculpture.

With history and culture serving as the basis for her collections, young designers like Janet will inevitably perpetuate the mounting East to West transfer of influence and style.

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Shanghai Fashion Week through student eyes


Sixty-five students from Savannah College of Art and Design in Hong Kong recently traveled to Shanghai Fashion Week and Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics, the second largest fabric fair in the world. The field trip afforded students from SCAD’s fashion, fashion marketing and management, and luxury and fashion management programs in-depth exposure to Asia’s fashion capital and some of Shanghai’s best galleries and creative spaces, including "M50", a contemporary art district on par with New York’s SoHo and Beijing’s 798 Art Zone.

For Singapore-born Dawn Bey (B.F.A., fashion), the Shanghai trip provided first-hand knowledge of how Shanghai’s fashion industry operates, from design and manufacturing, to marketing and retail sales.

If you want to work in Shanghai one day, you have to see it and feel it yourself. Shanghai is where the market is, where the jobs are. - Dawn Bey

Dawn visited the fashion shows of Mainland designers Ye Weicheng and Elysee Yang Guanhua. Her courses at SCAD prepared her to notice both the overall concept and small details of the looks - like how a zipper was done - when models came down the runway. She was particularly interested in noticing new construction and new techniques for finishing garments. Most impressive to Dawn was Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics, where 3,500 fabric and accessory companies from 35 countries around the globe exhibited.

It’s not easy for young designers to gain access to the latest in garment making technology. Attending the shows in person enabled them to grasp the trends better. Selecting fabric samples to take home is another reason why designers-to-be look forward to attending shows.

Student Madeleine Ivey (B.F.A., photography; minor, fashion marketing and management) noticed that the stores she visited in Shanghai were full of inspiration pulled from the runway. Here’s an excerpt from her journal:

The M50 galleries were another amazing part of the trip and one of my favorites. Since I’m a photography major with a fashion marketing and management minor, the YSL exhibit was extremely relevant to me. The photographer featured, Pierre Boulat, made a huge impact in fashion photography, as he was the only photographer allowed to shoot YSL’s first show. This set the tone for his work for the next years of his life. He was also featured in Time and other fashion magazines. It was very cool to see his prints in real life! Although a bit difficult to understand, the Woolmark presentation got me thinking about wool in a whole other light. It was also fascinating to see the 'future of fashion' through just one company, and how they are utilizing their brand for the future. I loved the idea of putting wool into jeans and sportswear. I was blown away by how huge the fabric fair was…literally the size of an international airport! We were able to go to a lot of the stations and see different fabrics and accessories. It was overwhelming for sure! My favorite station was the innovative fabrics. I also thought it was incredible how many companies attended and how many options for clothing and zippers, etc. there were.

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Landmark moment for SCAD graduates in Hong Kong


It was a milestone for Savannah College of Art and Design's 35-year history when its first graduating class from Hong Kong walked across the commencement stage.

More than 60 graduates gathered at the W Hong Kong Hotel, which overlooks the West Kowloon waterfront, to celebrate the beginning of a long journey of achievements ahead. Nearly 300 families, professors and supporters of SCAD attended the ceremony in Hong Kong's new art and cultural quarter.

Valedictorian Katrina Teh (B.F.A., illustration, 2014) left her hometown of Manila to study at SCAD in 2011. This is the second diploma that she's earned. Before SCAD, Katrina graduated with honors from the most prestigious university in Manila. Still, she felt there was more she could do to make her passion dovetail with her career. She came to SCAD with a very clear goal of realising her dream of drawing for a living.

“I consciously chose SCAD because I wanted to be technically better as an artist. I came here finding that I was growing up – learning how to be a better person. SCAD opened my life to a world of creative people and great opportunity for growth. ”

In her speech, Katrina also said that at SCAD she found “comrades in art,” like minded students with the same passion for creating things who would go through critiques together, sleepless from tirelessly perfecting key frames, value contrasts, kerning or line quality.

While at SCAD, Katrina exhibited her work widely, received coverage in the Philippine Star and The Hong Kong Economic Journal, and led a team from SCAD to win the 2012 Disney ImagiNations Hong Kong competition. Following her ImagiNations win, she was awarded a trip to Disney headquarters in Glendale, California and an internship at Hong Kong Disneyland. Recently, she accepted a position as a concept designer at Hong Kong Disneyland and will continue to work as an illustrator and painter, as well. Her advice for fellow graduates:

“There is no peak upon graduation, my friends, only an infinite sky of possibilities. Keep moving forward, and never give up.”

Presiding over the commencement ceremony, SCAD president and co-founder Paula Wallace conferred degrees to the graduates. The new SCAD alumni were also addressed in a speech by interior designer Ken Hu (M.A., interior design, 1995), a partner at Chen Chung Design. Ken shared his experiences as a creative professional and told the group what they can look forward to after studying at SCAD.

The first batch of graduates was also joined by Adrian Cheng Chi-kong, a cultural entrepreneur and advocate for art and education in Hong Kong and Asia, as well as co-founder and chairman of Arts in Heritage Research. SCAD awarded Adrian an honorary doctorate degree.

SCAD Board of Trustees chair Albie Whitaker III, board member Chan Lai Wa, Deputy Consul General of the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong, Tom Cooney, and Raymond Chan, a representative from Hong Kong's office of the Commissioner for Heritage, were among some of the distinguished guests at the ceremony.




插畫系學士課程學生Katrina Teh今年以優異成績畢業,並獲得代表畢業生在典禮上致告別辭的機會。Katrina熱愛創作和畫畫,於2011年由馬尼拉來港入讀SCAD。她先前在馬尼拉一所大學以優異成績畢業並取得第一個學士學位,但她仍感不足,希望進一步裝備自己,她入讀SCAD時懷著明確目標:將繪晝創作的興趣變成一生的事業。Katrina致辭時說:「我選擇入讀SCAD,因為我希望磨鍊技巧,成為一個更優秀的藝術家。在這裡我發現自己成長了,變成一個更優秀的人。SCAD創造了一個有利學習進步的空間,讓我可以與其他有創意的人連結交流。」

Katrina認識了不少志同道合、同樣熱衷創作的「戰友」同學,數年來一起捱夜、一起趕功課,奮力完善每個技術細節如動畫創作的關鍵幀 (key frame)、明度(value contracts) 、字距(kerning),甚至是線的質量。

在學期間,Katrina的作品有機會於Philippine Star及信報刊登,她並與三位同學組隊勇奪2012年迪士尼幻想工程香港挑戰賽冠軍。他們的奬品是免費參觀美國加州的迪士尼樂園,以及到香港迪士尼接受為期八周的實習生訓練。今年六月畢業後,Katrina將獲聘為香港迪士尼的概念設計師。


畢業典禮由SCAD校長Paula Wallace主持,她並向一眾畢業生頒贈學位和證書。


藝術及古蹟資料研究的創辦人及主席鄭志剛獲頒發榮譽博士學位,以表揚他對推動香港藝術和文化的貢獻。其他出席的嘉賓包括SCAD董事會主席Alan B. Whitaker III及董事會成員陳麗華、美國領事館及發展局的代表。

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Waste to Art: HSBC-SCAD Hong Kong exhibit redefines reuse


One last nod to Mother Earth before Earth Month slips away. Behold the thought-provoking and stunning pieces that comprise the Hong Kong exhibition, "Waste to Art." The show is a result of HSBC's partnership with 29 Savannah College of Art and Design freshmen to raise environmental awareness within the bank's community. In three months time, the students made sculptures composed entirely of recycled waste provided by the bank, including plastic, paper, and electronics. The 23 sculptures, which bear the fruit of the students' diverse academic pursuits at SCAD Hong Kong as much as they do an astute social conciousness, will be displayed at HSBC locations until June 22. Additionally, HSBC is considering adding several of the pieces to its permanent art collection, which includes works by Chinese and western artists, like George Chinnery.

"E-body" by Abinanth Ashok (B.F.A., visual effects) and Mariam Zamani (B.F.A., graphic design). Made of cardboard, wire mesh, cable wires, clock, motherboards and printer gears.

E-body represents a human race that contains electronic parts which many of us carelessly discard. It foretells the future of mankind if timely precautions are not made.

"Lai See/Paper Tapestry" by Rhéa Duckworth (B.F.A., advertising) and Rhea Nayar (B.F.A., architecture). Made of newspaper and shredded paper.

Lai See/Paper Tapestry was inspired by one issue: We sought to portray the falling motion of waste entering the landfill, where 25% of Hong Kong's paper ends up.

"Tech Smog" by Anastasia Simone (B.F.A., advertising) and Jonathan 'Jay' Lee( B.F.A., advertising). Made of keyboards and wires.

Tech Smog represents a sinister cloud because this deadly form of pollution is not often brought to light. It's about treating e-waste like dangerous pollution. We believe recycling is not enough. We don’t really want to make something look like waste. We want to make something that looks like art, not just screaming 'recycling.' It's just there quietly and sends you the message that you don’t really have to think about it.

"I wasted time, and now doth time waste me" by Inga Nelli (B.F.A., painting). Made of steel, acrylics and recycled plastic pellets.

The monumental hourglass, with waste trickling down, reinforces the idea that time runs out as waste becomes a permanent part of our nature. Viewers are invited to invert the hourglass.

"Take-A-Waste" by Daniel Kostianos (B.F.A., graphic design). Made of cardboard, cables and bamboo.

Based on the premise of consuming less and reducing more, this piece is made entirely out of discarded computer cables, cardboard and a pair of bamboo sticks rescued from the rubbish bin.

"Plastic is the New Porcelain" by Dawn Bey (B.F.A., fashion). Made of plastic bottles and wax.

By making plastic bottles resemble modern-day Ming vases, this piece elevates the status of such material into imperial ornaments, leading viewers to reflect on the widespread usage of plastic in our society today. I melted wax and dipped the plastic bottles and coated them a few times until they look really smooth, like porcelain. I made three types of bottles: plain, a layer of rice paper under a layer of wax, and wax printed on wax. All made of classic Chinese imagery like bamboo and plum blossoms.

"SPLURT" by Andre Ho, (B.F.A., interactive design and game development), Ellen Siu (B.F.A., interior design) and Jenn Lam (B.F.A., illustration). Made of shredded paper and foam.

This piece symbolizes the excessive use of paper in Hong Kong, showing that our landfills are overflowing and warning us that it soon may fill our streets.

"Stained City" by Jeselle Leung (B.F.A., photography). Made of plastic bottle labels and steel.

When will we start to take care of the place that we live in? A city made from waste prompts viewers to reflect on how they are affecting the community.

"E Bird" by Wesley Yau (B.F.A., visual effects) and James Hou (B.F.A., fashion marketing and management). Made of wires, metal, and CDs.

We love nature; and since birds are fragile creatures, we have created this bird sculpture to raise public awareness of e-waste harming animals in Hong Kong. 

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Sidewalk Arts Festival welcomes spring in Hong Kong


More than 100 students at Savannah College of Art and Design turned out for the annual Sidewalk Arts Festival, the rite of spring at the university's locations in Hong Kong and Savannah (April 26). Whether Inspired by nature, Hong Kong landmarks, mythology or even SCAD's mascot, Art the Bee, the masterpieces were too ornate to tread on. Here's the winning squares and the best of the rest.

Best Overall Individual Square

Alissa Berkhan (B.F.A., Illustration): “This is my third time joining Sidewalk Arts. I wanted to create something colourful and playful. I drew four flamingos with shoes, and incorporated the words SCAD into the flamingos.”

Best Overall Group Square

Mairin Blaauw (B.F.A., Painting) and Maddalena DeBeni (B.F.A., Graphic Design)

SCAD Spirit Square

Laura Kwon (B.F.A., Advertising), Peggy Ip (B.F.A., Illustration) and Yi Jeong Koh (B.F.A., Painting)

The Best of the Rest

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I'm going to Disneyland!


You may hear the famililar refrain of champions, "I'm going to Disneyland," ring out from your television on Sunday night after the big game. But four students from Savannah College of Art and Design programs in Interior Design, Animation, Illustration and Interactive Design and Game Development have the Super Bowl victors beat.

They’re in Disneyland this week visiting the headquarters of Walt Disney Imagineering. The dream field trip and their eight-week internship at Hong Kong Disneyland, slated for June, are prizes for their first place finish in the Disney ImagiNations Hong Kong contest for emerging designers.

Click here to read more about students who are working to create the world's leading theme parks of the future.

The winning 2013 Disney ImagiNation's Hong Kong team took us inside their winning concept "Second Star to the Right" and what it took to be the third team in a row from SCAD to take home the grand prize.

"Our team proposed to bring 'Neverland' to the Hong Kong audience. While famous as the setting for Peter Pan's adventures, we wanted Neverland to become a unique, personal experience for guests."

"Each aspect of the land is as immersive as it is diverse. It features interactive Pirate Bay and Mermaid Lagoon playgrounds, a fantastical Pixie Hollow restaurant, a thrilling gesture-activated dark ride in which guests help Peter save Tinkerbell, and a theater in the round showcasing the story of Peter's adventures with the Darling children through 360 degree projections."

"Throughout each area of the land, guests can also document their adventures through Magic Mirror photo booths and pixie-powered light drawings. Guests are then able to weave their personal Neverland experience together through the creation of their very own storybook."

"There were many iterations of the Neverland concept, but we always knew that the land had to offer an experience that was both immersive and interactive. We realized that the land's uniqueness rested primarily on the guests' ability to feel a personal connection to Neverland. Keeping that in mind, we focused on building a unique hook for guests to experience. We also narrowed the attractions down to the ones that made the greatest cohesive impact."

A lot of the technology we use in Neverland is derived from technology already available in the market.

"In our dark ride below, for example, guests use gestures to interact with the environment. This is very similar to the technology they use for the Kinect, where special cameras detect specific body or hand gestures and use them as cues to trigger events. In our Magic Mirrors, guests can take photos of themselves and apply backgrounds and images to their photos, similar to that of a Purikura Photo Booth. In our Indian Brave Camp, guests can draw onto the walls of a special tent using a totem, using technology that is very similar to the wiimote.

"In terms of conceptualizing and developing our ideas, we worked a lot with traditional sketches to flesh out our initial concepts. What's great is that the design process is iterative, and being able to quickly discuss things with your teammates and edit ideas on the fly is incredibly convenient. After everything had been figured out, we worked almost exclusively with Photoshop to create the final illustrations and slides you see above."


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Immersion Hong Kong: a 20-day tour of the city's architectural gems


In case you’re stuck somewhere cold, snowy, uninspired, or all of the above, here’s some eye candy that’ll whisk you away on a virtual, albeit momentary, adventure.

The images come from 18 graduate and undergraduate students from Savannah College of Art and Design's School of Building Arts who are traversing Hong Kong in search of the neighborhoods, architecture, and urban design that make it one of the world’s great cities.

Hong Kong's historic and modern culture provides students with rich perspectives of Chinese architecture, social and political influences in its urban design and architecture. - Hsu-Jen Huang, Professor of Architecture

These postcards and excerpts from the travel-study itinerary document the field trips and assignments the students have participated in since arriving in Hong Kong. SCAD Hong Kong's location in the North Kowloon Magistracy Building has not only provided a welcoming home base, but a context for understanding development and preservation in Asia at large.

Day 1: Arrival in Hong Kong.

Day 2: Orientation and first class meeting at SCAD Hong Kong, then dinner with SCAD architecture alumni representing Handel Architects, Marc & Chantal Design, Aedas and Pleasanthouse Architects.

Day 3: Chungking Mansions site visit followed by a walking tour of the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade and the Hong Kong Museum of Art.

Day 4: Fa Yuen Street Market, Ladies Market and Jade Market.

Day 5: Field trip to Macau and the Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral.

Day 8: Firm visit at Foster + Partners. Meetings with local residents, preservationists and firms give students a taste of what it’s like to be engaged in a global practice. Then a stop at Kowloon Walled City and a discussion of the Kai Tak Airport redevelopment site.

Day 10: The pier at Cheung Chau Island.

Day 13: At the Hong Kong Maritime Museum, students pitch in and help the American Institute of Architects teach architectural sketching for the Draw Together Hong Kong event, which teaches participants how cities develop through observation and the resulting drawings.

Day 11: A field trip to Tian Tan Buddha.

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