March 2019

March 2019

New Practices in Hong Kong Architecture

Calvin Tsao spoke at the Center for Architecture at a symposium that was held in conjunction with the Center’s exhibition, Paul Rudolph: The Hong Kong Journey. Convened by Barry Bergdoll and Seng Kuan, the symposium focused on the innovative design and architectural solutions implemented in present-day Hong Kong.

From the Center’s website: “The reordering of the globalized world and the emergence of a new generation of young talent in Hong Kong have contributed to a surge of creative energy in the region. On a local level, Hong Kong has seen a rise in public interest in architecture, land use, urban development, preservation, and ecology. Designers, architects, and planners are responding to Hong Kong’s new social and cultural contexts, which are vastly different from the conditions Rudolph faced over 30 years ago. The program will facilitate international dialogue between architects in Hong Kong and New York City, allowing both sides to be exposed to ideas and issues that may influence the way they design cities in the future. “

Calvin joined fellow speakers Mark Lee, Jing Liu, Esther Lorenz, James von Klemperer, David Erdman, Angela Pang, Billie Tsien, Tod Williams, Laurent Gutierrez, Doreen Heng Liu, Dorothy Tang, Sasia Sassen, and Joanne Chu.

 
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April 2019

April 2019

Auburn University Lecture

Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown delivered a lecture at Auburn University. They spoke about architecture’s potential for social impact, and the lessons learned from working across sectors and regions.

 
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November 2018

November 2018

Norman Kleeblatt Symposium

Norman Kleeblatt at Work: Conversations on a Curatorial Practice

Calvin Tsao to speak at symposium in honor of Norman Kleeblatt’s career.

Friday, November 2, 2018
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM in the Lecture Hall
The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
1 East 78th Street

Norman Kleeblatt (MA Art History, Diploma in Conservation, IFA ‘75) is a curator, art historian, and critic, especially renowned for his well-crafted and broad ranging yet highly personal exhibitions. Since the 1980s, his shows have introduced new discursive frames for modern and contemporary art and society in Europe and the United States from the early nineteenth century to the present. He recently stepped down from his position as Chief Curator at the Jewish Museum after a tenure of over forty years at the institution. This symposium will be an opportunity for scholars and artists to reflect on and discuss Kleeblatt’s most influential exhibitions, including The Dreyfus Affair: Art, Truth and Justice (1987), Too Jewish? Challenging Traditional Identities(1996), and Action/Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art, 1940–1976 (2008) among many others, as well as his rethinking of art and cultural history, exhibition and institutional models. The afternoon will consist of two thematic sections, each with papers and panel discussions, followed by a conversation with Kleeblatt.

 
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April 2018

April 2018

Calvin Tsao to Jury NYCxDesign Awards

A DESIGN AWARDS PROGRAM
BUILT FOR NEW YORK CITY

The NYCxDESIGN Awards celebrates outstanding achievement across major areas of design—from architecture to interiors, from products to accessories, from craft to technology.

Deadline: April 18, 2018

 
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March 2018

March 2018

Interior Design Roundtable Explores the Possibilities of the Health and Wellness Sector

On March 20, Zack McKown participated in Interior Design’s Health and Wellness Roundtable, an industry-focused discussion exploring the ways in which wellness has become an indispensable design paradigm in the contemporary architecture and design scene.

 
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March 2018

March 2018

Walking a Tightrope:  Planning Livable Communities for the Future, in China and Beyond  

Calvin Tsao, Tsao & McKown, FAIA, Paul Whalen, Robert A. M. Stern Architects (RAMSA), FAIA, and Miriam Roure, Program Director at URBAN-X, discuss best practices for planning livable communities with Sarah Williams Goldhagen, critic, consultant, and author of Welcome to Your World (HarperCollins, 2017). The panel discussion takes as its point of departure two recent projects in China: Tsao & McKown’s Sangha, a residential and wellness community outside Suzhou, and RAMSA’s Heart of Lake, a high-rise garden suburb in Xiamen.  Finding the balance between learning from the vernacular, embracing technology’s potential to enhance the experience of place, and knowing when to ‘unplan’ as well as to plan are among the topics.  `Walking a Tightrope’ assumes an urgent need to establish human-centric urban design models for the future in the wake of the failures of post-war urban planning in the US. and the rapid urbanization in China.

Event Details

Thu 5 April 2018

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

A/D/O

29 Norman Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

 
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December 2017

December 2017

Lecture: Calvin Tsao on Dedication, Determination, and Design at Asia Society Hong Kong

Calvin Tsao lectures at the Asia Society Hong Kong

While the global population continues to increase, so do issues relating to social inequality, heritage preservation and environmental degradation. How could a contemporary architect be of best service to our places for now and beyond? Calvin Tsao examines this pressing question in the presentation, where he shares aspects of his life journey, beginning with his childhood in Hong Kong, then lessons learned from other places around the world that shaped his outlook and formed the basis of his works.

Event Details

Tue 12 Dec 2017

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Asia Society Hong Kong Center
9 Justice Drive, Admiralty

 
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May 2017

May 2017

Metropolis, ICFF, and NYCxDESIGN discuss the ‘New’ New York

Metropolis Magazine‘s Editor Paul Makovsky invited Calvin Tsao, Layng Pew (Principal, WXY Architecture + Urban Design), and Crystal Ellis (Co-founder, Egg Collective) to speak the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City (details below).

The panel will explore the best of New York City’s architecture, interiors and public spaces from the past three years.

This event also is part of NYCxDESIGN, for which Calvin Tsao served on the awards jury.

The ‘New’ New York
Monday, May 22, 2PM
ICFF at Jacob J. Javits Convention Center
655 W. 34th Street
New York, NY
More information here.

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May 2017

May 2017

Happy 100th Birthday, I.M. Pei!

On April 26, I.M. Pei turned 100 years old.

Calvin Tsao worked for Pei on the design and construction of the Fragrant Hotel in Beijing, which opened in 1982. Quoted about his mentor in Archinect during an event at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, Calvin reflected: “[Pei] moved way beyond the edifice [to consider] the entire environment, context, history, both the historical as well as the contemporary, the scholarship as well as the pragmatic and the poetic. He’s always looking at things in between, and that’s why it’s so hard to put him into a category. He’s not an academic or a conceptualist or a pragmatist, because he’s all of that, all at once…it’s his way with people. I can’t say whether he’s my mentor or my boss or whether he’s an inspiration, because he gets inside of you.”

Below is a picture of Pei, Calvin, and members of the project team at the Fragrant Hill Hotel in 1981.

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February 2017

February 2017

“How Our Lives Evolved in Creative Ways We Never Anticipated”

Zack McKown joined three-time Emmy winning documentary writer and producer Jaime Bernanke to speak as Honors College alumni at the University of South Carolina.

 
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January 2017

January 2017

Calvin Tsao speaks at Shanghai’s Salone del Mobile

Responding to the theme “Delightful,” Calvin discussed how design can bring joy to people by creating spaces and products that are functional and meaningful: designers can provide utility while also giving shape to psychologies, behaviors, and values. This approach requires designers to constantly rethink the functions and forms of their work according to the needs, identities, and contexts they serve.

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December 2016

December 2016

Calvin Tsao & Zack McKown named Fellows of the Urban Design Forum

The Urban Design Forum announces Calvin Tsao & Zack McKown as part of the 2016 Class of Fellows, a group of civic leaders shaping “dynamic, equitable and resilient cities around the world.”

 
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November 2016

November 2016

The Integral Conversation Conference discusses the legacy of I.M. Pei in China

The Integral Conversation provides an independent platform for experts from diverse fields to bring together their insights and perspectives on a range of topics related to sustainability.

Calvin Tsao joined Li Chung Pei (Partner at Pei Partnership Architects as well as son of I.M. Pei), Jianfei Zhu (Associate Professor of Architecture, Building, and Planning at the University of Melbourne), and Clifford Pearson (Director of the American Academy of China) to discuss I.M. Pei’s impact on a young generation of Chinese-born architects dedicated to sustainable urban design.

“Renowned architects and urban planners will discuss how architecture, through I.M. Pei’s works, transcends cultural and time boundaries and helps integrate human beings into nature in a harmonious way. We will also explore new concepts of living which emphasize the formation of self-sustaining, culturally-rich and human-centered communities.”

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October 2016

October 2016

Letter to the Developer: 14+ Foundation

The Storefront for Art and Architecture invited Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown as part of a select group of architects, curators, historians, and critics, to write a letter to a New York City developer of their choice – one who they believe should be recognized for making a positive contribution to public life, and whose work should become part of the norm of how development occurs.

Calvin and Zack wrote a letter to the 14+ Foundation, which has collaborated with New York architects to build the Chipakata Children’s Academy and the Mwabwindo School in rural Zambia, to express admiration of their mission to bring vital communal and educational spaces to people and regions in need.

Read our letter to the 14+ Foundation here.

 
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May 2016

May 2016

Calvin Tsao speaks about ‘Balance’ at TEDxShanghai

On May 7, 2016, Calvin Tsao spoke on the theme of ‘balance’ in his life and work at TEDxShanghai. He discussed what he believes to be a central purpose of architecture: to create physical spaces that provide utility and shape psychologies, behaviors, and values.

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He says: “Is our craft enough? Is our technique enough? Is our love for making beautiful things enough? We realized that we gotta do something more, we can’t just be stuck in our own vocation or our own profession. We have to look at how these things impact our society.”

 
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February 2016

February 2016

“Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial” opens February 12

We completed the exhibition design for Beauty, the fifth installment of the Cooper Hewitt, The Smithsonian National Design Museum’s contemporary design exhibition series. The exhibition runs February 12 through August 21, 2016.

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“Featuring recent work from the most outstanding voices in the global design scene, ‘Beauty’ will expand the discourse around the transformative power of aesthetic innovation,” said Caroline Baumann, director of the museum. “The exhibition will celebrate design as a creative endeavor that engages the mind, body and senses with works of astonishing form and surprising function.”

Project: Beauty – Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial

 
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December 2015

December 2015

Architectural Digest selects Tsao & McKown for the 2016 AD100

Architectural Digest’s AD100 is a list of “the world’s best architects and designers who are shaping the way we live.”

From our profile in this year’s issue: “Partners Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown have adapted their sensuous vision of modernism to projects of vastly different types and scales, always with an emphasis on materials’ emotional as well as aesthetic qualities.”

 
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December 2015

December 2015

“Favorite Hotels in the World”

Condé Nast Traveler names the Wheatleigh Hotel one of its “Favorite Hotels in the World.”

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In our renovation of this historic family estate, we created a broad set of visual cues, imagining that the house had remained in the continuous ownership of one family with each succeeding generation contributing to its décor. Interiors are at once diverse and luxurious, historically evocative and comfortably familial. The result is a thoroughly modern and luxurious interpretation of Gilded Age grandeur in the Berkshires.

 
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November 2015

November 2015

Calvin Tsao at the New Museum

On November 20, Calvin Tsao will moderate a panel at the New Museum as part of the Open City Symposium, which celebrates an anthology of architecture created by the students of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union in studios conducted by the architect Diane Lewis with a team of colleagues from 2001-2014. Calvin Tsao taught a studio with Diane Lewis on the principles derived from the work of artist Lucio Fontana.

In addition to his former students, Calvin will be joined on the panel by guest speakers Wendy Evans JosephAlex Kwartler, and Gaetano Pesce.

 
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October 2015

October 2015

New York Spaces names Tsao & McKown a Top 50 NYC Designer

From the article: “The two have a distinctive way of thinking that attracts a remarkable array of clients with an astonishing range of projects: from private residential spaces stateside to countries like China, for which the architects have planned eco-friendly communities.”

 
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