Hyatt Announces 2012 Beijing Architecture Forum
Includes debates on contemporary architectural issues by leading architects and Pritzker Prize laureates
"Over the coming decades, the success of China"s urbanization will be critical to its economic and social development. The challenge, as in any urbanization around the world, is to achieve urban growth that is in harmony with local needs and culture. We hope that the conference will provide an important forum for industry experts from China and around the world to gather and discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the architecture industry in the creation of sustainable, livable cities of the future."
The 2012 Beijing Architecture Forum will comprise a series of moderated forums and academic discussions on a wide spectrum of urban-related architectural topics and will be attended by a diverse array of architecture and design industry, governmental, student and educational bodies and developer representatives, together with leading international and Chinese architects, Pritzker Prize laureates including Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel, and the 2012 recipient Wang Shu, together with members of the Pritzker Prize jury, led by Lord Palumbo of Walbrook.
The full-day event will kick off at the Beijing National Conference Centre with moderated debates on topics including architectural globalization and localization, and architectural innovation and development. In the afternoon, the academic activities relocate to Tsinghua University, providing architecture students and professors from Tsinghua and some other universities in China with an opportunity to listen and debate with Pritzker Prize laureates.
President and Chief Executive Officer of Hyatt Hotels Corporation Mr. Mark S. Hoplamazian said: "Hyatt is very proud to be associated with the Beijing Architecture Forum. It is an opportunity for us to make a contribution to China and to the communities in which Hyatt hotels operate. Hyatt's mission is to provide authentic hospitality. We define that as making a difference in the lives of people that we touch everyday. Architecture and design can definitely improve the lives of the people who visit our hotels and the lives of people live and work in the communities where we operate. Over the years, Hyatt has sought to foster and inspire a culture of environmental responsibility in its operations and in its responsibility to our customers, our people and the community. We have been focusing on developments that create memorable public spaces and powerful experiences for our guests and local communities. We hope our collaboration with the Beijing Municipal Government and Tsinghua University will provide an opportunity for architectural students in China to learn from world architectural elites to become the future leaders of the urban design and innovation."
Since the first Hyatt hotel opened in Greater China in 1969, Hyatt has earned a reputation for innovation and quality across the region. Hyatt hotels now operate under the Park Hyatt, Andaz, Grand Hyatt, and Hyatt Regency brands and have expanded beyond the traditional metropolitan areas into many of the country"s secondary and tertiary cities. In addition to its 19 hotels in China, the company has more than 30 sites under development. New properties will include Hyatt Place and Hyatt House, select service brands with smartly designed, high-tech and contemporary environments, introduced to meet the needs of the growing numbers of Chinese consumers. China remains central to Hyatt"s global growth strategy, and the 2012 Beijing Architecture Forum, together with the announcement of the 2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize award ceremony in Beijing, are the most recent milestones in the company"s long history here.
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