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Today’s emerging creatives are the leading forces of tomorrow. It is vital to let their visions be seen and their voices heard. This is the philosophy behind Perspective’s 40 Under 40 Awards. We hosted the 13th edition of the programme on May 26 with the objective of promoting the cream of the crop across the fields of architecture, interior and product design, and art in Asia-Pacific. This year, we welcomed winners from Hong Kong, Taiwan, mainland China, Singapore, Australia, Italy and the United States. We wish them all the brightest future.

It goes without saying that the future belongs to the young generation and that, of course, includes students. We take a look at the graduate exhibitions from students of architecture and design faculties from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Savannah College of Art and Design Hong Kong. It is not difficult to spot the gems and it appears some future design talent is already in the making.

Looking further afield, the uncertainty of Brexit clouding Britain’s economy may still be looming but it has not deterred the country from facing the challenges ahead. In this issue, we examine some of the latest developments in architecture and building in the British capital and its still-booming property market. One notable venture now developing under full steam – or redeveloping, to be exact – is the power plant-turned mixed-used project – the iconic Battersea Power Station, in the hands of WilkinsonEyre. Combining commercial, shopping and residential developments, it is going to be a major player in a purposely revitalised district of the city.

At the time of going to press, the deadlines for our forthcoming A&D Trophy and China Awards were about to pass. But we are delighted to announce some of our distinguished jury members this year. They will include Piero Lissoni, Heidar Sadeki, Alan Chan, William Lim, André Fu, Tara Bernerd, Dara Huang, James Law, Alix Lawson and Viviana Muscettola and more – a good mix of male and female leading design figures from around the globe.

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Wind of change
In 2004, Perspective founded the A&D Trophy Awards to promote and honour the finest architecture and design in the Asia Pacific region. Fourteen years on, we continue to discover extraordinary works and projects created by the astounding talents of local and international designers.

The 2018 awards promise to be particularly rewarding, with a healthy mixture of sizeable established practices as well as smaller independent and homegrown design studios. Familiar names and new faces include Steve Leung Designers, Aedas, Benoy, Neri&Hu, Ronald Lu & Partners, LAAB Architects, 10 Design, One Plus Partnership and A Work of Substance, all deserved winners and powerful pillars that help to drive the industries forward and propel newcomers togreater heights.

While we acknowledge the current and next generations of designers, we also pay tribute to past generations. We are proud to have selected retired British architect Ronald J Phillips as the Pinnacle Award winner for his outstanding contribution to the architectural map of Hong Kong. His work for the Hong Kong Government, from 1956 to 1969, resulted in such landmark buildings as City Hall, the Star Ferry Pier and the Murray Building, which was magically transformed this year into a five-star hotel, The Murray.

This year we have opted for a slight change by creating a new crystal plaque in place of the certificates we have traditionally presented to the winners of the Best of Category and Certificate of Excellence awards. Our highest honours, the Best of the Best trophies, have also been given a new look with refined colour and materials.

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the competition this year and congratulate all our winners for their exceptional creations. Watch out for a bigger, better 2019 for Perspective.

Dennis Lee

Managing Editor

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