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Screening/Discussion: "Telos: The Fantastic World of Eugene Tssui" (1.0 LU)
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When: Thursday, February 21, 2019
6:00 - 8:30 PM
Where: TOTO Concept 190
190 King Street
San Francisco, California  94107
United States
Contact: Annabelle Udo-O'Malley

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$15 (AIASF Member); $20 (General)
Note: This is a 21+ event; light food and drinks will be provided.




Join us for this one-of-a-kind conversation with maverick architect Eugene Tssui and filmmaker, Kyung Lee, in what will truly be a lively presentation of “Telos: The Fantastic World of Eugene Tssui”. The film presents the vision of Tssui, inspired by nature’s form and function and whose ideas, always focused on sustainability, have been ahead of their time for over 30 years. Tssui is a man who, in his own words, is trying to do no less than to “change the world.” “Telos” constructs a complex portrait of a fascinating character fueled by unswerving self-assuredness and unyielding creativity. The opening montage introduces his aesthetic, featuring architectural models with vibrant colors and unusual shapes that conjure images of enormous plants, birds or insects. 
Tssui will also present his preliminary designs for a 30,000-square acre seaside city in southern China, as well as the conceptual design for this century's tallest building at 1888 meters high, nearly three times taller than the existing Burj Kalifa building in Dubai, to be built in Shenzhen Bay in the Chinese city of Shenzhen next to Hong Kong.

About the Presenter
Eugene Tssui was apprenticed to the renowned American architect, Bruce Goff, from 1976 until Goff's death in 1982. Goff, who was a protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright and one of the most inventive and iconoclastic architects, once described Eugene as the most gifted and creative young man he’d ever encountered for 52 years of teaching students and training apprentices; Born in Cleveland, Ohio, of Chinese parents and fluent in the Mandarin Chinese and English languages, Eugene Tssui holds four professional degrees in architecture and city and regional planning having attended the University of Oregon, Columbia University Graduate School of Design and the University of California, Berkeley where he received an Interdisciplinary Doctorate in Architecture and Education. He has won numerous scholarships and professional research grants including those from the Graham Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts (Canada). At the age of seventeen he won an "Honorable Mention for Most Exciting Design" from an American Institute of Architects competition. He attended McGill University and was an intern architect at the age of nineteen and at twenty was the youngest member of the Organizing Committee of the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics design team as the assistant to the Senior Coordinator.

About the Filmmaker
Kyung Lee's directorial debut, “TELOS: The Fantastic World of Eugene Tssui ” (2014), has been shown at film festivals worldwide and is currently being broadcast on PBS stations. Her editing credits include “Navajo Math Circles” (2016, PBS), “2E: Twice Exceptional” (2015), “Counting from Infinity: Yitang Zhang and the Twin Conjecture” (2015, PBS) “Big Joy: The Adventure of James Broughton” (2013, SXSW, Tribeca), “The Illness and the Odyssey” (2013, Mill Valley, Guam Int’l), as well as multi-media projects and commercial productions. She is currently editing “Ottomaticake,” a story about Hawaiian culinary scene’s best kept secret, “Ottomaticake,” and its owner, punk rock baker Otto. as well as “Homecoming,”which documents two women’s pilgrimage to Puka Puka, a remote atoll in the Cook Islands. Both films are directed and produced by Gemma Cubero del Barrio (“Ella Es El Matador” 2009, Silverdocs, Tribeca, POV).


1. Innovative materials that cannot ignite, are waterproof, do not mold and mildew, are inexpensive, and use no energy and electricity to manufacture.

2. Structural forms and systems that use less materials and energy, are lightweight, and have high strength-to-weight ratios.

3. Designing buildings that have no HVAC systems and are therefore true zero energy buildings that do not pollute the planet.

4. Designing cities that use compost toilet systems for growing food and have no infrastructure for sewage. No drinking water that as used as sewage and no sewage treatment for city use. Zero energy technologies that use rain water and indigenous bodies of water for drinking and creating clean water.