Moby Dick has to leave Hong Kong. The General Post Office in Hong Kong is a building that seems to be of no architectural interest to the public. In recent years, however, there has been a lot of talks about how to use the site on which the building sits.
In a city as expensive and dense as Hong Kong, how do we go about developing large stretches of land that could be used by everyone? Yes, the answer is a shopping mall. A shopping mall is about revenue; revenue is capital, and capital allows economic growth. But why demolish a perfectly healthy, public building that has long been a perfect example of an urban condenser? Is shopping mall the only building type that can play the role of urban activator in the 21st century city? How will shopping shape everyday public life in the next 20 years?
How might such a consideration help us rethink the relationship between architecture, urbanism and urban culture in a broader sense?
Are green spaces loosely called „landscape features “simply place holders in a master plan? Are master plans the best means to produce contemporary urbanism?
These will be some of the questions that we will address at this second debate on urbanism organized by the Department of Architecture at HKU.
This event is free and open to the public. We welcome all to an evening of what promises to be a critical debate.