Buildings are grounded. If the geographical conditions are always phase-changing between solid and liquid, how would buildings transform and adapt to these dynamics? This talk revisits our recent research journeys to the villages on Kat O island, one of the largest islands in the northeastern waters of Hong Kong. By looking closely at the village houses and their relationship to the surrounding geographical conditions, we probe the villagers’ fluid identities between land and water, their techniques of appropriation in building and living, and propose a dynamic understanding of Hong Kong’s coastline communities in relation to the constantly shifting and overlapping socio-political frameworks of the region. The project is led by Su Chang with a team of student assistants from HKU Architecture and supported by a Design Trust seed grant.
Su Chang is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Hong Kong’s Department of Architecture. His work explores new forms of public life and their spaces between architecture and geography. The projects envision spatial infrastructures that support future iterations and adaptations, encouraging sustainability, diversity, and participation.