Department of Architecture
The University of Hong Kong
HKU Architecture Gallery @ Knowles
13 September (Monday ) – 1 October 2021 (Friday)
3/F Corridor, Knowles Building
13 September (Monday) – 20 September 2021 (Monday)
KB318, Knowles Building
Architecture is traditionally perceived as a tangible object, unnaturally placed in a certain habitat, be it natural, man-made or digital. However, it is very rarely questioned how the presence of architecture not only influences its environment, but how it is sensed by it. The year 2 studio will analyze existing architecture, particularly housing, through 3 different visions: human vision,machine vision, and nature vision, debuting the year with one simple task: translating architectural concepts from “on paper” analysis to the built reality of Hong Kong.
Each studio has created a theme under which to operate the analysis of architecture: Sequence Houses, Grid Houses, Puzzle Houses, Cloud Houses, Poche Houses and Mirrored Houses. Therefore, students have been assigned to uncover the real-life postures of these architectural instances in Hong Kong. The images are accompanied by sound sequences depicting their understanding of domesticity in the city of Hong Kong.
The title is an homage to Terunobu Fujimori and Genpei Akasegawa’s “Street Observation Society”, the “Jungle” element being added to represent both the concrete jungle aspect of Hong Kong, but also nature’s general triumph over the built environment, a theme which will be heavily addressed in this semester’s studio.