Related Staff : Alexander Zipprich
Students: Chan Hin Hung (Dave), Chan Shu Man (Amanda), Cheung Ka Wah Francis, Choi Chung Hei (Vincent), Lam Oi Tung (Iva), Law Yik Chun (Evelyn), Mao Xuemeng, Sun Yuerong (Rayna), Wang Yi Xiao (Annie), Yeung Hoi Yin (June), Yuen Tin Long Zackary
Geography Landscape Infrastructure
The site is a 2.4-hectare plot, also part of the harbourfront promenade, located adjacent to Queen’s Peer, opposite City Hall, north of Lung Wo Road and east of Yiu Sing Street. The programme is defined as a Campus for the Arts and Knowledge.
Under the theme of “Reclaiming Central”, the studio explores architecture’s relations with the city, including its capacities to (re-)define and generate urbanity. Students have been introduced to, and employ various methodologies of inquiry by design. The outcome are conceptual proposals for the central harbourfront introducing creative arts- and knowledge related programs. Design propositions and interventions are sought, which architecturally integrate new programs into a comprehensive framework of geography, landscape, and infrastructures, as analyzed, (re-)defined, and projected for the future. The creation, transfer, and expression of knowledge and ideas, in the forms of literature, works of art and performance make for vital forces and dynamics of the city. The initial part of this project was to identify the activities and programs within the Central district that contribute to the city as a hub for knowledge and creativity. More specifically, by studying the layers of history, structures, spaces, topographies, and networks towards the extent to which they support and facilitate creativity and educational experiences in the city. The project was carried out in phases, with an initial analysis as teamwork and subsequent propositions and inquisitions by design. Contextual parameters through analysis was established to inform design interventions and to define design intents. To facilitate continuous and reciprocal linkages between inputs and outcomes, a parametric approach to design was proposed. Rather than a fixed outcome, the design proposals constitute a concept, that is verifiable towards its original premises (input parameters), and remain adaptable to subsequent adjustments of value-factors and added-on parameters.