Related Staff : Erik Amir
Instructor: Erik Amir & Dora Chi
Guest Critics: Roberto Bannura (Steven Holl Architects), Joshua Bolchover ,Jason Carlow, Tohru Horiguchi (Ritsumeikan University), Raymond Kwok (Nan Fung Development), Pilar D. Morais (Chi Residences), Betty Ng, Toby Wong (WKCDA), Weijen Wang, James Acuna (The Wanderlister / LWKP), Daniel Fintzi, Roberto Requejo (OMA), Vera Kleesattel (Foster & Partners).
Students: Au Wai Ling, Chan TakYeung, Fong Clarence ChekLun, Lai Tin Yau, Lam Gee Wai, Lam Joshua James Matthew, Lam Shun Sean, Lee Him Shun, Poon Jersey, Sum Wing Sze, Yeung Chau Chuen, Yeung Yin Ting.
Taking the position that the best modern human invention is the urban city and the fact that 70% of the world population will live in urban cities by 2050, students were encouraged to embrace their role as architects to re-imagine approaches to development methodologies in the context of future cities.
The current topic for future cities mainly center around its verticality – where they are limited to its form and height – but are the vertical structures really engaging the city? Do they promote human interaction or flexible growth? Do they stimulate the evolution of the future city?
The studio was challenged with confronting a project that offers a different perspective than the conventional development approach – to question if verticality is the only way to develop the future city by addressing all essential topics that form a modern city.
The semester was divided into two segments – informal research and formal execution. Students researched and experimented with different urban typologies, concentrating on methodologies and projects that are unique to typically found vertical development approaches. A studio trip to Singapore exposed students to engage with built urban works that approach design beyond the conventional vertical form.
In its formal execution, students were challenged in collaborative teams of two to maintain the pulse of the city and also stimulate its future development, while confronting real site conditions in North Point with intensified FAR. Projects intensified program, mixed identities, pushed the city in and out, hyper-connected, elevated public space, mixed landscape and public space, and overlapped programs.