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Architecture & Urban Design II (ARCH 4002) – Groovy Tectonics

Related Staff : Tom Verebes

Studio Instructor: Tom Verebes
Teaching Assistant: Paul Wintour
Students: Chan Hon Ching; Chow Ka Wong; Fung Pak Ming Jason; Kwok Hoi Lam; Luo Junhui; Ng Yan Kwan; Wong Harmony; Wong Yok Fai; Xu Wei; Yiu Shuk Yin Crystal

This studio investigated the intersection of mathematics, and the capacity to computationally generate, control and unleash spatial complexities, as the basis of the design of contemporary architectural space.

Curvature, as a central theme of the studio, had repeatedly come under attack throughout the twentieth century. Despite the attempts of modernist, post-modernist and neo-traditionalist theorists alike, to dismiss the Tectonics of Curvature as mere distraction from timeless pursuits, and, to relegate the persistent preoccupations of the avant-garde as deviant Expressionist immorality, obsessions with style and personal gesture, and simplistic formalism, this studio remains committed to Deep Formalism. The studio focused on the making of material models to enable the form finding of structural and infrastructural flows on varied gradients of slope. The emphasis of these models was on sectional surface tectonics, applying research on principles of infrastructural curvature related to topographic contingencies, from flat to increasingly sloped land.

The studio sought to renovate the twentieth century notion of Tectonics – the relationship of spatial surfaces and elements, to materiality, structure and various contingencies of performance. From introductory exercises on abstract mathematical “spaces” the studio migrated towards tectonic formulations with immediate relevance to the topographic and infrastructured landscapes of Hong Kong, towards a brief for the final comprehensive project of this semester’s studio, comprising a series of 3-5 pavilion prototypes on, above and within The Peak, as well as linked to, and extending, existing infrastructural networks from the coastline of Hong Kong Island to The Peak.

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UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE