GALLERY INDEX
HONG KONG NATION

Related Staff : Sony Devabhaktuni

Students: Cheung King Him Obed, Chun Ka Ming, Lau Kok Yi, Leung Verena, Liu Kaixuan, Liu Tsz Shing, So Cheuk Ying Sharon, Tsui Wing Yee, Yim Chi Chung.
Year: BA(AS) Year 4 Spring 2018
Tutor: Sony Devabhaktuni

WHERE

The studio tests architecture’s capacity to frame and address complex, territorial scale issues that implicate political, social and economic questions. Students are asked to consider the following question:

Between the present day and 2047, what transformations to Hong Kong’s political- geography are necessary for the territory to legitimate an identity as: part of the People’s Republic of China; part of the Pearl River Delta region; as an independent nation?

RESEARCH & PROPOSITIONS

The studio develops methodologies for reading, describing and interpreting the territory of Hong Kong; identifies and problematizes specific issues that are relevant to the studio question; identifies a site or sites where these issues are manifested; identifies programs that respond to both this problematisation of issues and the chosen sites; makes speculative proposals at relevant scales that enact these programs.

Hong Kong Nation acknowledges that many students are eager to develop architectural modes of thinking that allow them to consider pressing political and social issues. It also challenges the capacity of architectural drawing, at different scales of representation, to act as a mechanism for that inquiry. The final projects suggest that drawing itself, as a speculative imaginary, has an enduring capacity to envision and interrogate the choices open to our societies.

UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE