GALLERY INDEX
Instruments of Infrastructure
Platform: Geography Landscape Infrastructure (GLI)

Related Staff : Jia, Beisi

Students: Ho Ka Wing, Huang Lei, Pu Chunpeng, Wong Sin Yi, Yan Ming, Zhou Zhengmian

FOCUS
Geography Landscape Infrastructure

WHERE
Central Harbour Front 

RESEARCH & PROPOSITIONS
Infrastructuralism in architecture is not exclusively used for high-density circumstances. However, this term only has a substantial meaning in a high-density circumstance. Klingman defined Infrastructuralism as an analogy of architecture (2000, p. 25). He states that “Infrastructuralism intends to establish a new set of parameters, by shifting the focus of architecture from the static implications of form, to the variables of ephemeral event structures as the shaping forces of urbanism, Infrastructuralism identifies with the existence of an invisible real.” Infrastructure lacks a fixed identity.

Infrastructural strategies in architecture require the implementation of programmatic efficiency, which yields “operational” instead of “formal” effects. Thus, Infrastructuralism highly emphasizes the performance of a building, which may be functionally smooth as an infrastructure.

Hong Kong restricts settlements on steep topography (landforms) and seas, and has already enforced an intensive and compact culture in architecture and infrastructure. Infrastructuralism in Hong Kong is characterized by intensive interactions among buildings, infrastructure, and topography.

We should observe problems occurring in our area. Thus, we investigate an alternative approach for building design and remain critical in presupposing particular solutions according to the preferred building plan modes. Alternative methods are sought through the convergence of urban analyses, objectives, and building forms.

First, we are not convinced of the compositional unity that affirms order and stability. We encourage multiplicity and indeterminacy with all forms of divergence, ambiguity, and transformation process.

Second, a building is depicted as an accumulation of information, material substances, and time, thereby forming compacted or loosely arranged agglomerations. Hence, we observe this phenomenon that has been existing for centuries. This project is implemented on the basis of this phenomenon.

Third, we emphasize the notion of place-making as genius loci less than the production of space, which is characterized by a dispersion of events that remain strategically open. Architecture design does not defer to finite conditions, but begins to circumscribe fields of possibilities and is open to enticing other forms of “reading and writing.”

 

UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE