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(in)Visible City: Remebering and Forgetting Macau

Cities and Memory

Related Staff : Weijen Wang


The city, however, does not tell its past, but contains it like the lines of a hand, written in the corners of the streets, the gratings of the windows, the banisters of the steps, the antennae of the lighting rods, the pole of the flags, very segment marked in turn with scratches, indentations, scrolls.

Remote from the city, Taipa and Coloane were two “other” fishing villages sitting in the islands to the south of Macau Peninsula. As with the city of Macau, Portuguese had brought into the village European urban spaces of church, largo and public buildings, overlapped the traditional village of Chinese houses and temple, gardens and steps, patio and alleyways, creating places of rich cultural and spatial layering. After recent drastic change resulting from Cotai reclamation and subsequent developments of its casino industry, the places had soon turned itself into almost unrecognizable, or the remaining “other” of Cotai and Macau.

Urban Artifacts

Through the design and study of urban spaces and built forms, the studio looks into issues of architecture and cities in the context of colonial and postcolonial, modern and postmodern, global and local, casino capital and grass-root. The studio begins by searching and classifying urban artifacts: buildings and elements, engineering and landscape, their original value and remaining functions. We contemplate the value that remain, and try to ascertain their connections with the building’s materiality and our most memory of it as a product of the collective, which leads us to seek ways of transformation and changes.

Fog Enter the Basilica

…. I saw the fog enter the basilica, as I often love to watch it penetrate the Galleria in Milan: it is the unforeseen elements that modify and alters, like light and shadow, like stones worn smooth by the feet and hands of generations of men.

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UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE