Related Staff : Jason Carlow
Studio Instructor: Jason Carlow
This joint studio between HKU and Columbia University’s GSAPP asked students to consider the long term impacts of industrialization on the natural and built environment. The studio considered the disturbed and derelict environments of industrialization and its “stuff.” Students sought to identify, research, record, and analyze an industrial activity and its impact on the social and geographical context. They were responsible for summarizing, cataloguing, diagramming, and/or mapping each process and productivity of the activity and its associated manufactured landscape.
Students identified sites (in Asia or worldwide) that have been impacted by industry or manufacture in extreme ways. Through in-depth research of speculative precedents, studio participants invented new scenarios and programs for these environmentally disrupted sites and tested their proposals through an architectural intervention. Working in teams, students began to speculate on potential programs and interventions that might tolerate or benefit from these disturbed and derelict environments. They inserted new architectural catalysts to add value or perhaps a different type of improved productivity within each local and global context.
Students were asked to broaden their view of industrialization, to re-focus their investigations on the entire cycle of manufacture, consumption and waste. They considered the consequences of present day production in the future and designed projects that acknowledge and anticipate “productive,” post-industrial outcomes.
Final projects were sited in remote regions of China, post- industrial sectors of Taipei, an abandoned factory in Detroit and in areas within the Pearl River Delta. They addressed diverse issues such as air and water pollution, electronic waste disposal, adaptive reuse of industrial structures and regional socio-economic conditions through architectural interventions.