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Misused Architecture

Related Staff : Lim Jae Hyun, Nasrine Seraji, Tao Zhu

Student: Zhang Xiangyu

Thesis Abstract

The thesis is dealing with the problem of Sanhe Masters/Legends (三和大神)within Shenzhen, an industrialized city and also a polarized city with numerous wealthy people, but at the same time a lot of destitute laborers who have no future and no way out.

The young laborers in Sanhe are falling into an endless loop that they keep finding temporary jobs, quit the job after one day or two, then quickly spend their wages and start searching for jobs again. Even though they have a destitute state of living and ridicule themselves a lot, they keep a high degree of self-esteem and self-respect. Sanhe Masters are desperate to find jobs only if the job is tidy and decent. Otherwise, they would rather stay hungry and wait.

To address this social problem, the project uses a series of amenities and fictitious facilities as a tool to highlight the issue. It does not need to be real. The thesis radicalizes, exaggerates, and fantasizes the scenarios where these Sanhe Masters (ف‮٢‬ْگ‮$‬j‮/+‬) occur to arouse awareness and catch public attention towards the social issue.

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UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE