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Public-House: Strategies for the Non-Urban Architect

MArch Studios 2020-21

Related Staff : Donn Holohan, Joshua Bolchover


The studio will investigate how architecture can inform and alter the trajectory of urban transformation. The aim is to reconceptualise architecture and territory not as an issue of scale, but instead as a dynamic and complex set of relationships, both urban, material and ecological.

The objective is to position a role for the architect as a key agent to shape territories in urgent need of alternative design strategies. In most of these areas of rapid change, the architect is absent. Instead, the concrete frame house has become a ubiquitous model, a generic fit for any site without responding to the specifics of climate, topography, material availability or local building forms or techniques.

The studio will challenge the house as the basic building block of the city and instead explore typologies that offer shared resources; public programs; or spaces for work. We will investigate how this building block – or Public-House, can grow, densify, or even shrink in response to changes in the context or to demands of inhabitants. Rather than multiplying singular typologies we will investigate how clusters can grow or aggregate into new collective forms of living offering increasing scales of public programmes.

The studio will explore: how to draw dynamics and register phases of change; how to experiment with materials and modelling techniques; how to synthesise multiple scales within a speculative strategy.

KEYWORDS: Transformation, Obsolescence, Experimental housing, Non-urban, Material tectonic

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UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE