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Architecture & Urban Design I (ARCH 4002) – Sculpting in Time: Cinema, Housing, and Genius Loci

Related Staff : Anderson Lee

Studio Instructor: Anderson Lee
Students: Chan Chung Man; Chan Pui Yin Apple; Kong Ho Ching; Lam Ho Yin; Lee Kin Wai; Ma Ching Yi; Sze Ivy; Sze Ying Ying Fanny; Wong Siu Ying; Yeung Ho Man; Yiu Shuk Yin

The title of the studio is borrowed from a book written by the famous Russian filmmaker/artist Andrey Tarkovsky (1932-1986) in which he talked about a constant paradoxical struggle of storytelling through visual imageries. Time is materialized according to him and therefore, it is able to be compressed and expanded at will through the hands of the director. Associative Thinking in Psychology is generally regarded as the mental process of making associations between a given subject and all pertinent present factors without drawing on past experience.  The seemingly “free-falling” nature of the studio aims to arouse the non-cognitive aspect of the design process where one could possibly benefit from it.  In this instance, Time is at the core which will be “associated” with three distinctive elements which deal with the issue of time respectively: Cinematic experience, Housing typological evolution and Site historical transformation: Students are asked to form in teams to make their own short movie clips to highlight aspects of time manipulation through visual imageries and storytelling technique through studying the works of Tarkovsky, Fruit Chan and Akira Kurosawa.  The subject of the short movie clip was on the public housing evolution.  Research on public housing typological development since the Shek Kip Mei fire in 1953 was conducted as well. Combining the outcome of these aspects forms the basis of the final project which will be a new public housing project for the Kwuntong District. The objective of the studio is to reveal to students that Architecture is deeply engaged in the metaphysical questions of the self and the world, interiority and exteriority, time and duration, life and death.  The studio aims at bringing to discussion the methodology of design through creative visual representation and sounding research and the possibilities in designing and developing public housing in a hyper-dense city such as Hong Kong.

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UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE