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The Fate of Form…Understanding Architectural forms through Fashion

Related Staff : Anderson Lee

Instructor: Anderson Lee

The transformation of Hong Kong’s industrial areas and buildings had not kept pace with the economic restructuring and relocation of traditional manufacturing activities to the Mainland since the early 1980’s. Many industrial buildings are now vacant or under-utilized. There are currently 1,476 private industrial buildings in the metro area and new towns in Hong Kong with a total floor area of 17.3 million m2. With a vacancy rate of 8%, the total vacant floor area is about 1.4 million m2.

Hong Kong has witnessed a rapid infrastructural development on its western side. From the heated discussion yet still pending proposals of the WKCD to the controversial approval of the high-speed rail link to Guangzhou, the optimistic approach (by the HKSAR Government) of relying on the exchange of people, goods, culture and information to the Mainland becomes a standard protocol.

Scenarios

Cheung Sha Wan is one of the oldest districts located along the now so called “Hong Kong Westside Corridor.” Most factories’ operations have been relocated to further north of the border from this area once populated by garments and textile factories. There are about 113 private industrial buildings left and had been converted to mostly generic commercial buildings.

Objectives

The studio aims to investigate the harsh truth of economic, cultural and political realities that rendered the factory almost a meaningless building carcass. It raises questions on the transcendental nature of architectural forms, tectonics, and program. Studio Methodology

The Studio coursework is composed of two parts:
The first part begins with an investigation on a household object/item selected from the IKEA store. Students are asked to reinvent or redefine the function of the object through their own “surgical” insertion to the object. Inevitably a new design language (conceptual and formal) will be developed via this formal transformation. Detailed drawings of the newly redefined object are to be recorded and it will form the conceptual basis of development for the second part of the studio.

The second part of the studio would be to design a new HUB for a REDIFINITION of the Fashion and Textile Industry. The final design project aims to conceptually link the WKCD to the south and the migrating manufacturing sector to the north. The HUB should include, but not limited to, fashion designers’ studio, a 24-hours cinema, a Fashion and textile Museum, A fashion runway catwalk exhibition Hall, a fabric research center and a new dormitory for a Fashion Institute.

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UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE