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Architecture & Urban Design III (ARCH 5001) – Three Movements Towards an Open Transformation

Related Staff : Beisi Jia

Studio Instructor: JIA Beisi
Students: Chan Yan Ting Joyce; Cheung Lai Ying Janet; Lam Cheuk Yiu; Lam Yuk Shui Francis; Lee Choi Ni; Ng Tsz Ying; Poon Julie Yuh Yir; Szeto Tiffany; Tsang Kwun Wing Lorraine; Yip Cheuk Yin; Yung Tsz Tung, Stephanie

Studio Summary:  

The students will be invited to develop an architectural concept addressing individualization and change through space and time.

Any architectural settlement should basically meet the user needs. Those needs are different from one user to the other. And the needs of each user change through time. If the building wants to serve its occupants, the building has to accommodate change as well, without any destruction or demolition according to the sustainability agenda.

The program also addresses two issues in architecture:

The issue of time: To ensure that a building can last as long as the physical structures allows, it has to be flexible and adaptable enough to accommodate changes of uses, circumstances, and as many as unforeseeable matters as possible, arising from the building’s service period.

The issue of people: the real people beyond any statistics, function or program of use made by programming. If pluralism is the word characterizing the conceptions and behaviors of the people of today, no building can ever be satisfactory without interaction by everyday use. People collectively and individually look for opportunities to change and adapt to their environment.

The studio program invites ideas of the active, lively, dynamic, energizing spatial instrument which is transformative responding to the change of activity, climate, need or purpose in every day life. The interaction between the events and structure is constant phenomenon, which invites active transformation of form and spaces. Architecture is not monument, but the process of operation.

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UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE