Related Staff : Holger Kehne
Studio Instructor: Holger Kehne
Students: Chan Yi Sa; Cheng Siu Tai; Ching Hei; Lam Pui Ying; Lau Mang Kei Anthony; Liu Xuwen; Qiao Zijiao; Wong Yee Chun Ivy; Wu Hei Nam; Yu Qiao; Yue Ching Mei Jamie
Economically, Hong Kong grew strong through its openness, connectivity, productive, diverse and highly mobile marketplace, but could soon become a victim of its own success: becoming one continuous gigantic shopping mall while at the same time fabrication, small scale businesses, artists and designers are being priced and pushed out of the city. Spatially, limited land supply and steep topography coupled with strong development pressures have generated a unique and complex three-dimensional fabric that provides flow, exchange and connectivity. However, the current spatial forces and mechanisms do not cater well for the need to continuously evolve and adapt to changing dynamics and patterns. The studio explored how to extend these pre-existing latent bottom-up processes strategically and to propose catalytic programmes and spaces that the city needs in order to perform as a world-class generator of intellectual capital and ideas.
Despite the initial impression that in Hong Kong every possible area has been build upon already, there is latent potential within the large-scale infrastructural devices that serve the fabric of the city in many key locations. In groups of 2-3, students have identified a series of such sites, mapped, indexed and analyzed their spatial and material status quo whilst expanding to include the social and economic context, framework, i.e. the whole range of dynamic processes that are acting upon the territory and the overall network.
In response, students projected a wide variety of structures as incubators for social and economic development alongside their role as connectors and distributors of flows. Calibrating the need for adaptation and change with more assertive urban projections that shelter and enhance existing social and natural conditions around.