Related Staff : Jason Carlow
Studio Instructor: Jason Carlow
Teaching Assistant / Workshop Co-ordinator: Otto Ng
Students: Chak Tsz Kin Kenneth; Chan Sze Ling; Chu Lai Jing; Ip Kai Hong; Lai Wing Chung; Li Kaige; Mok Wang Chee Louis; Sze Nga Ting Fiona; Tang Ho Yin; Thurtle John Robert; To Sui Kwan; Wong Guan Nok
This studio, run in parallel with an advanced, post-graduate studio at Columbia University’s GSAPP marks the 5th year of joint- studios between HKU and Columbia focused on the intersection of architecture and infrastructure. The HKU studio has endeavored to use high rise development as a tool to address problems associated with rapid urban development in Mumbai.
Mumbai has a metropolitan area population of 20.5 million people and boasts the highest GDP for any city in India. Given its large population and rapid urban growth in recent years, the city faces many challenges including inefficient transportation infrastructure, potable water shortages, seasonal flooding, insufficient open green spaces, waste management and a growing population of impoverished inhabitants. The studio asked students to consider how high rise architecture can integrate new technologies and infrastructures to improve the social, economic and environmental ecologies of the city.
The studio capitalized on the relatively large scale and scope of contemporary development in Mumbai to embed public infrastructure into buildings (or vice versa). Students considered how government planning agencies might incentivize private developers to combine profit-driven, luxury towers with public amenities that will benefit the overall metropolitan area. Projects explored new models of public and private collaboration. Workshops in Rhino and Grasshopper were held in parallel with the studio. Student teams endeavored to develop digital techniques to support their own design strategies for building massing, structure and skin. The projects deal with integrating a range of programs and infrastructures including water purification, public space, transportation, waste management, bio-mass production and low-income housing.