Weak: Architecture under the Weather

Related Staff : Au Fai

Students: Cheng Tsz Ching (Rainbow), Cheung Wing Lam (Wing), Guo Yuhui (Fiona), King Chin Hang, Lam Yu Sze (Andie), Su Wenjun, Suen Tak Hei Ivan, Wang Mengyan (Marian), Wong Jasmine Erica, Yang Junho, Ye Shihan (Joyce), Yip Kwan Chi (Casey)

Course Description

Situated within the semester’s overall theme “Architecture under the Weather”, this studio investigates the relationship between architecture and weather/weathering through the enquiry on Weak. Architecture is obliged to stay intact and permanent after its completion, and continuously resist the forces of nature and shelter people from extreme weather. However the strength and integrity of architecture is constantly weaken under the weather and this process is irresistible and irreversible. Instead of perceiving this process of weakening as mere negativity, this studio challenges students to observe, analyze and speculate on the strength of being weak. If incapable of fighting with nature, could architecture submits, embraces and grows with it? Could the process of weakening be transformed into one that is able to strengthen, enrich and prolong the symbiotic relationship between architecture and nature?

The studio starts with students’ investigations on their self-selected household objects. Through drawing and modeling, the various ways of how these “weak” objects react to natural forces such as light, heat, wind and water are recorded, analyzed and speculated. These investigations and speculations are in turn carried gradually to the scale of building, city and region and form the basis for students to establish their design propositions on architecture and weather.

Architectural responses to weather are not simply additive environmental features. Architecture and weather are indeed two indivisible entities which inhabit and react to each other. It is not about architecture for or against weather. Weather casts architecture, and architecture grows out of weather.

Weak: Architecture under the Weather 1Weak: Architecture under the Weather 2Weak: Architecture under the Weather 3Weak: Architecture under the Weather 4Weak: Architecture under the Weather 5Weak: Architecture under the Weather 6Weak: Architecture under the Weather 7Weak: Architecture under the Weather 8Weak: Architecture under the Weather 9Weak: Architecture under the Weather 10