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The Politics and Poetics of Infrastructure

Advanced Topics in Urbanism (2020-21)

Related Staff : Xiaoxuan Lu


Responding to contemporary ecological pressures and current high demand for infrastructure development worldwide, this course brought together a series of thinkers and researchers from the design commons across Eurasia to discuss different methods, models and measures of large scale, long range infrastructure projects for the 21st century. This course challenged the commonplace assertion that the work of infrastructure remains invisible until it fails. Instead, It opened a horizon on infrastructure’s cultural valence that remains primarily symbolic — of technological development, of political patronage, of resistance to sovereign power. In addition to the weekly guest lectures and occasional screening of films, students worked in pairs to develop a videographic essay. Focusing on the multilateral transnational infrastructure development projects at China’s borderlands that are playing a significant role in current Chinese initiatives to create transnational China-centric development corridors, these videographic essays explored the following questions: How are environments and infrastructures built? Who builds them? What materials are required? What influences and forces act upon them? How are they changing? Through digital means, students explored and interpreted historic spatial processes and contemporary ecologic patterns to open a new lens on urbanization, where representation is, in and of itself, a form of research.

Enlarge Photo: Term project focused on the Dongxing-Mongcai border port between China and Vietnam. By AN Xiaomeng, LI Yulan.Enlarge Photo: Term project focused on the Hekou-Laocai border port between China and Vietnam. By LIU Ruixiang, TANG Donglin.Enlarge Photo: Term project focused on the Muse-Ruili border port between China and Myanmar. By CHIU Ho Wan, ZHENG Zhixin.Enlarge Photo: Term project focused on the Manzhouli-Zabaikalsk border port between China and Russia. By MA On Ki, WONG Wae Ki.Enlarge Photo: Term project focused on the Quanhe-Wonjeong border port between China and North Korea. By XU Heyilu, ZHANG Jinling.Enlarge Photo: Term project focused on the Dandong-Sinuiju border port between China and North Korea. By HUANG Ying, LIU Yun.
UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE