The “Derelict” and the “Abandoned”

MLA Thesis Section (2015-16)

Related Staff : Vincci MAK

Students: CHEN Jielin Janine; JIA Jia; LIU Qi Smith

With the rapid urban development in many cities, large-scale infrastructures and facilities are required to accommodate the urban needs. Train depots, highway interchanges, waste landfills, etc., are essential components of a city, but because of their vastness and unique spatial requirements, they also alienate themselves from the surrounding landscapes. Although not truly “derelict”, they are perceived as the “no-go-zone” by the nearby communities. In cities, “brownfields” can also be found. While these sites got contaminated through their earlier functions, they are often fenced-off and “abandoned” until the remediation strategy is sorted out. Or, in cities where “land” is extremely scarce, some of these supposedly “derelict/abandoned” spaces are in fact occupied informally by groups that are in need of space, perhaps outside of the official operation hours and/or regardless of the contamination conditions of these sites. In short, this thesis stream explores how these “holes” in cities offer the potentials to stitch the urban fabric in an innovative way.

Student theses this year included:
“Neo-Hydrological Sandscape: Reclamation of Desert Oasis with Qanat as Framework” by CHEN Jielin Janine;
“Nan Sha River Restoration” by JIA Jia; and
“Reciprocal Dredging Waterfront: Beneficial use of dredged material in Nansha District, Guangzhou” by LIU Qi Smith.

Enlarge Photo: Kiwi LIU Qi