Instant Culture: Architecture and Urbanism as a Collective Process

Related Staff: Eric H Schuldenfrei
Department: Architecture
Funding Body: Hong Kong Arts Development Council

Hong Kong’s rapid transformation has produced a culture of the “instant,” where desires, market forces, global-local exchanges, technologies, and a need for immediate gratification dominate our cultural landscape and social behaviors. This book brings together a multitude of voices from the design, architecture, and arts community to examine this situation as a general provocation. What kinds of contemporary conditions unique to Asia can elevate ways of rethinking social sustainability in various forms?

With a collective spirit of experimentation, the projects, installations, and essays within the book are committed to cultural and creative enhancement to build productive dialogues. From outlining educational initiatives to debates that encourage cross over, this study reformulates a critical reframing of the role of architecture and urbanism as tools and processes for cultural advocacy for Hong Kong and China.

Book details:
Instant Culture: Architecture and Urbanism as a Collective Process
Edited by Eric Schuldenfrei and Marisa Yiu
W250mm x H160mm; 480 pages. Full-color.
Hardback; English
ISBN 978-988-18584-8-1

Book includes writings and contributions by Shigeru Ban, Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten, Lars Nittve, Raymond Fung, Stan Allen, Daniel Chua, MAP office, Tao Zhu, Ackbar Abbas, Paul Katz, Andrew Lee, Xu Bing, John Batten, Dan Wood, Amale Andraos, Rocco Yim, KS Wong, Eric Schuldenfrei, Marisa Yiu and many more. The book also catalogs the exhibitions and events including educational tours and forum highlights that took place during the Hong Kong °VShenzhen Bi-City biennale located at the future West Kowloon cultural district. Themes are organized around topics of cultural advocacy, social sustainability, education, participatory protocols and future creative urban infrastructure.

Eric Schuldenfrei and Marisa Yiu are Founding Partners of ESKYIU, a design collaborative integrating culture, community and technology founded in New York and based in Hong Kong. They won the Architectural League prize in 2010 and have been active in exhibitions internationally. Eric Schuldenfrei and Marisa Yiu along with Alan Lo and Frank Yu were curators of the 2009 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture.

Publication supported by
Hong Kong Arts Development Council

Additional support by
Hong Kong Institute of Architects

Instant Culture: Architecture and Urbanism as a Collective Process 1Instant Culture: Architecture and Urbanism as a Collective Process 2Instant Culture: Architecture and Urbanism as a Collective Process 3Instant Culture: Architecture and Urbanism as a Collective Process 4Instant Culture: Architecture and Urbanism as a Collective Process 5Instant Culture: Architecture and Urbanism as a Collective Process 6Instant Culture: Architecture and Urbanism as a Collective Process 7
UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE