Research Seminar 2018-19 | The Politics and Poetics of Infrastructure

Department: Landscape Architecture

Research Seminar 2018-19
The Politics and Poetics of Infrastructure

Related Staff: Lu, Xiaoxuan

Students: Chan Howe; Chan Ka Ying; Chan Tsz Wa; Cheung Wing Ka; Ho Yu Ming; Tsang Yik Ming; Wong Wing Tung; Zhang Boyang; Kwok Kam Man Carmen; Wong Oi Ling

This course challenges the commonplace assertion that the work of infrastructure remains invisible until it fails. Instead, it opens 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 work in pairs to develop a multimedia-mapping project. 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, this multimedia-mapping project explore 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, the combination of this multimedia explores and interprets historic spatial processes and contemporary ecologic patterns to open a new lens on urbanization.


Student final projects included:

“China–Myanmar borderscape: Nansan Port” by Chan Howe and Zhang Boyang;

“China-Vietnam borderscape: Friendship Pass” by Chan Tsz Wa and Ho Yu Ming;

“China-Nepal borderscape: Zhangmu Port” by Tsang Yik Ming and Chan Ka Ying;

“China-Mongolia borderscape: Zhangmu Port” by Cheung Wing Ka and Wong Wing Tung;

“China-Kazakhstan borderscape: Khorgos Port” by Kwok Kam Man Carmen and Wong Oi Ling



Enlarge Photo: 01_China-Nepal borderscape_ Zhangmu Port by Tsang Yik Ming and Chan Ka YingEnlarge Photo: 02_China-Vietnam borderscape_ Friendship Pass by Chan Tsz Wa and Ho Yu MingEnlarge Photo: 03_China–Myanmar borderscape_ Nansan Port by Chan Howe and Zhang BoyangEnlarge Photo: 04_The Politics and Poetics of Infrastructure_ Final Review