Fields Of (inter) Action
Previously we explored with CITIES in CITIES the limitations of verticality in future cities, this semester we would like to focus on the implications of public space and cultural building (Music Center – Concert Hall WKCDA) in a high-dense city – Hong Kong.
Today more people are moving to cities worldwide. With crumbling infrastructure, growing populations, lack of space and increased stress on high land value – cities need innovation. We need to transform cities to be more livable, flexible and vibrant. Cities are the center of human interaction, promoting the idea of sharing energy, transportation, knowledge, infrastructure, culture, etc. Hong Kong has a unique position as a high-dense city lacking of public space – a groundless city.
The world is continuing a massive urban shift. At the same time, new technologies – including ubiquitous connectivity and sharing, the internet of things, dynamic resource management and flexible buildings and infrastructure – are emerging to allow cities and citizens to tackle problems in real time. Cities are adapting to flexible participation, sharing and resourcefulness through temporary businesses and services.
Most cultural spaces found in urban environments are mono-oriented, fixed on a specific program that functions specifically for the program it houses. They become “isolated castles” within the urban realm – concert halls only engage during operating hours, large venue spaces are only alive during the short timeframe of an event, etc.
The studio will be challenged with confronting a project that offers a different perspective than the conventional architecture approach – to question the role of cultural buildings in future cities. Students will address all the essential topics that form a modern city – public space, urban events, levels of transportation networks, urban agriculture, cultural spaces, climate and sustainability etc.
The semester will focus on creating a public cultural space that adapts to its specific events and moments of non-events. Students will be encouraged to question the existing typology of cultural buildings in a dense environment where land value and open space is in high demand – while adhering to the program requirements for a specific cultural building. Throughout the semester the studio will question:
- What happens to this space during leftover hours / events?
- What is a 24 hour city / multi-purpose / multi-cultural
- Current obsession of space efficiency and land value
- Can design be based on participation, sharing and resourcefulness?
The challenge will be how to create a first class concert hall but at the same time a multifunctional public building /space that is serious but fun, planned and spontaneous.