Public Toilets

ARCH2072 – 2018 Spring:  “PUBLIC TOILETS”

Architects make ​things, and one ​key aspect of architectural education is about perfecting the craft of ​making. However, to be more precise, architects take ​decisions ​about making things.  In other words, we must think before we make, and produce a set of instructions that becomes a reality. In this studio we shall explore and learn architecture as ​thinking ​so that what we make in the end represents sets of values and not merely stereotypes.

Hong-Kong’s public toilets will be our common architectural object of interest. We will investigate and scrutinize this seemingly banal utilitarian typology and the relations to its surroundings. The toilet is perhaps the space that is more loaded with innuendos than any other space.  It is small, if not the smallest space, where corporal sensuality and plumbing meets to perform a ritual. We’ll learn that specific subtleties and complexities exist beyond the typical utilitarian purpose. A simple quest of how to deal with solid, liquid, and odor creates a variety of social and technical ramifications in relation to different usages, norms, cultures, systems.  We want to analyze and explore those aspects in the context of Hong Kong within the platform of Living Cities Rural. Three different locations:  City, Rural, In-Between, will be selected as a potential grounds of intervention.

The studio is articulated between investigations, experimentations, iterations, discussions, thoses images represent fragments of this continuous discovery.

(Car)Park Regeneration

ARCH2072 – 2017 Fall: “(CAR)PARK REGENERATION”

Star​ ​Ferry​ ​Car​ ​Park​ ​is​ ​a​ ​simple,​ ​mid-sized​ ​urban​ ​infrastructure located​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Central​ ​waterfront it has rich​ ​history​ ​and​ ​relation​ ​to​ ​its​ ​surroundings.​ ​​ ​As​ ​a​ ​piece​ ​of​ ​architecture,​ ​it​ ​is​ ​characterized​ ​by​ ​its​ ​“openness”​ ​and “resilience.”

First,​ ​we​ ​will​ ​make​ ​a​ ​rigorous​ ​observation​ ​of​ ​the​ ​car​ ​park​ ​through​ ​a​ ​set​ ​of​ ​measured​ ​architectural​ ​drawings.​ ​This will​ ​become​ ​a​ ​shared​ ​base​ ​material​ ​for​ ​us​ ​to​ ​discuss​ ​and​ ​learn​ ​how​ ​to​ ​observe​ ​and​ ​describe​ ​architecture​ ​graphically. We will then​ ​further​ ​identify​ ​and​ ​scrutinize​ ​different​ ​architectural​ ​aspects​ ​of​ ​the​ ​initial​ ​findings​ ​under​ ​the framework​ ​of​ ​​Ecologies-Sustainability-Regeneration.​ ​​Gradually,​ ​students​ ​will​ ​need​ ​to​ ​discover​ ​and​ ​transcribe myriads​ ​of​ ​ecological​ ​relations​ ​that​ ​exists​ ​within​ ​this​ ​system​ ​of​ ​architecture.​ ​
This​ ​will​ ​inform​ ​the​ ​precise​ ​nature​ ​of their​ ​final​ ​design​ ​proposal,​ ​which​ ​is​ ​a​ ​regenerative​ ​use​ ​of​ ​the​ ​structure​ ​as​ ​another​ ​kind​ ​of​ ​“park”​ ​space.

The studio is articulated between investigations, experimentations, iterations, discussions, thoses images represent fragments of this continuous discovery.