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School of Architecture, CUHK
Events

Condition / Hong Kong

Date & Time

15.06.2016 25.06.2016

Opening: Thursday 15.06.2016 18:30
Workshop: Sunday 19.06.2016 14:00 - 17:00

Location

Oil Street Art Space, North Point

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Architecture students from the elective course “Spatial Fragments” taught by Prof. Peter Ferretto at the School of Architecture of The Chinese University of Hong Kong have prepared an exhibition about Hong Kong’s urban conditions. More than a city, Hong Kong is a condition, where diverse moments of human habitation collectively generate an unparalleled urban ecology.

The Process behind Hong Kong

This exhibition focuses on challenging preconceptions of how we see our city, steering away from the prescribed notions of urbanism and architecture as an abstract entity, where citizens and professionals are separated by a vast gulf; rather it seeks to re-address and link the city back to human habitation. With more than 140 urban conditions being analysed, the research is assembled into a compendium of events that uncovers the operations of the city.

Hong Kong is a city that has always developed reactively, as a reaction to given conditions, be it political or geographical, during which process a unique identity that responds and adapts to situations is generated. Conditions form the backdrop against which we live our daily life; they are the fragments that generate the public/social realm. They represent both the ambiguous line between the city and its citizens and the moment where the physical and the metaphysical realms collide. Understanding Hong Kong as a series of conditions allows visitors to question and at the same time understand the collective DNA of habitation and start a debate that anticipates rather than assesses, accepts rather than postulates.

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