This DRU focuses on architectural history and culture, with specific interests and strengths in the local context of Hong Kong as well as China. Current research projects engage innovative mapping and photographic analysis both at the scale of architectural projects and of urban and landscape settings.
Besides Hong Kong, recent design studios have worked in cities such as Beijing, Hankou, Chongqing and Dali. Studio discussions are informed by several areas of research in history and theory, and context and fabric are studied at various scales in order to investigate local constraints as opportunities for formulating design strategies. The intention is to allow students to work on real sites and neighbourhoods, gaining understanding of localities through documenting built fabrics and engaging communities, thereby understanding the reciprocity between cultural continuity and inevitable contestations that constitutes the urban process.
Selected Research Projects
- Mapping Urban Culture in Hong Kong: An inter-disciplinary investigation of architecture, urban process and filmic imagination of Central and Yaumatei, 2011-2012 (Chung)
- Keio University – IKI – Mn’M Project: Between Urban Densities and Intensities – The Hong Kong Case (Chung)
- Spatial Analysis of Two Suzhou Gardens: Zhuo Zheng Yuan and Liu Yuan (Fung)
- Hong Kong Architecture History, 2012 (Ho)
Selected Studio Projects
- Tourist Facilities in Dali, Yunnan Province, G14 MArch 1, 2014-2015 and G16 MArch 1, 2013-2014 (Fung)
- Preserving the Neighbourhood – The case of Hankou Old District, G13 MArch 1, 2014-2015 (Ho)
- Preserving the Neighbourhood – The case of Chongqing Shibati, G6 MArch 1, 2013-2014 (Ho)
- Preserving the Neighbourhood – The case of Beijing Dashilar, G6 MArch 1, 2012-2013 (Ho)