Laurent Gutierrez and Valérie Portefaix, faculty members of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) School of Design (SD)’s Environment and Interior Design discipline, are exhibiting their project ‘Hong Kong Is Land’ at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)’s Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities. The two designers will give a public lecture at Jockey Club Innovation Tower at PolyU campus on 5 January 2015 to share the background, studies and insights leading to this exhibition that is relevant to our time in Hong Kong.
‘Hong Kong Is Land’ is a project created under MAP Office founded by Laurent and Valérie and contributed by students of SD. Each of the seven Bachelor of Arts in Design and Master of Design students in the area of urban environments design researched and developed an urban scenario – including the research on materiality, pattern, morphology, and cartography and representation. These corresponding scenarios illustrate how the proposed artificial islands adding to Hong Kong’s territory would promote universal values and raise global awareness of specific contemporary issues.
Working with eight specific communities locally, Laurent and Valérie explored their unique culture and economy, and imagined these in the shape of eight artificial islands evenly distributed in the territory. The proposal for this project is to establish an inventory about uneven growth in the city of Hong Kong, with the resulting ‘islands’ as optimistic visions for the future, exploring scenarios that may serve as paradigms for urban planning, housing density, as well as population growth.
‘Hong Kong Is Land’ is funded and supported by Urban Environments Lab of SD, Hong Kong Arts Development Council and Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation of Columbia University. It has also received the Cultural Project Grant of Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design’ first Design Trust recently.
MoMA is one of the most influential modern art museums in the world, and ‘Hong Kong Is Land’ is sure to be one of the major attractions at Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities now featuring in MoMA. After MoMA the project will travel to the Museum of Applied Arts (MAK) in Vienna.
Related: Video of Uneven Growth Workshop | Urban Case Study: Hong Kong/ Shenzen - the workshop phase of this exhibition launched with public presentations and a moderated discussion at MoMA PS1. The six interdisciplinary teams gave brief presentation of previous work and discussed their preliminary approaches to the Uneven Growth project brief.
Public Lecture on ‘Islands, Archipelago, and Other Liquid Territories’ by Laurent Gutierrez and Valérie Portefaix
Date : 5 January 2015
Venue : Jockey Club Innovation Tower, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University,Hung Hom, Kowloon
Entrance : Open to public. Free-of-charge. Registration needed.
Event Site : http://goo.gl/GZGCaK
Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities
Opening : 19 November 2014
Date : 22 November 2014–10 May 2015
Venue : The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City
Curator : Pedro Gadanho
Exhibition Site : http://uneven-growth.moma.org/tagged/east-asia