Research Focus: Strategic Planning, Urban Environment, Relationship between Design, Art and Politics in Asia.
RESEARCH TOPIC 1 : MAPPING HONG KONG
Mapping HK uses Hong Kong as a prototype for a new critical experiment in which the city is documented in a rigorous manner both visually and in text in an attempt to understand the effects of speed and density on our urban environments.
RESEARCH TOPIC 2 : HOMES FOR CHINA
Homes for China is a meditation on the real estate phenomenon and its influence on the construction of the territory. Observing Hong Kong, the residential housing tower blocks are probably the most extreme response to mass development on very limited land. In Shenzhen, developers are faking original scenic themes like Portofino. Finally, Homes for China address the paradoxes of contemporary China, the collision of communism and capitalism, within the urban density and connectivity of Hong Kong and Shenzhen.
RESEARCH TOPIC 3 - HONG KONG LABORATORY
Hong Kong can be though of as a laboratory with significant potential as a site for the creation of future urban models, not just in China but in the greater Asian continent, in Europe, America, and elsewhere. In HK LAB, an array of scholars from the fields of design, visual culture, business management, architecture, urban planning, art history, and semiotics focus on the unique conditions -historic, political, economic, social, and cultural-that have produced the ever-expanding network of ideas that make up Hong Kong.
RESEARCH TOPIC 4 - MAPPING THE PEARL RIVER DELTA TERRITORY
What is happening in the Pearl River Delta [PRD]? mapping PRD is an attempt to answer simple questions while observing development in China: How to map the unstable environment? How to respond to the most evanescent social phenomena? How to embrace the constant mobility of people and merchandise? How to define rules for harmonious development? How to react to the made in China” phenomenon? The great Pearl River Delta region that for centuries has been described as a port region was the sole place where trading with the West was accepted, turning Guangzhou and smaller cities into hectic trade centers. Due to both domestic and foreign trade, these cities rapidly developed
into a powerful international commercial network. In the early 1980s, the PRD was transformed into a vast manufacturing hinterland for Hong Kong, as well as an experimental zone for China new economy. These transformations and their impact on the land is the starting point of this research project.