About two weeks ago, the second-year architecture students at the HKU Shanghai Study Centre presented their final projects. Dealing with the theme of ‘Central City/Peripheral City‘, the 35 students in the studios of Pascal Berger [HKU Shanghai Academic Director], Wang Fei 王飛 and Michael Tunkey showed an impressive set of design proposals, maquettes, thoughts and overview of their 3-month stay in Shanghai 上海.
The agenda of the second year architecture design studio was to examine and analyze Shanghai markets and it’s supporting programs as a unique typology, this with the aim to understand the organization of the building complex/space and extract and make visible a unique and compelling aspect. The group of Pascal Berger worked around the idea of creating a Morphological Model, exploring the interaction and contrasts between morphology and physiology. The group of Wang Fei 王飛 dealt with the idea of Sense Model: by arranging spatial sensorial features, an architect can lead occupants through the functional and aesthetic rhythms of a created place. Finally, the group led by Michael Tunkey explored the notion of a Framework Model as a stable, permanent organizational system which structures the market.
Equally interesting as the final presentation of the students project, was to observe the collateral forms of creativity that go along with final review deadlines: desks, corridors and spaces filled with maquettes, models, food, drinks, books, computers, glue and pencils.
Pictures by movingcities.org
The Faculty of Architecture operates programs in Shanghai, at our Shanghai Study Centre, which is a vital counterpart to other programs in Hong Kong. Our goal is that every undergraduate in the Department of Architecture, and eventually the Division of Landscape Architecture, spends one complete semester of their studies in China, without interrupting their degree program at HKU. With the opening of this Centre, the Department of Real Estate and Construction has the advantage of a well-placed and equipped facility to augment its Taught Postgraduate China Program.
The Shanghai Study Centre also houses the HKU Shanghai Office, the HKU Journalism and Media Study Center, and architecture SH (a public gallery for the exhibition of design projects related to the mission of the Centre). The joint studios and other activities that the Department of Architecture conducts with other overseas Universities will also utilize the Centre.
Bert de Muynck – MovingCities co-director, is assistant professor at the HKU Shanghai Study Centre.