Residual Landscapes: Reclaiming Honk Kongs Lost Urban Spaces
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AbstractThis paper examines the latent infrastructural urban landscape of Hong Kong, a topic encompassing multiple opportunities to redefine the marginal and forgotten fabric of the city, an untapped public asset with the potential to galvanize a new spatial ecology of a city in urgent need of alternative types of public space. Inspired by Sola-Morales’ text “Terrain Vague” 1 the research analysed two specific case studies, the Shau Kei Wan bus depot located in the eastern part of Hong Kong Island and the Mai Foo housing estate situated in Kowloon. Both conditions have the common feature of being built on reclaimed land, yet offer different examples of how vacant, hidden and unoccupied infrastructural spaces are colonized and become integral to the neighbouring community. Through a process of analytical mapping, drawing, and photography, a series of relational landscapes are defined, that seek to demonstrate how forms of residual habitation occur and mitigate pre-existing environments. Of primary concern to the argument is the notion of Background City, i.e. the other Hong Kong that represents how the city’s hardware becomes integrated into civic life.

By unfolding how awkward spaces are occupied, a taxonomy of appropriation is identified, that collectively constitute a catalogue of successful urban typologies which lie outside today’s logical spatial frames. Undercarriages become active wet markets, vestiges of a bygone coastline re-emerge as pedestrian paths crossing barren no man’s land are a few examples of the imbued nature these Lost Spaces of Hong Kong have to offer.

Although the issue of reclaiming urban residual spaces is rapidly becoming the zeitgeist of our period, Hong Kong paradoxically, given its extreme urbanity, has little critical studies on the matter. This paper addresses this shortfall, exploiting how multi-layered urban pauses can accommodate overlapping programmes and, through creative urban solutions, transform typically avoided public spaces that isolate and blight communities into alternative paradigms.
All Author(s) ListFERRETTO Peter Winston
Name of ConferenceDocomomo 14th Conference 2016
Start Date of Conference06/09/2016
End Date of Conference09/09/2016
Place of ConferenceLisbon
Country/Region of ConferencePortugal
Proceedings TitleAdaptive reuse: the modern movement towards the future
Year2016
Month9
PublisherCasa da Arquitectura
Place of PublicationLisboa, Portugal
Pages38 - 43
ISBN978-989-99645-0-1
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsResidual Urban Spaces, Hong Kong, Reclaiming Lost Urban Spaces

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