The Hong Kong Global Studio will run in the second half of November 2016. It is open to student from all years in ISD. The studio has been to developed to provide cross-cultural exchange – The studio is being run in conjunction with 40 students and a number of lecturers from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and will take place within the HK PolyU facilities.
The Hong Kong global studio will investigate radical models of domesticity produce by the extreme conditions of density in Hong Kong. Students will be tasked with investigating and responding to Hong Kong’s specific modes of domesticity through three key thematics; Domesticated Radicalization, Hong Kong as a landscape of excessive density, and Emergence of the Square Foot Society.
Domestic dwelling types, representative of social modularity, have globally become a malleable urban resource. As urban necessity, housing in general remains part and parcel to political ideologies and speculative developmental models whilst reflecting, at the individual level, adaptability and social necessity. Defined by the United Nations as basic human right, housing exposes social engagement, domestic appropriation and policy standards, bringing to bear the full burden of what can only be referred to as compressed living and the speculative domesticity within the 21st Century. What is more, housing remains specific to each context and culture. Linked to the 19th century’s industrialization processes a number of housing types are found to reflects the roles and ideologies of the time through spatial planning.