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Prof. Dr. Alex Zipprich & Students

The exhibit is a collaborative creation by students at Shenzhen University’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning  and Prof. Dr. Alex Zipprich. Current active exhibit creators are 黃偉超 (3rd Year), and 陳娉 陳佳鴻 林東方 陳淑婉 (4th Year) who are studying  the Bachelor program of SZU. The project started as a design studio brief and architectural proposal, evolving into an exhibit installation. Its initial design teams  are 陳娉 陳佳鴻 林東方 馬志鋒 陳淑婉 黃穎琳 and 蔡林墉. They alluded to the reversal of a “city of sadness” phantom, and “logic” strategies by exploring forms of spatiality, micro-economies and community. The installation is a further abstraction and ventures into some key design components of housing and urban living of the future.

Prior to his current appointment as Associate Professor at Shenzhen University, Alex taught as Associate Professor at The University of Hong Kong, and as Adjunct Assistant Professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Dr. Zipprich is a Germany & U.K. qualified architect with international project experience.

Exhibition

Redesigning housing into windows and experiences of wider spectrums

  • 19 Dec 2019 - 15 Mar 2020

  • 10:00 - 22:00

  • THE MILLS

Resulting from architecture and urban planning students’ design proposals for Tin Shui Wai’s public-housing-estates, the abstract installation demonstrates visions and strategies towards the housing of the future.

The installation configures housing-silhouettes with experiential models, to provide a spatial immersion into envisioned architectural transformations from monotonous public-housing towards active and diverse living-environments. Detailed architectural spatial models represent new program insertions, supporting diverse living-scenarios, including co-living & working, dancing, music, boxing, among many possible examples of creative activities and involvements. Incorporating multifaceted programs and activities, the presence of choices and diversity provides learning- and development-networks. Thereby supporting athletic, artistic and intellectual aspirations. Ultimately demonstrating the transformative power of architectural design-visions towards individual growth, well-being, and social interactions among people and with their environment.

Primarily with an almost housing-only-program for three-hundred-thousand residents, Tin Shui Wai represents an extremely one-dimensional housing agglomerate. With plot-densities reaching FAR 5-6, constellating a high-density city in-itself almost purely based on housing. Post-completion, its future has thus-far seemingly been ignored by architects and urban planners. Yet, Tin Shui Wai illustrates one of the most fascinating crude resemblances of modernist visions. 天水圍 (Tin Shui Wai) as its name implies, is embraced by 水 – surrounding waters and landscapes of wetlands and mountains,  with denoted relationships to the sky – 天, connotative of le-corbusien paradigms of architecture’s correlations with nature.

The proposed project asserts that Tin Shui Wai has the capacity to ascend – if only current and next generations are given an opportunity to define, alter, and actively shape Tin Shui Wai towards its own future destiny – commensurate with a vision for lifestyles and ideals. The project recognises the ascending development potential of existing built-environments. Rather than demanding new architecture from the ground-up, it focuses on current landscapes and fabrics of existing building-stocks. The project hereto has been the design-studio project by students of Shenzhen University who share an interest in Hong Kong’s culture. Their design proposals envision interactive, multi-dimensional environments, with diverse forms of living beyond housing.

In order to change the singular housing-only mode, students proposed transformation strategies in vertical and horizontal directions, and by subtraction and addition. Whereby subtraction refers to the removal of some non-load-bearing walls across one or several floors. Respectively addition implies the insertion of multi-storeyed spaces towards greater visual communication, and to provide more multifunctional public zones for inhabitants. In the process of subtraction, the remainder of structural fragments, while intentionally preserved serve to trace and illustrate the possibilities of spatial transformations. Apartment re-configurations based on a living-module matrix enable new space-shaping and -uses, facilitating different co-living scenarios. For example, in the form of three-storey residential units promoting benign interactions among residents while restoring neighbourhood atmospheres. Through residents’ free choice of modules, degree of customisation is achieved albeit standardisation.

Aimed at exploring viable, constructive-optimistic and desirable visions for Tin Shui Wai and existing housing-stocks in general, the design projects and exhibit installation are the making of students of architecture and urban planning, and represent generation-z’s contribution and visions towards future living. Continuously aspiring to contribute ideas and to engage in ongoing dialogues.