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Presented by Kuen

AdvisorAnderson Lee

Mega-hood

[-hood: shortened form of "neighbourhood." Often implies a ghetto or urban commu An alternative typology, urban fabric and spatial experience

 

Project Statement:

This project is the "Mega-Hood", It's a new form of housing typology, a continuous three-dimensional spatial experience within our city. This Mega-Hood is in fact generated by extracting & combing the essentials of two existing building typologies in Hong Kong: Podium tower and Tenement Building, but at the same time, the mega-hood restructures urban fabric and changes the way we work, we live and we experience in the city.

 

Description of Project:

This project poses a challenge to two prominent residential typologies in Hong Kong- the Podium-type residential and the small-slot residential; and ultimately proposes a third type of residential typology in Hong Kong – the Mega-hood / Hyper-hood.

The initial study of this project would be a series of analytical critique on these two prominent residential typologies. Prioritized density, the High-rise podium-type residential maintained (profitable) supplies for the expanding housing demands in the city. On the flip side, this typology faces difficulty in generating neighbourly public space (i.e. sense of community) as achieved in the small-slot residential. While, undeniably the podium-type residential tackled the economic reality of the society, neighbourly public space is essential for a healthy urban environment. In another word, is it possible to achieve such neighbourly proximity while also maintaining a high efficiency performance in a single urban typology?

Hence, the fundamental challenge of this project is whether high density and high proximity (neighbourhood) could happen in a single urban residential project. Secondly, this project would further define the intangible term "neighbourhood", either architecturally or urbanistically. This will help to posit this project, in another word, to determine whether it would be played as urban planners, architects, local government, local businesses or simply a sort of curatorship narrating the city.