Occupy Hong Kong: Blossoming in the Gaps
Wong, Walter Ching
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In addition to rapidly increasing political repression in recent years, the people of Hong Kong have long suffered economic repression, facing challenges such as severely constrained living space and world-leading inequality. All this culminates in a growingly defiant demand for human dignity. The thesis design is conceived as a linear park with coworking and co-living spaces on top, where facilities are de-privatized and shared. This is used to test the thesis that decommoditizing space in a pluralistic and multi-layered way helps bring about political and economic agency by fostering free enterprise and free expression. The project employs a few strategies, such as having a central location, occupying the urban void, inverting and fracturing the mall typology, exposing the circulatory systems, accommodating a mix of use and mix of scales, ensuring visual connection and continuity between spaces, and creating means for users to modulate their privacy.