Programme 2: Our City / Social Architecture

How can architecture shape community space? What form will it take when blueprints begin with people’s lives?

Supported by our Asian Exchange Programme for creative industries practitioners, emerging architects DOMAT and HOUR25 Production travelled to Chengdu, Yongji and South Korea to research on cultural architecture and participatory design. Join this sharing of their fruitful experiences complemented by a special screening of Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, a documentary about reclaiming our public space.

Date: 2 Jul 2017 (Sun)
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Venue: Oi! (12 Oil Street, North Point)
Language: Cantonese

*Free for all. Pre-registration is required

1. Exchange

Sharing by emerging architects DOMAT and HOUR25 Production

Sharing Guests
Believing that architecture is a practice to improve living environments and should be accessible to everyone, DOMAT strives to accommodate people’s needs and serve those who do not normally have access to architectural services. The not-for-profit studio’s portfolio includes home modifications for subdivided-flats, a rural school, hygiene facilities for a rural school, and waste recycling facilities for rural areas. With their involvement, children in low-income families can concentrate on their studies, rural children have access to better education, hygiene and waste environments. They draw blueprints for better lives.
HOUR25 Production
HOUR25 Production operates like superheroes in movies–founded by a group of architects with busy day jobs, it ventures to expand time and space in the 25th hour and beyond. Versatile in their use of media and methods, the team explores the ever-changing city fabrics. From opening up public space with portable Lawn Runners, to promoting sustainability with City Bike Parking Devices, crafting communal spaces for different habitats and experimenting on co-housing, they respond to social situations with architectural ideas.
2. Community Screening: Citizen Jane: Battle For The City
Director: Matt TYRNAUER

USA / 2016 / 92 min / In English with Chinese subtitles

In 1960 Jane JACOBS’ book The Death and Life of Great American Cities sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds, with its exploration of the consequences of modern planners’ and architects’ reconfiguration of cities. JACOBS was also an activist, who was involved in fights in mid-century New York to stop ‘master builder’ Robert MOSES from running roughshod over the city. This film retraces the battles for the city as personified by JACOBS and MOSES, as urbanization moves to the very front of the global agenda. Many of the clues for formulating solutions to the dizzying array of urban issues can be found in JACOBS’ prescient text, and a close second look at her thinking and writing about cities is very much in order. This film sets out to examine the city of today though the lens of one of its greatest champions.


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Community Outreach@MaD Festival 2017 is made possible with generous support from Create HK, funder of the Asian Exchange Programme for Creative Industries Practitioners and the scheme’s recipients’ community sharing, and The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, funder of the community screening.

Organizer Patron and Founding Sponsor
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Community Project Grant: Make a Difference School funded by
Programme Partners

Disclaimer: Create Hong Kong of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region provides funding support to the project only, and does not otherwise take part in the project. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials/events (or by members of the project team) are those of the project organizers only and do not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Communications and Creative Industries Branch of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau, Create Hong Kong, the CreateSmart Initiative Secretariat or the CreateSmart Initiative Vetting Committee.