In Clover Lees studio we are taking part in the China lab Charrette. The brief is not too far from the overall intentions for the semester. We are looking at reinterpreting high density housing. Our site is Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong. Currently these massive, gated mega blocks are being described as the vertical equivalent to US suburban sprawl. We are being encouraged to think of new ways to achieve the density and efficiency of the generic tower, podium typology while overcoming the banal, interiorized urbanism that it often introduces.
Cities in the Pearl River Delta are clearly growing fast and efficient space use and infrastructure implementation is paramount. But how do you tackle the scale of these mega blocks that house thousands of people pulled way up above the plane of the city street? Many of the new housing developments currently being built are becoming mini cities in themselves with all you need built into the complex. The metro (mtr) will often plug right into it from underground leaving the surrounding streets dead, compared to the vibrancy of life found in the streets of the old town. The charrette should be interesting.