community & architecture

Under our noses and invisible to our eyes, there are places that we cannot enter, or from where we cannot escape. The city is a maze of social, economic and political boundaries that both unify and separate us. At a time when Hong Kong's wealth gap is widening, 1 in 5 people are now living below the poverty line; a family of four live in a house of 150 sqft. In the flow of labour, capital and time, inadequate housing is a reflection of our society. These families live in the hope of moving to public housing, but in this market-led city, will the supply of such inadequate housing ever cease?
See Home Modification Project for more details.

Date: December 2013 - March 2014
Location: Kwun Tong Ferry Pier, Hong Kong
Design: DOMAT Community & Architecture
Exhibition Sponsor: TETRA Architects & Planners Ltd.
Exhibition Team: Angela Lui, Gordon Chick, Maggie Ma, Mark Kingsley, Natalie Yau, Waiman Kwok
Contractor: Chan Chun Wing

There is a pressing need to refocus the architect's role within society; we must face our responsibilities towards others, and work towards acting in socially aware ways. One way is by collaborating with local organisations and engaging with our communities. What can we do to help people living at the limits of their means?