Exchange The Role Of Guest For The Host
For many years, Hong Kong inherited a habit of urban development that emphasizes, “Forget the past and look for the future”. The scene of taking down historical buildings or villages in order to allow “Economic Development” is repeating constantly, many of them witnessed the history of Hong Kong and share collective memories. Social values are hooked up to money, and often labeled with price tags.

Architecture is a carrier that breeds different life and stories while keeping record of the transformation of the context. The core value of Architecture is in the Space, in the Function, and in the History, these values enhance the significance of every piece of architecture. It should not be valued only on the beauty of form, popularity or commercial value.

In this exhibition, I will focus in my ancestor house located in the rural area of New Territories in Hong Kong. It may not have history of centuries, but it was once an established fish farm. The place has been through ups and downs of Hong Kong over 40 years and inherited 3 generations. I will pick out evidence of history and true stories that witness the transformation of this beautiful city.

Memory Tanks is an installation setup with the remaining 150 small fish tanks recovered from the storage of my ancestor house. These tanks were the primary tool for fish breeding of certain species, which were then sold around the world. I reinterpret these tanks into memory tanks that hold and breed different stories and memories recovered from around the place and they could be inherit to the future generations.

“Understanding the past and look for the future.” My frontier is the mentality battle against this distorted moral practice of “Money Talks” on taking over our society. I would like to apply my architectural perspective to make a record of stories and history of the ancestor house and its context through photography and videography, as the introduction of North East New Territories New Development in 2008 may soon see the Long Valley wetland area redeveloped.




Exchange The Role Of Guest For The Host
Hong Kong is a city that has always been at the ‘Frontier’ to face a particular ‘Battle’ – the lack of inhabitable space and its consequential spatial complexity.

Considering the city?s density and issues of privacy and intimacy, Hong Kong can be seen as an urban laboratory for future compact cities. The point of departure is to explore the scale and scope of the hyper-densified and complicated area as alternative dimensions in the urban fabric – Sham Shui Po.

Sham Shui Po has been labelled as one of the poorest districts in HK. The area and its hyper-dense apartment typologies developed in Hong Kong since the 1950?s-focusing on how life unfolds inside. It is compact, complex, complicated, yet highly diversified. It has a high mix of inhabitants, ranging from grassroot locals, mainland immigrants, Southeast Asian groups, to many other ethnic groups. In this hybrid community, people have conceived countless ways to deal with the constraints and parameters. Their adaptation starts from spatial poverty, then shifts to spatial negotiation and re-interpretation, finally generates spatial diversity and re-invention. The many spatial surgeries we found in this unique urban scene is innovative and imaginative.

Part of the exercise was to map and convey the habitual infrastructures of the inhabitants’ lives – based on the theme of spatial poverty and spatial diversity. Through revealing all these hidden spatial agenda to a larger scale of social infrastructures and developing new typologies for spatial adaptation, this piece of work aims to demonstrate how the Hong Kong-ers have always turned the physical limitations into inspirational spatial inventions. This endurance and turnover, we call it ‘Verso’ (反客為主).





三十六計之「反客為主」: 「為人驅使者為奴,為人尊處者為客,不能立足者為暫客,能立足者為久客,客久而不能主事者為賤客,能主事則可漸握機要,而為主矣。」