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Neighbourhood Incubator

Part 2 Project 2022
Che Ting Chan
Chinese University of Hong Kong | China
This project challenges the relationship between private and collective ownership by designing a living environment base on micro-communities.

Rigid demarcations and exclusivity in typical residences have generated segregated neighbourhoods, while public and private spaces in Hong Kong's offshore islands overlap. Locals place their stuff around, which gradually collects and transforms public spaces into social linkages. Such actions are driven by the appropriate scale of community, as familiarity contributes to a greater sense of belonging than ownership. The culture of island houses is integrated into towers by having micro-communities as the fundamental element, which gathers residents with common interests. Expandable realms replace the boundaries between foyers and corridors, where dialogues and interactions are created through sharing objects, furniture or intangible elements like music, scents and styles. Communal spaces are embedded to foster the growth of neighbourhoods. The floor plans are comparable with traditional building layouts but bring appreciable changes to correlations between units.

Eventually, the architecture reflects the diversified essences of micro-communities.

The proposed islands work like autonomous zones that enhance the uniqueness of individuals to question the Lantau Tomorrow Vision of having standardised developments. Micro-communities are incubators for residents to nurture communal spaces as a group and create ever-changing environments.

Che Ting Chan


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