Thesis 

Hong Kong 2019

Material Authenticity:

Searching for the meaning of Aunthenticity through wood in Dong Minority villages, China

(Best Studio Project)

Student

WONG Yuk Tsin Beryl

In order to have a posititve approach, this thesis is to search for multiple understanding of material authenticity through the study of wood, not only conducted from the perspective of technology and structure, but would also look at the interactive relationship between surface proper-ties and the spatial characters of wood. Transparency, color and texture of wood are taking account to the spatial effect contributing two different expression of materialit, visible and invisible. Through the interpretation with the dual impli-cation of wood, This project is trying to balance the relation-ship between  material, space, and spiritual culture.

Preserving Fragile Tradition:

Seasonal salt factory on the sea horse road

Student

LIN Hui Kevin

Yanjing is a small village located in the border area between Tibet and Yunnan. As an important node on the ancient tea-horse road, it has a long tradition of trading. At the same time, Yanjing also has a long history of salt making. They collected salt water from the riverside onto artificial salt fields built of wood and mud, and then crystallized the salt water by sunlight and wind. This original method of salt production is still an important source of income in the region. But with the influence of urbanization, it is not difficult to predict that traditional salt will continue to be threatened. On the one hand, this method of salt production is extremely inefficient and hard. The younger generation is reluctant to inherit the tradition but seeks opportunities in the big cities. On the other hand, the value of salt in Yanjing will be lower and lower due to quality and other issues. Both of these will undoubtedly make the salt industry and the salt-related culture in jeopardy.

 

By proposing the establishment of a salt factory, I hope to improve the salt making process. The new plant will complement the existing salt production line. The villagers used the rainy season to re-process the raw salt produced by salt field, thereby increasing its value. In the dry season, the factory is transformed into a visiting center for tourists, trying to show visitors the long salt

production and trade history of this village.

A Notion of Picturesque Through Bricks:

The Brick Institute

Student

CHEUNG Kat Fu Eric

The  architecture  incorporates  several  brick  types:  new  clay  brick,  new engineering brick, reclaimed brick and the composite cement brick made from  demolition  materials.  It  advocates  a  hybridization  of  traditional bricklayers and contemporary technological fabrication. Combining both traditional  and  contemporary  method  of  production,  the  brickworks encourage interaction and experimentation with materials. The programme would include co-operative workshops, live/work scheme, local commerce and  industry.  It  provides  an  environment  in  which  local  construction technicians, re searchers, students and public may refine and develop their crafts. As a mean of reintegrating brickmaking attentive to the environment, it recognizes the co-production and creative influence of nature. Incentive, it  reimagines  materials  and  narratives,  reassessing  the  idea  of  English picturesque.

FACTS

Thesis Instructor

Prof. Peter W. Ferretto

Students

WONG Yuk Tsin Beryl

LIN Hui Kevin

CHEUNG Kat Fu Eric

Category

Teaching