The “SADNESS” behind Urban Sophistication

都市糖衣背後的悲情

Barrie Ho Architecture Interiors

Behind the superficial skin of the sophisticated high-rise provoked in Hong Kong, the sadness of urban dwellers, without any architectural training, among different building typology has been exploring the ultra impartress of spaces and places. The installation is an experiment of an attempt and also a metaphor of exploring the dark unknown side of a metropolitan high density city to UNMASK the urban sophistication to fundamental reality. The number of people living below the poverty line rose to 1.35 million in 2016 among population of 7million, about 20% of the city’s population. The minimum average area of the ‘coffin cubicle’ or ‘caged home’ is less than 5sq.m. The sadness behind the urban sophistication and salute to the urban dwellers (architects without architectural training) is an attempt to contrast and highlight the true mask in a metropolitan city. It is the cost of the high-rise sophistication resulted from ambiguities in the high density city- Hong Kong.

在香港崇尚美輪美奐、現代化高樓的氛圍下,隱藏著基層市民的悲鳴 – 他們需與狹窄的居住環境中,不斷擴展及探索空間的可塑性。

[都市糖衣後的悲情]為一項探討此城市未知[陰暗面]的裝置藝術來實驗,並用以探索其高聳建築物堆砌的繁華的真面目。

在2016年,香港生活在貧困線以下的人口已達135萬人,佔城市總人口的20%;而他們居住的[劏房]甚或[籠屋]的面積少於5平方米。

[都市糖衣後的悲情]亦是對這群正在掙扎求存的基層市民的致敬(無正統訓練的建築師),以對比及強調此國際大都會不為人知的真面目-高密度城市蓬勃發展的背後實隱藏了大量以貧富懸殊為首的社會問題,此終將形成社會的矛盾及分歧。

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