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Cultivating Customs

Part 2 Project 2014
Nelson Huen
Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
When it comes to urbanization, Asian developed cities tend to minimize the role and value of small villages. More and more villages with their unique qualities of Hong Kong are being replaced by new town developments. Hung Shui Kiu is an area in between Yuen Long, Tuen Mun and Tin Shui Wai. It is a developing rural town. The Hong Kong Government has decided to develop Hung Shui Kiu extensively and develop it to become a new town, housing 160,000 people. Lau Fau Shan is an oyster growing and live seafood trader’s village, located at the outer edge of the Hung Shui Kiu master plan. It is at the border of a planned new town, but is excluded from it. This small village is at the edge of the coast, sandwiched between the sea on one side and the master plan of the new town. The current Lau Fau Shan is somewhat a disorganized village that is so far remained unprotected. This village has a significant responsibility for the Hong Kong seafood and oyster industry. However, the infrastructure in Lau Fau Shan is not able to facilitate the industry’s development and expansion. There is no public and permanent public architecture in the village. It is like a cluster of floating larvae on the water, vulnerable to new impacts that may shatter the whole village. The objective of the thesis is to provide a potential solution to hold this vulnerable village together by “Cultivating” the existing customs and culture of Lau Fau Shan, and ultimately unite the scattered programmes so that most of its customs and cultures can not only be sustained, but also flourish with the development of Hung Shui Kiu. It is to superimpose an architecture on Lau Fau Shan without doing a major disturbance of the current living style.
Nelson Huen


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