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Opportunistic Architecture

Part 2 Project 2015
Wai Man Carman Liu
University of Hong Kong China
This thesis designs an atemporal housing network for the homeless in Sham Shui Po by modifying existing public infrastructure. The typical model of supportive housing, is broken down into its separate components for example, bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom. These functions are applied across the district to various public infrastructure at different scales, to form a time-based housing network.

The project explores how architecture participate in urban homelessness by mapping out the existing urban ecology of the homeless into six interlacing layers of supporting network, such as sleeping spots and network of free food supply, in Sham Shui Po that includes both physical and intangible constituents.

By adding a second skin to the existing infrastructure, this can be more intensively utilized, and multivalent for both street sleepers and other public users. The series of interventions provide a strategy for enabling the survival of the homeless and a formal co-existence with others within the city; and facilitate the government’s rethinking and redesign of public provisions. These designs offer a critique on the government's anti-homeless policies.

Wai Man Carman Liu


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