Hong Kong / Space for Protest
What makes citizens choose a particular form of protest? How does space function as mediator between these citizens and their political acts? Whose power and control drive negotiations between citizens and regimes during protests?
We are interested in the history of Hong Kong protests, how the past and current protest movements suggest the creation and transformation of architectural space and urban planning. In other words, we are interested in how people use, manipulate, claim, and appropriate urban space while advocating for their own values.
MIT has done a relevant exhibition on civil protest and urban design in 2008, we see this as a reference providing ways of investigating the boundaries, location, and scale.
We would look into the three key events, past major protest in Victoria Park, the completion of ‘Door Always Open’ and Umbrella Movement and examine the relationship between the protesters and urban spaces in the city. After that, we would like to find some hints and generate urban ideas for the organization of public spaces for citizens.
Compared with other past protests in Hong Kong, the current umbrella movement is more long-lasting and more powerful in some ways. We pick this event because we are interested in how the movement takes form in the urban streets and public spaces, how people occupied the streets and introduce new functions and reprogrammed the urban spaces into dwellings, study rooms, public spaces etc.
As there are not much detailed record and books for this ongoing event. Most sources will be obtained either by documentation by ourselves or through online.
Tali Hatuka, MIT. (2008) URBAN DESIGN AND CIVIL PROTEST: A SOCIO-SPATIAL LABORATORY. [Online] Available from: http://designprotest.tau.ac.il/protest.htm [Accessed: 16th December 2014].