POLITICAL SPACE POST DIGITAL
The thesis attempts to explore the phygital constitution of political architecture in the post-digital context of Hong Kong. With utilising and experimenting various digital tools and workflows, the project synthesises digital and physical entities together encouraging discourses in the city.
A phygital forum network, engaging Hong Kong citizens to heterotopic spatial encounters of the city’s political future in the post-digital age, is proposed. The scheme establishes new forms of political participation connecting multiple locations in the city to the main forum open space through post-digital means. Taking the Rostra from the Roman Forum and the Speakers’ Corner from London as references, the design captivates the power of the citizens influencing the city’s policies and addresses the polarizing views in the city through the phygital promotion of rational opinion expressions. The project with Augmented Reality, photogrammetry and digital imaging integrations generates and connects citizens’ discourse of social issues beyond certain constraints of time and space while advocating phygital assemblies in the post-digital era. The proposal, situating at The Statue Square, Central, redefines open public spaces in Hong Kong and becomes the prototype of phygital forums that can be further implemented across the city.
WHITBY AFTERLIFE CHAMBER
Whitby Afterlife Chamber holds funeral ceremony where souls of the deceased depart their bodies to the afterlife dimension. The crematory service is a sorting process of the souls either heading to heaven above or Dracula’s ruins of pain and darkness within Whitby Abbey. Families and Friends meditate, witness the soul separating cremation and confess their sins within their journey inside the building. The architecture acts as an amplifying instrument for the town of Whitby with each funeral transposing the souls and commemorating the late citizens.
B-ARCH (University of Nottingham) 2014-17
M-ARCH (University of Hong Kong) 2018-20