Hong Kong: Kai Tak Redeveloped
Professor Albert Pope / Rice University
Program: As part of a studio planning team strategizing the redevelopment of the Kai Tak Airport on Victoria Harbor, my individual contribution was to propose a strategy of local building typologies for the housing of 50,000 residents in 30 towers.
Strategy: A podium containing retail and infrastructure is punctuated by greenbelts and playfields, and incorporates a distributed system of commercial programs which provide vital community services to the residents and the public.
Community: Fracturing the vertical towers into the podium reduces the perception of scale, permits necessary airflow, and generates pedestrian communities and emergent ecosystems.
Typology: By reconsidering the repetitive condition of Hong Kong housing estates, traditional typologies are combined and overlapped, using typical voids in the cross-shaped plans to allow for communal gathering between multiple floors.