- Chan Lok Fung Alien 陳樂豐
Architecture plays a very important role as a medium of storing both collective memory and cultural memory. However, the existing building life cycle is relatively short due to Decay. Some buildings may be brought back to life by renovation or adaptive reuse but the current reborn method has a major problem of causing a discontinuity of memory due to the fact that an unknown gap exists between the 2 life. The gap is sometime so long that all true memory to the original place already lost and hence the after-life building only bear the physical form but not the spirit.
This thesis is to find out a new system of life cycle that use decay as the driving force. Decay is a process of constant Deconstruction. The only way to overcome is by addition process, which resulting in a constant transforming architecture. The new architecture carries a new life cycle that is theoretically infinite, and between each cycles, the gap is infinitely tending to zero so that every dead is also the beginning. The memory continues in the architecture.
Inujima is picked as the site for its rich contents of ruins and renovation projects. Making it as a perfect site for an experimental project that seeks for a new theory out of this two existing building life cycles. The island itself also faces a serious problem of depopulation that most of the houses are abandoned now. The objective of the new architecture is to test out the new theory and at the same time applying it in a urban scale so that the village can be reactivated.
In order to brought back life to the island, new types of economy should be developed. At the moment, there is no economy happening on the island which results in the cause of depopulation. My proposal is to bring in art industrial economy to the island based on its industrial history and current contemporary art atmosphere.
The new architecture utilizes a reincarnation system that able the building to constantly transform. Three phases are proposed in this experimental project. Phase one is an integrated housing for artists that included living, working and exhibiting function in one building complex. Phase two is an art school that helps to train more talented people and gives the island economy, some art products to sell. The final phase is a historical museum that really held the spirit of the island and people.
During each transformation, some parts are decayed and gone. But the functions do not disappear. These functions actually go to the village by applying a similar reincarnation system. So that the village regains its vitality gradually at the same time with the building transforming.
The theory consists of infinite phases but for the experimental project, only three phases are proposed. The future phases are to be designed by the users base on the framework given depends on the environment and situations at their time.
- Born in Hong Kong
- Worked as Aircraft engineering technician
- Graduated from University of Hong Kong (Space), Professional Diploma in Architectural Studies
- Graduated from Curtin University, Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science)
- Worked as Assistant Architect in Design Consultants Limited
- Graduated from Meiji University (I-AUD) program