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Jefferson Chan

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Post-colonial New Towns


New Towns, behind the myth of a ‘self-sufficient and balanced community’, is after all a scripted and staged way of living. Since its birth in the 70s, new towns have been home to more than half of the population in Hong Kong. Its physical development comes hand and hand with district administration to establish new communities and a new idea of ‘good citizens’ - on one hand the geometrical urban form embraces discipline and order, on the other hand a top-down, fixated narrative of civic pride based on stability and prosperity is facilitated by the mass social campaigns carried out at district level. The rise of local identity in the post-colonial era has severely challenged the physical and social status quo of the dwarfed citizenship. In response to the paradigm shift, the project takes form of nodal intervention that subverts a 70’s new town centre from being merely a public access into a catalyst of civic engagement.
Sha Tin, Hong Kong



Jefferson Chan

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