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Municipal Complex 2.0Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
The project focuses on a unique typology of public space building in Hong Kong which is called Municipal Complex. The typology was first introduced in 1980s as one of the political response to mediate post 1967 riot society with cheaper and accessible amenities. It features various kinds of amenities ranging from market, theatre and government office stacked on top of each other in pragmatic and segregated way. After decades, these municipal complexes have become increasingly unpopular and irrelevant in today’s urban fabric. With new political conflicts emerging in Hong Kong, this thesis proposes an architectural intervention proposal to not only create a better public space out of the existing building, but also reinstate its role as a political mediator in the intensifying conflicts in the city. The project takes inspirations from collective urban behaviors during the 2019 anti-extradition law amendment bill (anti-ELAB) movement to design a new framework of public space which encourage public participation and improvisation. Ultimately, it serves as a memorial for a continuing opposition movement as well as an incubator for future mediated political activities.