Hong Kong’s Urban condition is unique for a city its’ size. Its’ relationship with nature is tenuous, favouring an approach which is either wholly artificial or absolutely uninhabitable. In essence, it has sacrificed the idea of a “suburb”, instead deciding to develop it’s urbanity to a high density, until the borders of lush vegetation on Hong Kong Island.
This Independant studies looks to designing a device to blur boundaries between these two dichotomies . A device which seeks to “Machine” ecologies using natural processes to create a dissolved gradient between Hong Kong city and Hong Kong’s Victoria Peak, to eventually develop a thin artificial “suburban” - curated greenery - strip which grows on the borderline.
The constant fight between the Vegetative and the Urban has lead to an Urban ruin. Romatacised but ultimately resulting in dead space, the Independant Studies looks at controlling this gradient through the use of an aggressive pollination strategy.
To do this, we look at cultivating machined hives to cultivate bees and propagate greenery to order. This new thin strip surrounding Hong Kong could be more user friendly, maintaining the Romantacist ideas of entropy proposed by Piranesi but maintaining a functional edge.
The devices are designed to occupy and hug existing structures and trees on the peripheries of either the vegetative green of the Hong Kong mountain side or the Cities’ urban extremities. Within the context of this project a site on Robinson Road on the southern side of Victoria peak is proposed. And edge bordering heavy residential density and dense uninhaitable vegetation.