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This proposal is focused on the controversial issue of correctional institutions and rehabilitation. The project accommodates the relocation of a… Read More
This proposal is focused on the controversial issue of correctional institutions and rehabilitation. The project accommodates the relocation of an existing number of Hong Kong inmates on the island of Hei Ling Chau. The proposal challenges traditional scepticism towards reformation of delinquency. It establishes a symbiotic relationship between prisoners and local communities as well as a new approach to the services provided by correctional institutions. The proposal creates a range of conditions from complete isolation to complete integration with the rest of the city. It provides a pleasant environment for the public and for new communities to settle. Overlaid systems of control are applied to hybrid developments, allowing a transitory journey of reformation to take place for inmates. Read Less
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ISLAND OF HAPPY HEALING
Hong Kong


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This proposal is focused on the controversialissue of correctional institutions and rehabilitation. The project accommodatesthe relocation of an existing number of Hong Kong inmates on the island of HeiLing Chau. The proposal challenges traditional scepticism towards reformationof delinquency. It establishes a symbiotic relationship between prisoners andlocal communities as well as a new approach to the services provided bycorrectional institutions. The proposal creates a range of conditions fromcomplete isolation to complete integration with the rest of the city. Itprovides a pleasant environment for the public and for new communities tosettle. Overlaid systems of control are applied to hybrid developments,allowing a transitory journey of reformation to take place for inmates.
Hong Kong _ Urban Intervention
The Site_Growth Scenarios
Hei Ling Chau(Island of Happy Healing) _ Masterplan
Flows of Movement
Urban Cluster
Growth & Urban Rules
Urban Vocabulary
A Constant Journey


The mode of operation of the discipline is based in an alocation of individuals in space and a TIME distribution in SPACE. The proposed design uses the language of an architecture of time. The basic aim is the experience of life as if the prison was a journey, experiental and referiantal. Experiental as the user is sensing the instantand referiental because this present experience is referred to previous or future ones, thus bringing together different moments in time. The design should help in building confidence, self-awareness, trust, co-operation, respect vital capacities when it comes to reforming attidutes and behaviour.

The Levels

After a certain period of time in a prison’s level, the inmates can ‘penetrate’ to the next one and continue the ‘journey’. This implies an analytic space and the necessity of observation, review and assessment mechanisms which demand in their turn different degrees of visibility, transparency.