| Memory of Shoreline | Status: Merit prize for 45th Nisshin Kogyo architectural design competition Program: public space Location: Wan Chai, Hong Kong
City changes, Urban Memory changes. Hong Kong is characterized by its ever changing status under its development pressure. Land is constantly cut and filled, rejected and collected in Hong Kong. The shoreline bears witness to this fact and has changed significantly over the decades. The reality of the development lies in the reclamation process. Memory of Hong Kong Shoreline is a study of possible use of ‘Retroactive construction” as a mean to embrace the city memory and its identity. A regressive cut and fill process is taken as design strategy to unveil urban memory at points with specific urban needs.
With regard to the process of addition and subtraction process, three “cut and fill” elements are identified: In-Between Shoreline (reclamation development proposal), Hidden Shoreline (disappeared shorelines after subsequently land filling process) and Subtracted Field (a demolished hill for providing soil for land filling). A public forum, water re-cycling park, and a sky walk are designed to represent collective memory and at the same time providing people a place for their urban lives. The proposal hopes to provide an alternative solution to the conflict between mass development and lost of urban memory.