PolyU JCDISI Innovation Tower
What is Green Deck?
From view to vision, utopia to mircotopias
Initiated by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation (PolyU JCDISI), the exhibition is the first window to public for an urban innovation project in Hong Kong. Decking over Hung Hom Harbour Tunnel Toll Plaza, the project means to provide public open space for a city that is under the pressure of privatization, like many other cities in the world.
Flanking between PolyU and Hung Hom Station which is a key transportation hub in the city, the Hung Hom Harbour Tunnel area is full of cross habour traffic, emitting dust, noise and polluted air everyday. The roadways cut the connections on ground level, and pedestrian connectivity relies on a few old bridges which are totally overloaded during peak hours.
PolyU has proposed to build a Green Deck over the area to bring about major social and environmental improvements to Hung Hom, a neighbourhood considered to be old and seldom perceived as desirable. It is about 4.3 hectares in size, reconnecting this area back to other communities including the waterfront, and returns to the city with better pedestrian and cycling networks and greener environment.
As a collective and collaborative creation, the University engages expert for initial studies, and has assembled a team of cross-disciplinary faculty experts within the University to study and come up with innovative solutions. On the other hand, the University wants to engage with the general public in an interactive manner.
The art of the exhibition design is to show the complexity and the potential of this ambitious project without trying to give it a fixed picture. It is about designing an open system that welcomes changes. It is a platform for reactions, expressions, discussions, and stimulates further collaborative design.
The exhibition comprises 4 major components:
1. Mini-stories wall: 24 encounters of individuals. From 24 coloured acrylic card sleeves, each participant is encouraged to pick up a card (similar to a playing card) with a role he/she is interested to be related to, or react to;
2. The deck with the four sectional models:
Four 1:75 sectional models cut from the Study Area demonstrate both the realistic conditions of the site and some possibilities of what could happen in the future. They are mounted to a deck of changing level, encourage the participants to view and interact with the models from various angles. Strategically, each model bears a different formal language, different degree of density and intensity of green with an understanding of the site constraints as well as research globally. They act as canvases, stimulating participants’ imagination. They show 4 possibilities that mark the beginning, of a vision and for the development of the 5th, 6th, 7th possibilities, or a combination of many. Each participant can tear off the 1:75 human figure from the card, and decide where it shall go into the model. The location and the position of the human figure suggests the desire or preference of the participant, and the distribution of the human figures throughout the exhibition period, collectively, suggest some preferred components from the four section.
3. Professor's wall:
As knowledge is important, the professor's wall is a demonstration of how research plays a critical role in developing a design which is also social, environmental and economically viable. In the forms of visual cards, the key element of the research is abstracted and presented in cards where participants can place into a graphical section of the site to understand the impacts. The full reports at the same time will also be presented in the exhibition in the form of a book where participants can sit on the deck and read.
4. Green enclosure:
The whole exhibition is wrapped with a green wall that grows throughout the span of the exhibition. It is where participants can further express their comments and wishes on the card, and plant it next to growing green. A green wall with many colourful inserts would be the ideal picture we have in mind.
Organizer: Hong Kong Polytechnic University JCDISI
Design Team: Annette Chu, Gabriel Lee, Loky Leung
Team: Eric So, Timothy Cheung, Wendy Hui, Connie Lau, Halley Chan
Graphic Designer: Loky Leung
Exhibition Production House: Frame Works