M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship Grant

Unbuilt Macau

Thomas Daniell / M+, West Kowloon Cultural District

M+ and Design Trust are pleased to announce that Thomas Daniell, a noted New Zealand-born, Macau-based scholar, writer, and architect, will be the 2017 M+ / Design Trust Research Fellow.

During his fellowship from March to September 2017, Daniell will research the topic of “Unbuilt Macau” by examining unrealized proposals for reclaimed land in Macau in the period immediately prior to the former colony’s 1999 handover to China. Six main projects will be explored: ZAPE (Zona de Aterros do Porto Exterior); NAPE (Novos Aterros do Porto Exterior); Nam Van Lake; Cotai; Novas Zonas Urbanas; and Hengqin New Area. These unbuilt visionary proposals by multiple architects, often arising through international competitions, can contribute to an alternative history for Macau, providing an instructive comparison with the built reality today, and suggesting possible future directions.

About Thomas Daniell

Thomas Daniell is currently Head of the Department of Architecture at the University of Saint Joseph, Macau, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Hong Kong and the University of Tokyo. Born in New Zealand, he holds a BArch with honours from Victoria University of Wellington, a MEng from Kyoto University, and a PhD from RMIT University. His doctoral dissertation received the RMIT Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Thesis in a Higher Degree by Research. Widely published, he is author of FOBA: Buildings (Princeton Architectural Press, 2005), After the Crash: Architecture in Post-Bubble Japan (Princeton Architectural Press, 2008), Houses and Gardens of Kyoto (Tuttle, 2010), Kiyoshi Sey Takeyama + Amorphe (Equal Books, 2011), Kansai 6 (Equal Books, 2011), and An Anatomy of Influence (AA Publications, forthcoming). Also a practicing architect, his design work has been published and exhibited internationally.

About the Partnering Institution

Hong Kong’s museum for visual culture – encompassing twentieth and twenty-first century art, design and architecture, and moving image from Hong Kong, China, Asia, and beyond – M+ will be one of the largest museums of 20th and 21st century visual culture in the world. Located adjacent to the future waterfront park of the West Kowloon Cultural District, the museum building, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, is scheduled to open in 2019.