Design Trust Seed Grant

Alleys in Wonderland

'Alleys in Wonderland' is a survey concerning the characteristics of Asia’s back alleys in terms of the relationships between space and activity. Cataloguing, mapping, and digital visualisations are used to examine the oddities of alleyways in today's Hong Kong and Macau. The aim is to look differently at both cities, and seek the traces of metropolitan life in these celebrated architectural spaces. In today’s cities, the role of back alleys as connective spaces are essential for everyday life, but what more can we explore through them? If back alleys could talk; what can they tell us?

About Nikolas Ettel

Nikolas Ettel is a lecturer in the Department of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. Born in Vienna, he holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. After several years of professional practice in planning offices in Vienna and Munich, he studied Architecture and Art at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Istanbul, and The University of Hong Kong. In London he received The Bartlett Master’s Scholarship to complete his Master of Arts (Architectural History) at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

Nikolas has taught design and theory courses at The University of Hong Kong, The Shanghai Study Center, Meiji University Nakano Campus Tokyo, and was a Visiting Lecturer at University of Saint Joseph Macau.

His current research interest explores the productive interplay of cinematic productions and architectural discourses.