Brutalism: A Photo Survey in Hong Kong

Bob Pang’s research and photography project aims to map out and reveal the history and aesthetic of Brutalist architecture in Hong Kong.  The proposed project begins with an urban research and photo survey throughout the city, to reveal hidden examples of existing local brutalist architecture. Drawings from the Hong Kong Building Department will also be examined to trace the architects and history of these structures. A further study will be carried out to categorise the architecture by its design language, characters and typologies, with representative graphical illustrations, and culminate into a showcase exhibition. The project aims to provoke discussions among local architecture practitioners and the general public on a broader discussion of the city’s architectural history, its hidden aesthetics and the culture of Brutalist architectural influences.

Bob Pang’s research and photography project aims to map out and reveal the history and aesthetic of Brutalist architecture in Hong Kong.  The proposed project begins with an urban research and photo survey throughout the city, to reveal hidden examples of existing local brutalist architecture. Drawings from the Hong Kong Building Department will also be examined to trace the architects and history of these structures. A further study will be carried out to categorise the architecture by its design language, characters and typologies, with representative graphical illustrations, and culminate into a showcase exhibition. The project aims to provoke discussions among local architecture practitioners and the general public on a broader discussion of the city’s architectural history, its hidden aesthetics and the culture of Brutalist architectural influences.

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2020
Grantee: Bob Pang Chin Wah

Bob Pang graduated from the Master of Architecture at The University of Hong Kong and has in depth experience in numerous offices world-wide, working in design offices globally like London, Shanghai, Vienna and Hong Kong. He was working under Arata Isozaki in Shanghai leading the design for Suzhou High Speed Rail Master Plan and Changchun Jingyue District Government Office. In 2015, he co-founded AaaM Architects, experimenting architecture as a medium to react with social issues. He is also a content contributor and columnist to various media, for instance, Hypebeast, Esquire, City Magazine and PMQ Design Extra writing about architecture in diverse topics.