Re:Placed – DVRC Urban Playscape

  • Image Courtesy of DVRC.
  • Image Courtesy of DVRC.
  • Image Courtesy of DVRC.

Re:Placed is an architectural intervention, design-led research, and cultural approach envisioned to stimulate the collective role in the creation of an innovative community-based public space at Des Voeux Road Central, by establishing productive dialogues across disciplines and the general public in Hong Kong.

Re:Placed is an architectural intervention, design-led research, and cultural approach envisioned to stimulate the collective role in the creation of an innovative community-based public space at Des Voeux Road Central, by establishing productive dialogues across disciplines and the general public in Hong Kong.

In Hong Kong, bottom-up efforts are increasingly being recognised as partners in the city’s development and vitalization. Accordingly, Public Space Initiative, Clean Air Network and Designing Hong Kong initiated the DVRC Campaign in 2015, to promote a landscaped pedestrianization proposal on Des Voeux Road Central (DVRC) which has been proposed by the Hong Kong Institute of Planners since 2000. The narrow sidewalks, air pollution, lack of social interaction, greenery, seating, and the restrictive
regulations on uses of the street as public space provide a socio-political counterpoint for an active, quality public space at DVRC.

In close discussions with relevant Government Departments, local business leaders and many other stakeholders, the Campaign combines formal and informal re-appropriation of DVRC as a vehicle for bringing opposing aspects of Hong Kong’s public life together.

Milestone

2016.Q3
Project awarded Design Trust Seed Grant

2016.09
Clara Cheung, along with architecture students presented “Re:placed”, a playful, interactive landscape for the “Walk DVRC” public space initiative

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Design Trust Seed Grant

2016
Fellow: Clara Cheung