Unbuilt Macau

  • 'Unbuilt Macau', 2017 M+/ Design Trust Fellow Thomas Daniell
  • Hugo de Lacerda New Harbour works © Hugo de Lacerda
  • 2017 M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship Public Talk
  • 2017 M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship Public Talk

2017 M+ / Design Trust Research Fellow Thomas Daniell researches 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.

2017 M+ / Design Trust Research Fellow Thomas Daniell researches 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.

The M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship programme consists of two separate fellowships investigating issues related to architecture and design. One supports research projects focused on Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area in an Asian or global context, and the second supports research projects related to Asia more broadly, closely in line with the curatorial position of M+, the Hong Kong museum dedicated to visual culture of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Past fellows include: Ling Fan (2015); Joseph Grima (2016) and the team of Daniel Cooper and Juliana Kei (2016).

More details about M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship here

M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship 2017 Public Talk

Date: 3 March 2018 (Saturday)

Time: 3pm – 5pm

Venue:  Dom Pedro V Theatre, Largo de Santo Agostinho, Macau

Speaker: Thomas Daniell (M+ / Design Trust Research Fellow 2017)

Moderators:

Aric Chen (Lead Curator, Design and Architecture, M+)

Marisa Yiu (Co-founder/ Executive Director, Design Trust)

Discussant:

Eduardo Tavares da Silva (Director, GET International Ltd Architects, Engineers and Urban Planners)

Organised by M+ and in collaboration with Design Trust

More details about M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship 2017 Public Talk here

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M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship

2017
Fellow: 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.

Organisation: M+, West Kowloon Cultural District, Design Trust

About M+
M+ is a museum dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting visual art, design and architecture, moving image, and Hong Kong visual culture of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District, we are building one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary visual culture in the world, with a bold ambition to establish ourselves as one of the world’s leading cultural institutions. Our aim is to create a new kind of museum that reflects our unique time and place, a museum that builds on Hong Kong’s historic balance of the local and the international to define a distinctive and innovative voice for Asia’s twenty-first century.

About the West Kowloon Cultural District
Located on Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor, the West Kowloon Cultural District is one of the largest cultural projects in the world. Its vision is to create a vibrant new cultural quarter for Hong Kong. With a complex of theatres, performance spaces, and museums, the West Kowloon Cultural District will produce and host world-class exhibitions, performances, and cultural events, as well as provide twenty-three hectares of public open space, including a two-kilometer waterfront promenade.

About Design Trust
Design Trust was established in 2014 by Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design, a registered charity in Hong Kong since 2007, as a grant-funding platform. Design Trust supports creative projects that develop expertise and build research initiatives and content related to Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area. Working across a multiplicity of design disciplines, from graphics, media, and architecture to the built environment, Design Trust aims to actively accelerate creative research, design, and the development of meaningful projects that advocate for the positive role of design.