architecture, politics, hong kong, shenzhen, anarchy
Architectural History and Criticism | Architectural Technology | Historic Preservation and Conservation | Urban, Community and Regional Planning
This thesis is a political manifesto that seeks to address the current chaotic and undesrable politcal environment on the border between Hong Kong and Shenzhen (Anarchy City). Acknowledging that:
-Anarchy City has evolved from political borders whose purpose was to create division.
-Anarchy City possesses width and depth, is a 3-dimensional space of physical presence.
-Anarchy City is a "zone of exception" independent from the entities it sets out to separate.
-Anarchy City is anarchic, free of formal rules and regulations and thus free for interpretation.
-Anarchy City is deliberately distinguished from, and openly challenges, the existing political and social norms.
-Anarchy City promotes unrestricted possibilites of exchange both in material and intellectual forms as the apparatus for the dissolution of divison.
-Anarchy City advocates a perpetual "in-between status" that becomes so substantial as to be able to register its new identity.
This thesis proposes a reconceptualizing of Anarchy City as a place for the progressive rethinking of the Hong Kong-Shenzhen hinterland.
Yao, Zhuocen, "Anarchy City" (2016). Architecture Senior Theses. 347.
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