Almanac of To | 土家曆 2017-11-16T07:36:16+00:00

Project Description

Almanac of To | 土家曆

 

Description:

Being one of the largest redevelopment projects in scale by the Urban Renewal Authority (URA), Kwun Tong has evolved into a new town centre in just 10 years’ time. Many then existing buildings were demolished, and many more former residents were forced out of their old homes. Witnessing the sharp contrast of Kwun Tong before and after, the design graduate Allie So was prompted to develop her final-year project “Bonding in Kwun Tong” to reconstruct the fond memories of old Kwun Tong.

“Bonding in Kwun Tong” aims to develop a sense of belonging within the community of Kwun Tong by strengthening the bonding among individuals. Allie’s way to improve life and social network is to organise an exhibition to recall buildings of collective memories in Kwun Tong through sculpting these places on thin wooden sheets. She also believes that this artistic method could facilitate the development of a sustainable society in the future.

Seeing where Allie is coming from, the「DesignXcel」team was quick to consult Cultural Community Concern (CCC), an NGO with missions to promote the merge of cultural-social innovation and community building, to offer professional cultural advices to her for further project development. All the parties involved then met for the first time at CCC’s base “ToHome” House of To Kwa Wan Stories, only to know that the URA had just announced its acquisition plans for To Kwa Wan at $16,000/sq.ft. of effective area on the same day.

The somewhat fated news had turned Allie’s focus temporarily away from Kwun Tong to To Kwa Wan, where she would now focus her collaborative project of “Almanac of To” with CCC. The “Almanac of To” is a documentation of the daily life of To Kwa Wan residents during the renewal transition in the form of a traditional Chinese calendar. With the help and district connections of CCC, Allie participated in various community events and gatherings for interviews. The verbal history of small people in small communities she collected has eventually been consolidated into this memoir before the imminent teardown of yet another unique place in Hong Kong.

作為市區重建局(市建局)其中一個最大規模的重建項目,觀塘在10年間演變成一個新市中心,很多舊建築物已被拆卸,更多舊居民被逼遷離。設計畢業生蘇嘉琳見證了觀塘重建前後的強烈對比,所以利用畢業作品「繫結觀塘」重塑關於老觀塘的回憶。

「繫結觀塘」旨在透過增強個體之間的繫結於觀塘的社區建立歸屬感。她希望透過舉辦展覽,在木板上雕刻蘊藏大量集體回憶的建築物,改善生活和社會網絡,並相信這種藝術手法在未來有助形成可持續發展的社會。

得悉蘇嘉琳的創作方向後,《設計列陣》團隊隨即接洽非牟利社區團體社區文化關注,他們是香港政府認可的慈善團體,主要工作是推動結合文化社會創新的社區營造,可以為蘇嘉琳的未來發展提供專業文化意見。幾方相約在社區文化關注的大本營「土家」土瓜灣故事館初次會面,同日碰正市建局宣布以實用面積每尺$16,000收購該區重建。

這個註定早晚會降臨的消息令蘇嘉琳將精力暫時由觀塘轉至土瓜灣,發展與社區文化關注協作的「土家曆」。「土家曆」以傳統中國月曆記錄重建過渡期間土瓜灣居民的生活。由於社區文化關注在土瓜灣的連繁,蘇嘉琳參加了多個社區活動、聚會和訪問,趕及在這個香港的獨特區域拆卸前,將小社區的小人物的口述歷史結集成回憶錄。

Design Graduate:

So Ka Lam, Allie | 蘇嘉琳

Collaborator:

Cultural Community Concern | 社區文化關注

Email:

sklam97@yahoo.com.hk

School:

Visual Communication | The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong Community College

香港專上學院