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"The Liberal Monument"
(Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4)

Redefining the Public Sphere in Central Hong Kong

Hong Kong has become over the past decades the ultimate manifestation of the contemporary capitalist Metropolis.
 
Characterized by an extremely dense and vertical urban fabric encouraged by strict regulatory governmental policies, commercial private developments have become an overarching speculation model defining a complex network of shopping podiums, towers and elevated walkways growing piecemeal throughout the city.

The urban landscape has been commodified and optimized, illustrating the failure of Modernism with an increasingly privatized and generic corporate city. This project aims to reaffirm forgotten ideals of the late modern project: the Cores. This project illustrates an attempt to formalize the collective in the city, as an expression of freedom and a newfound citizenship.

Paul-Antoine Lucas, Master's Thesis, 2018
AHO – The Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Institute of Urbanism and Landscape
Under the supervision of Luis Callejas
4 spiral-bound volumes of 16.5 x 23.5 cm, in 140gsm paper

Redefining the Public Sphere in Central Hong Kong

Hong Kong has become over the past decades the ultimate manifestation of the contemporary capitalist Metropolis.
 
Characterized by an extremely dense and vertical urban fabric encouraged by strict regulatory governmental policies, commercial private developments have become an overarching speculation model defining a complex network of shopping podiums, towers and elevated walkways growing piecemeal throughout the city.

The urban landscape has been commodified and optimized, illustrating the failure of Modernism with an increasingly privatized and generic corporate city. This project aims to reaffirm forgotten ideals of the late modern project: the Cores. This project illustrates an attempt to formalize the collective in the city, as an expression of freedom and a newfound citizenship.

Paul-Antoine Lucas, Master's Thesis, 2018
AHO – The Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Institute of Urbanism and Landscape
Under the supervision of Luis Callejas
4 spiral-bound volumes of 16.5 x 23.5 cm, in 140gsm paper


"The Liberal Monument"