[Re]Forming Public Space: A Critique of Hong Kong’s Park Governance through Architectural Intervention


  • Jason Carlow




This paper’s point of departure is a critique of the Hong Kong government’s somewhat rigid approach to regulating the public spaces of its parks. As an antidote to a rule-bound and somewhat restrictive set of policies, four groups of architecture students at the University of Hong Kong have designed various interventions for a public park in Hong Kong. The projects, entitled Pixel Wall, Fence Off, Border Mender, and Rocky present alternative ways of activating public space through architectural design.

Author Biography

Jason Carlow

Jason Carlow is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong, where he teaches design studio and leads experimental research seminars dealing with digital design, fabrication, and public space. Carlow is also the founding principal of the Hong Kong-based design firm C:A+D, Carlow Architecture and Design. He holds a BA in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University and a Master of Architecture from Yale. His work has been exhibited in the Hong Kong/Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism as well as the Venice Biennale of Architecture. He is an Associate Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects and a member of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture.