Reading Response: Giuliano Bruno

The reading 2 states two interesting phrases, reel time and real time. Actually it is quite normal to think of these two words when we come into a movie, cause real time is the real timeline that is occurring outside the movie while the reel time is the time running inside the movie, which means: reel time must be shown by some of the features, sometimes represented by title saying that “two years later” or the alternation of the days and nights, it also could be related to architecture. Just as Giuliano said, architecture could be sensitive to the atmosphere.

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[Reading Response: Ackbar Abbas]

In the article, Ackbar Abbas examine the tradition and the traits of Hong Kong buildings. He first raises an interesting opinion of Frantz Fanon – “it is the colonialist who becomes defenders of native styles.” After nearly a century’s colonization, Western culture, especially British culture, is becoming an important part of Hong Kong’s tradition. That’s true, as the preservation of Hong Kong buildings offer by Chinese government is rather based on the disappearance of historical site. He also discusses some traits of Hong Kong building. It is an open city exposed to all styles and influence, and it constantly refreshes

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Reading Response: Ackbar Abbas

What disappeared? What appeared? Before reading this article, the answer I can give is that old buildings have disappeared and new buildings have appeared. There is a high probability that I can also answer that the culture contained and represented by the old buildings has disappeared. But after reading this article, I will give an additional answer, that is, people’s sense of belonging to the city of Hong Kong is disappearing. The ever-changing Central is no longer what the old Hong Kong people remember. What has disappeared is not only the buildings, but also the memories of these people about

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Reading Response: Ackbar Abbas AND Giuliana Bruno

What does time bring to architecture? Bruno,G. said that buildings produce shadow changes with different height of sun in one day. With the different weather of a year, different visual effects are produced.I think a good building should not only be beutiful when it is built, but also focus on the changes of four seasons,sunrise and sunset, and even decades later, when the building has experienced wind and rain erosion, it can also show different feeling.For example, the ten sceneries of West Lake refer to different scenery in different seasons. There is a Taihu Lake stone in Suzhou garden, which only casts the reflection of the sun and moon at a certain time. Abbas.M.A think Hong Kong people lack sense of cultural identity.But I want to say: “Look at The Pawn!Time make the function of building changed,it also add history and culture.Builings help people to remember time,that make Hong Kong culture more charming.” Yifan ZHANG 303577281


The article poses the following questions to me: what shapes our cultural identity? A blend of the east and the west? Or the most local indigenous culture recalling back to the days Hong Kong as a small fishing village? What I have come up with at last is that all the past of the place altogether brings about this unique culture. This then raises the importance of Hong Kong’s cultural self-definition which is closely related to its architecture. Hong Kong, as an inter-national and para-sitic city, is unsurprisingly struggling with the problem of hyperdependency which thwarts its way to find


Reading Response: Ackbar Abbas

The examples of Lan Kwei Fong and Times Square in the article remind me of my hometown. My grandparents, who live in the countryside, just finished building their luxurious three-story villa a few years ago. It even has two chess and card rooms and a karaoke bar. The house is modern and comfortable enough to enjoy. However, outside the villa, there are no straight and smooth roads, no trash cans and no supermarkets. I saw the chicken coop turned into a basketball court and the lotus pond was replaced by a fishing field. Just like Lan Kwei Fong, the ‘vernacular’ part is disappearing. Gentrification has swept my hometown, and

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Reading Response: Ackbar Abbas

I appreciate a perception mentioned in the tutorial that “architecture is defined by the people living in it”. For me, architecture and the people, even civilization are always mutually affecting each other and are inseparable. Architecture itself is lifeless, it is people that anthropomorphize every brick and block of a city so they can witness communal history. As Hong Kong be caught between two colonialities and plunges into drastic socio-economic change, a desperate desire emerges to grasp a sense of belonging. Preservation of the past is pacifying solace. That’s why people react strongly to the demolition of Kowloon wall city

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[Reading Response] Giuliana Bruno

When one combines a succession of pictures, they create the illusion of movement- a moving picture, or film. By this logic, one can argue that the truly constant subject of any film is time. Interestingly, the stills featured in the article, a slice of time, taken from their original films, emphasises this idea, especially when observing the ‘slices’ from ‘Empire’ by Andy Warhol. Since realistically almost no one dedicates eight continuous hours to watching the same movie- nonetheless one of the ‘life’ of a building (maybe why it is described as “famous but little-seen”(Bruno, 2004)), is it possible that the

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Reading Response: Ackbar Abbas

When it comes to preservation work in Hong Kong, what comes to mind might not be a redeveloped and well-organised community. Instead, rooms left vacant, people protesting against urban renewal and absurd conservation ideas are more likely to be seen in Hong Kong.  But why is this happening? Ackbar stated in the text that he believe preservation is selective and tends to exclude the dirt and pain. So it sounds like a good thing, however, in Hong Kong’s situation, we almost appreciate every single moment of the history-no matter good or bad. For example, the walled city. It was one

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Based on the film Empire by Andy Warhol, I come up with a question, ‘If a film that stimulates the reality, intends to engaging audience into the atmosphere, why it lasts such long time? Why can’t the film only last 1 hour that contains the flash the Empire lights up?’ The answer maybe reel vs real. As Bruno says, ‘they are cinematic ‘meditations’ on real matters. Real performances, they look at how reality itself matters.’ Warhol subverted the traditional film form. Empire can be a kind of anti-film, or, it expanded the range of film. It is more than ‘take