Reading Response:Carl Abbott

At the beginning of the chapter I read, Carl Abbott puts up with a question—what is gained and what is lost when a city pulls up stakes? This profound question arouses my interest. Whereas, since a “moving city” has already existed in science fictions for centuries but still not common in the reality, maybe the latter is more worth thinking about. So, what is lost, or in another word, what inconvenience it has when embodying mobility? The first thing that comes to my mind is extra energy consumption and the limit of current technology. This is an easy-thinking point but

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[READING RESPONSE] TsuTsui W.M. and Carl Abbott

I think there is certainly a relationship between destructive/ monstrous and cyberpunk movies. Apart from the discussion on Gojira, Akira and Ghost in the Shell we did during the tutorial, the part that talks about the walking (moving) city definitely interests me. The British architect Ron Herron depicts a Walking city with a huge self-contained mini-city that looked like a combination of giant building cranes, 1950s robots and praying mantis. As such, there are also depiction of an imaginative assumption of train as a miniature of a city, as mentioned “The train is  a moving world, it contains all surviving

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[Reading Response: Carl Abbot]

This reading prompts me to think a lot about future cities as depicted in sci-fi movies. As a sci-fi movie fan, I have watched quite a lot of movies focusing on post-apocalyptic and dystopian citiscapes. In most cases, after an apocalypse, cities will fall, and survivors will cluster into the remaining big cities. In a recent film that I have watched, Mortal Engines, survivors of a World War gather into mobile cities, with the larger ones hunting down smaller ones for their resources. Within the major mobile city of the film (New London), social classism is predominant, as richer people

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Field Trip 3: Lippo Center

Lippo center truly has a peculiar science-fiction futuristic look. At the center, under the magnifying glass is a still of Lippo Centre/HANKA Robotics from the film. In the Google search web page, I found out ironically that it is among the world’s ugliest buildings in some polls. As the Lippo is right next to the Bank of China, as illustrated by the photo, the former constantly reflects the latter with its glass walls. Nonetheless, Lippo is not another Chinese commercial group, since one of its co-founders, Mochtar Riady, is Indonesian. On the day of the field trip I went inside

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Field Trip 3: Lippo Centre

Lippo Centre located in Central is a landmark in many perspectives.  Its geometrical 3D pattern makes it standing out of other skyscrapers, while the glass curtain wall create a visual connection between the context. The huge reflection also blur the boundary between the realty and fantasy, signifying the characteristic of Central district.  The awareness of public and nature is also impressive. The lifted ground floor provide a common space for public and private sectors and the connective skywalks contribute to its  important role in transportation.   Mi Lan ( 3035332294)

Field Trip 3: Lippo Centre–Interacted

  It is obvious that Lippo Centre is not an isolated island — It has several layers attached to the ground and includes multiple entrances at every floor. Almost every entrance which is open to the public is showed. Lippo Centre is as a spider seated in Admiralty, having entrances which are linked and served to every direction. Even more, following its surrounding environment, its skin will change into different colors, from original glass-blue to sunlight-orange. And this is also an characteristic which is appearing in other modern skyscrapers using glass envelope: reflection of its neighbors is part of its

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Field trip 3: Ghost in the Shell

This moodboard collates three general moods inspired by the Central skyline from Victoria Harbour as depicted in Ghost in the Shell (2017), and is made up of taken photos, stock images, postcards (bottom), receipts, and a sketch (hand layered over the center). In the middle of the moodboard, various images of the iconic skyline are layered to achieve a glitched effect, and a collage of receipt cuttings makes up the buildings’ reflection. The background of postcards at the bottom are reminiscent of the dark and ominous peace that Major Kusanagi experiences underwater, and is juxtaposed by the noise of the chaotic neon

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Fieldtrip 3: Minimalistic Ring (Yee Wo Street)

Different from the movie, the circular bridge I picture in my mind is minimalistic and bright. My inspiration comes from the idea of retro futurism which can be seen in Blade Runner 2049 and Ex Machina. In order to remove time and space, the circular bridge is floating in the sky in which time and space are unknown. To illustrate a sense of futurism, the materials I chose are plainer and lighter in appearance. This can be achieved by two qualities – transparent (e.g. glass) and reflective (e.g. polished metal). I also apply a grey colour tone. Cool colours make

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[Field Trip III] Mood Board: Lai Tak Estate

Hong Kong is home to many unique and distinct pieces of architecture; the four spiral blocks located in Lai Tak Estate, Tai Hang is just one example of this. The peculiarity of this estate is highlighted through its hollow courtyard, found in each of the four buildings. Looking up from the centre of the courtyard, all you see is spirals among spirals of corridors. In my mood board, I have attempted to focus on the colours that accentuate this estate: soft shades of pink and blue, colours I find very warm and homely. I also included three shots from a

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Reading Response 2- Migratory City

In the reading, ‘Migratory Cities’, the author Carl Abbott investigated in a fictional idea of a “moving city”. The major question is, what is the implication of a migrating city that is not grounded. As there is not a single moving city in real life, the author guided could only the readers through a chain of imaginations from related creative works from different fields such as film, architectural ideas and novels. By citing these imaginations from various authors, a collective idea on how a moving city would be like is formed in the reading. The mystery of a moving city

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