Render Challenge 3 - third prize winner | Ka Chung Lo
Ka Chung Lo
Graduated from The University of Melbourne and working as Architectural Assistant in a design firm in Hong Kong
1. Please introduce yourself in a personal and professional way
Hello, my name is Ka Chung Lo, you can call me Jasper, I am recently graduated from The University of Melbourne with master’s degree. Now I am working as architectural assistant in an architectural firm at Hong Kong. My father is an interior designer, always bring me to his office so I love modelling and imagination since childhood.
2. What is your design philosophy?
Because I designed many topics about not just human but non-human, which nurture my philosophy, is that always thinking in different perspective about the possible users within my design. The priority in my design not just represent in human but can be non-human even object.
3. Can you briefly explain your understanding of the topic and the source of ideas?
I guess one render challenge means it must be a strong, powerful, and stimulated, although having the text support but the image must be stand up as a separate element. The idea of this render is from my thesis last year, which is educating the possible future to people. As a future, it must be romantic, but also achievable to let people believe it, that’s how this render composite together.
4. When and how you were first introduced to architecture?
After finished my diploma, I was going to choose interior design for my bachelor’s degree. Before final decision, I went to an architecture graduate exhibition, I triggered by those beautiful models and drawings instead of any theory. In that moment I was thinking, I can do more from interior, which is the whole architecture itself, to attract more audience. That’s the first time I was introduced to architecture, not by any person or masterpiece, but just a showcase of young dreams.
5. What does architecture mean to you?
A: A way that I can really showing what my interest and talented on, after working at design firm it is also a study and practice through my whole life because of the responsibility it can carry.
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Frontier of Galapagosization
This project is based on Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in Galapagos, it is an urban settlement having a 6 thousand population, located on San Cristobal Island in Galapagos. Since 1959, any horizontal expansion of the urban areas is not allowed to protect the environment.
There are basically three main issues that the project addresses: First, the dominant industry is tourism now on the island since agriculture is a low-profit sector. Since the change of economic activity, the second problem is the abandonment of agricultural land which increases the risk of expansion of invasive species, the obvious one is the guava tree. The third is the scarce water resources in the town.
The design approach is to utilize aquaponics to promote urban farming on the edge of the town. By designing a border typology to develop a place for agriculture, conserving nature and endemic species to dissolve the existing physical and cultural boundary. The project proposed the guava tree as a laminated timber material, transferring the invasive species into building material.
The result is a timber modular system. Various sizes of unit will be joined by slots with structural pins as reinforcement; this joint allows the structure to continue to grow horizontally by connecting side by side. Visitors and users can reach different levels by elevator from the core or staircase around the periphery.
Since the original method of shade coffee is not efficient, especially the initial stage. The project provides a starting place to nurture the little coffee plantation until it grows up and send them back to the highland to continue working with the existing agriculture. As an intervention, it creates disturbance from the urban perspective to the environment and noosphere, leading the existing fragile system to positive cycles. The programs in this structure are also related to coffee production including processing, packaging, and selling the Galapagos coffee, which is a high-profit commodity, creates a huge amount of employment for the locals.
One of the facts is that freshwater is a valuable resource in the Galapagos, as all the islands are contaminated with household wastewater. However, an enormous amount of water consumption on the highland of San Cristobal Island just for agriculture. But, if it leaves a part of the farming process to the urban environment, this new mixture only using 60% of the water compared to the normal irrigation.
This structure as an endemic urban farm will increase the value of the local agriculture commodity because the products are fresher, the island can really achieve self-sufficiency in food and material and less reliance on the importing ship. Especially in today's pandemic, this is an urge that Galapagos must develop more ways to survive in the future.
Located on the edge of the city, the project is highly visible to locals, students, and tourists to come and learn the mechanism, to take and assemble in their own garden to generate doorstep vegetables for daily consumption. The edge is the place for group interaction and communication.
©Ka Chung Lo
©Ka Chung Lo
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