Compact Living: Global Phenomenon
Date(s) - 07/12/2016
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
333, Lockhart Road, Wanchai
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he phenomenon of rapid urbanization implies high-density populations and a scarcity of living space. As a result of vertical developments, apartments are becoming smaller and smaller, and a more intimate relationship is created between residential and non-residential buildings. The notion of ‘compact living space’ is no longer limited to Hong Kong, rather, it is now a universal topic in cities such as London, New York and Tokyo where apartments have also become smaller and the city has become an extension of the home.
So: Have our homes become smaller, or bigger?
In the past, discussions of urbanization often focused on the push and pull between urban and rural; now, the push and pull is between the city and apartments, the functions of which complement each other. Lifestyle, communication among people, interaction between the environment and inhabitants…all can be richer and beneficial to the economy. Compact apartments can improve quality of life as well as the urban environment. They also minimize the use of valuable resources in their construction, and energy consumption.
Founder & Managing Director
EDGE Design Institute Ltd.
Gary Chang is one of the most influential figures in the architectural, interior and product design world today. With a passion for transformational designs that exemplify ultimate adaptability and sensibility, Gary’s work has focused on spatial flexibility and the interplay between art and practicality. The tiny apartment in Hong Kong in which he grew up sparked a lasting curiosity in maximizing compact space. Gary founded EDGE Design Institute Ltd. in 1994 and has since created such notable works as the Suitcase House in Beijing, his Kung-fu tea-set for ALESSI, and the transformation of his childhood home and current 32 m2 apartment.
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