Curator: Nuno Soares
Art Director: Filipa Simões
Support: CURB – Centre for Architecture & Urbanism
Location: PONTE 9 Creative Platform
Rua das Lorchas Ponte no.9, 3rd floor, Macau
Duration: 9 January 2016 — 27 February 2016
Monday — Saturday, 14:30 — 19:00
MACAU is the most densely populated territory in the world, an extreme example of an urban landscape where individual appropriation is very intense and widespread The shapes generated by use, in other words, the devices of appropriation of urban space -. Canopies, annexes, hawker booths, outdoor ads, rooftop houses and caged windows - are urban elements that, despite at their minimal scale, influence the use and shape of the city.SHAPED BY USE - Individual Designs reshaping the City * is an exhibition that explores the phenomenon of appropriation of urban space, it's materialization, the impact on the city landscape, and its future potential as a field for architectural exploration It's organized in three parts:.DOC is a projection that documents the research on Macau's urban space appropriation, with an insightful take on the devices typologies.
DEVICES is an installation that portrays the appropriation phenomenon, representing the urban space that results from the appropriation by each of these different devices. CITYSCAPE is a prospective installation that invites the visitors to engage with urban space and the appropriation elements, reshaping the landscape and encouraging a new way to look at the city, where the use of these devices is possible and the individual participation encouraged. This aims to test and discuss the future potential role of small-scale interventions to reshape existing cityscapes. The exhibition will be complemented by a series of events, such as a workshop with architecture and urban design students, and a seminar on the topic of appropriation devices.
* The research that supports this exhibition was consolidated during 10 years (2005-2015) as part of Nuno Soares PhD thesis at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Lisbon.