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間築社的由來|The Origin of Project Space

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12 月

The Origin of Project Space|間築社的由來

「Project Space 間築社係一間提供小型家居維修服務、建築設計研究、社區藝術教育、環境的註冊慈善機構……」

 

在過去的一年間,我積極穿梭不同的活動中,這句話亦說過不下50次了。Project Space如今迎來第七個年頭,終於蛻變成擁有獨立工作室的模樣,規模雖小,卻是一個意義非凡的里程碑。

 

理想與現實的落差
從兼讀建築設計,到成立Project Space,希望能設計出更好的建築,讓人有尊嚴地活著,享受舒適的生活,那如烏托邦般的理想一直縈繞不去。修讀建築的人, 總希望建築可以改變世界,因此當社工同學提議以建築設計去幫助別人時,我們一群建築系的學生便聚首成立了Project Space。然而,理想終究只是理想,看著自己費煞思量設計出來的納米樓盤, 不知會否成為鬼城的國內二線城市大型樓盤等。使我陷入迷茫中,面對香港「寸金尺土」的景況,理想似乎只能止於紙上談兵。

 

將烏托邦概念引進基層
在籠罩著迷霧的路上,我選擇到澳洲打工度假以思索未來的方向。眼見當地能以天然泥土混合稻草, 廢棄玻璃瓶來建造房屋、自家種植有機蔬菜,這樣自給自足的可持續生活,宛如烏托邦的存在,重燃了我的初心。揣著對理想的盼望,再次踏上追尋的路途。只是尋覓的過程中總有許多障礙,唯有積極與不同組織合作,從一次次的服務中找尋突破。終於,我們找到確切的定位,主力幫助弱勢社群改善居住環境,替小型家居作環境改善及維修,以彌補現存服務的縫隙。

 

在侷限中找出路
隨著時間的推移,質疑的聲音亦逐漸浮現。我們服務的基層家庭大多居住在劏房、鐵皮屋,幫助他們改善居住環境在他人眼中雖無可厚非,但卻是助長新移民和南亞裔,更是劏房的「幫兇」。然而,面對香港人均居住面積愈漸狹窄的事實,無法扭轉局勢的基層居民只能無力地接受,亦不得不妥協,我們能做的是在有限的資源及條件下,改善其基本居住環境,提升他們的生活質素,而不拘泥於服務對象的身分、背景。

 

也許這一切都過於理想化,但每每看到劏房戶小孩因有更佳的居住環境而由心綻放的笑靨,我銘記當初成立Project Space的初衷,亦知道自己的使命。那種猶如烏托邦的想法雖然飄渺,但我們願意嘗試。

 

“Project Space is a registered charity which provides in-flat maintaining services, architectural design research, community art and environment education.”

During the previous year, since I attend different activities actively, therefore I have introduced Project Space for more than fifty times. This is the seventh year after Project Space has established. Finally it has its own office. Although is it small, it is still something meaningful and memorable.

 

The Gap between Ideal and Reality

From a part-time Architectural Design programme student, to the establishment of Project Space. I hope to design better architectures, to enable people living in dignity, and enjoy comfortable life – the utopia, the idea keeps hovering. People who study architect always hope to change the world with it. Therefore, when our classmates who study social work suggest to help people with architect, we, a group of architecture students establish Project Space. Yet, an idea is only ideal. Watching what I have design painstakingly becomes nano flats, or not sure if they can only be mainland second-tier city big flats located in ghost towns confused me a lot. Facing scarcity of land in Hong Kong, the idea is just an empty talk.

 

Introducing the Utopia Idea into Grassroots

On the path with heavy mist leading to unknown, in order to ponder over my future, I have chosen to go to Australia for working holiday. Seeing the locals using natural soil mixed with straw, abandoned glass containers to build houses, homegrown organic vegetables, etc. This kind of autarkic sustainable life is like an utopia. It has lightened my original intention again. To pursue my dream, I set foot on the path again. It’s just that there are many obstacles along the way. Only actively cooperating with different organisations, and make a breakthrough providing services again and again. At last, we have found our position. We aim to help the unprivileged to improve their living environment, including repairing, in order to consummate the crack of existing services.

 

Finding Solution for Limitation

Time passes, we hear questions gradually. The grassroot families that we serve mostly are living in subdivided units and metal huts. Helping them to improve their living environment seems reasonable. However, this also increases the number of new immigrants and South Asians, even worsen the situation of subdivided units. Yet, facing the fact that the average living floor area of each person keeps descending, and the grassroots cannot save the day  instead of accepting it helplessly. What we can do is to improve their living environment, living standard under limited resources and conditions. In addition, we do not care their identities and backgrounds.

Maybe this is too idealise. Still, I remember the original intention of establishing Project Space when I see every child who lives in subdivided units being happy from the deep inside because of having better living environment. I know my mission. We are willing to try although the Utopia idea is faintly discernible, as in a mist.

 

劏房個案分析 A Case of Subdivided Unit

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