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P&T’s travel scholarship takes Hong Kong architecture students to the world

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Dec 2017

 

As one of the most established global architecture practices, P&T is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of architects. One of the firm’s most important initiatives for young talent is through its annual Travel Scholarship, which aims to promote better architecture education by sponsoring MArch students in Hong Kong to pursue academic passion projects over their travel in summer holidays. The scholarship allows selected students to travel to a destination of their choosing, to observe life in a different city and understand how different communities interact with their unique natural or built environments. This year, the three students selected to participate in the Travel Scholarship programme were Clarissa Lim (HKU), Cynthia Leung (HKU) and Derrick Leong (CUHK).

 

A video of students sharing their experience can be viewed at: 

 

Collage of cultures

Cynthia travelled to Morocco to explore what she terms that country’s Collage of Cultures. Her research examined a country with a long history marked by successive waves of settlers and military encroachment, and how influences from diverse cultures have affected Morocco’s architecture. Cynthia went to eight different cities, taking in the rugged mountain ranges, the harsh desert and the expansive coastline of the northern African country, exploring different townscapes and their site-specific architectural clusters, reflective of particular cultural and religious memories that, through architecture, remained frozen in time.

 

Cynthia Leung travelled to Morocco to explore what she terms that country’s Collage of Cultures.

 

Community making

For her assignment, Clarissa travelled to her native Malaysia. Her paper, #ToSettle examined how migrant communities connect and recreate their own homes in a foreign landscape, with a spotlight on the Chinese community in Malaysia. Through social media, interviews and her own photography, Clarissa explored placemaking for outsiders in established communities. “I moved to Hong Kong when I was really young,” says Lim. “To go back and see the city around me in a different way, from an academic perspective, was really rewarding.”

 

Clarissa Lim travelled to her native Malaysia to examine how migrant communities connect and recreate their own homes in a foreign landscape

 

The memory of water infrastructure

Derrick used his scholarship funds to venture to the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal, to examine the architecture of water infrastructure, or, the relationship between people, nature and the built environment. Derrick looked at flood protection measures in the Netherlands, riverbank redevelopment in Barcelona, Madrid and Toledo, and took a historical approach in Portugal to examine water supply and methods of water transportation. For Derrick, the P&T Travel Scholarship will have positive implications for his future studies. “All the buildings I visited will be extremely useful for my later research, because my thesis is on water infrastructure in Europe,” he says. 

 

Derrick Leong used his scholarship funds to venture to the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal, to examine the architecture of water infrastructure.

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