code ≈ space / near-field urbanism


Name: Ian Nazareth

Nationality: Indian, Australian Resident

Institution / Company: TRAFFIC


Name: Wu Hao

Nationality: Chinese

Institution / Company: TRAFFIC


-FINALIST of Hong Kong Drone Port Competition


The conceptualisation and production of architectural space is dependent on code – building codes, urban, regulatory codes, and in ever increasing ferocity – computer/ machine code – that determines valency and organisational hierarchies. New mobility paradigms enabled by remotely piloted / autonomous unmanned vehicles enable a fine-grain distribution for urban logistical exchange. Parameters of time and distance have shrunk, transforming the relationship with materiality and behaviour of spaces in the built environment – a near-field urbanism, where kinetic forces mobilise new spatialities.

The Drone Port is placed within Princes Building, along Statue Square, across the Court of Appeal and HSBC’s Headquarters. Carving a wedge in the tower, the Port is deployed as an alibi to explore the possibility for an emergent urbanism of interchange. Code ≈ Space is focussed on the liminal overrun between infrastructural terrains, distributed platform technologies, peer-peer economies and civic spaces. Jacked into the circulatory infrastructure of the tower, the transient, temporal areas between operational spaces – launchpads, easements, buffers, loading bays, refuge-floors now unlock maker-labs, shared offices, and recreational spaces.

The messy territory of a machinic landscape and sequences of executable instructions, are the catalyst for novel forms of human interaction – a new civic domain contained within the pretext of common-property.


#drones #sharedmobility #urbanregeneration #sharingeconomy #platformtechnology

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