This is an Advanced Design Studio by Prof. Peter W. Ferretto, connected to the Masters in Architecture program at CUHK.

The aim of the Studio is to rethink the meaning of rural villages in Hong Kong and make a series of propositional projects that could suggest different future rather than see this rich heritage disappear and forgotten.

1st Semester Final Review
3 December 2020

1st Progress Review

22 October 2020

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01 Spatial Study

Shatin is an area surrounded by hills, with Shing Mun River at the centre. It has over 100 years of history, starting from several villages along the River, including Tai Wai Village, Shan Ha Wai and KakTin Village. Over the years, villagers from different villages formed the Shatin Nine-Alliance, to facilitate connections and co-operation among villages in Shatin.

Sha Tin Nine-Alliance Main Festivals

Sha Tin Nine-Alliance Special Festivals in Certain Villages

There are Ancestral Halls where villagers can worship ancestors in their daily life. During special days, villagers organize festivals including Da Jiu Festival, Che Kung Festival, Ba Lok Festival etc., where rituals like lion dance, burning Tai Shi are practised. Both ancestral halls and festivals help villagers embrace traditions and unite people. It brings a sense of belonging and identity that tiedpeople in Shatin together, so that people can live harmoniously.

Da Jiu Festival at Sha Tin Nine-Alliance

Sha Tin Nine-Alliance is about nine districts, with a total of 48 villages and about 30,000 people living. According to old legends, a plague occurred in the area in the first year of Guangxu in the Qing Dynasty (1875). The village elders proposed to invite the statue of Che Kung to travel around the villages, and the disease was eliminated. In order to reward the divine grace, the villagers agrees to hold Da Jiu Festival every ten years.

Da Jiu Festival has two main functions: one is to pray for the well-being of the community, to protect the environment, and to make wishes and rewards; the other is to reconfirm social relations and the identity of the crowd.
Martial Art Group
Lion Dance

Qilin Dance

Dragon Dance
Flower Plaque

Bamboo Theatre

Chinese Opera

Poon Choi
Burning Tai Shi
Ceremonies - Traditional Costumes & Instruments

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︎02 Material Study

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