cheungvogl: non design, hong kong cheungvogl: non design, hong kong
jul 21, 2010

cheungvogl: non design, hong kong

all image courtesy of cheungvogl

hong kong-based architectural firm cheungvogl‘s ‘non-design’ project takes, well, a step back from the actual process of designing. instead it’s about the observation and documentation of the beauty of the urban context in the city of hong kong, not influenced by the aesthetical understanding of architects or designers. the book presents a perspective of open views on the common understanding of ‘form follows function’; the clearly defined volume as an outcome of engineers’ perception and light; setting the scene … their observations also address the failure of international design to respond to one’s local comprehension of need and demand, recording the understanding of living in a place such as hong kong, which cannot be translated into ‘common international sense’. regarding the beauty of the non-designed environment, their observation leaves one with the question of how much architects and designers know regarding the needs of people and their grasp of design and beauty.

‘non-design’ will be published later this year alongside ceungvogl’s ‘architecture manga diary’ (AMD) which documents the process, thought and research behind the architectural outcome.

page of cheungvogl’s AMD project

page of cheungvogl’s AMD project

  • the book sounds intriguing

    CheCheMinx says:
  • these images are so beautiful, so sensitive.
    there might not be many architects, presenting the beauty of buildings and spaces in common context, created without the influence of designers and architects. so, so beautiful! great congratulations!

    S Wong says:
  • Beautiful!

    MaoMao says:
  • this is just amazing

    Kiran says:
  • beautiful documentation

    carstensen says:
  • Love the fresh fruit market in Prada !

    Brilliant , the idea intrigue me so much.

    Muimui says:

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