Project: "Pattern to Pattern"
Designer(s): Dennis Cheung, Hong Kong
Category: Architecture Categories, Student
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Entry Description: Mumbai, being the densest city in the world, suffers from a lack of public space for the majority of the population, whose habitations are found in the slum area. Substandard hygiene and over packed living environment are common in the regions. Yet it was the same high density that yields vibrancy to the city. Seeing these, patterns of activities observed in the squatter area were documented and studied. A system of infrastructure is designed with a layer of patterned openings which allows pegs to be pulled out from the ground at different heights. This infrastructure is imposed in the ground. The choices of heights correspond to the activities that users of the area mainly do. In order to increase the degree of control towards the activities happening in the site, a series of optimization study was done against the ratio between openings and ground, such that a design that strikes a balance between users’ wishes and architects’ intentions emerged.

About the Designer/Company
Upscaling Operations, or UPSOP, is a multi-disciplinary design practice aims to reuse and redefine mundane urban objects, materials and space. We have a passion for identifying the potential of different materials, ways of fabrication as well as different spatial practices. We are interested in the granular construct of everyday life. We believe the aggregated form of material assembly defines the perception of space. Our value added operations would create unique spatial experience. Our operations are novel, meticulous, 3-dimensional, scaleless, re-materializing, playful, unexpected, and of course, delightful. UPSOP was founded by G and D in the summer of 2014 in Hong Kong. Both G and D obtained their Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies degrees at the University of Hong Kong. G graduated subsequently with a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard GSD while D from the opposite end of Mass Ave at MIT. They are keen on bringing quality and purposeful designs to their home city via technology and craftsmanship. G and D have working experiences in the U.S., Italy, Japan, China and Hong Kong and their works were exhibited in the U.S., Canada, China and Hong Kong. Upscaling Operations currently operates in Hong Kong.