【長沙灣的美學狀態】

(請按右邊箭嘴,向右觀看) 每次來到長沙灣,都有莫名的傷感。 長沙灣,與深水埗相鄰,卻是許多大型重建項目率先開刀的地方。走在街頭,抬頭就是林立的新建「牙籤樓」— 收地面積小,空間緊絀,所以向上發展,建成又高又窄的樓宇。一棟又一棟的尖樓,在舊區中突然冒起,不僅與鄰近的較四平八穩的唐樓形成強烈對比,更因數量逐步上升,形成了垂直、但又不穩、唐突的城市新貌。 牙籤樓對於舊社區城景美學帶來的威脅,尚可「隻眼開,隻眼閉」,因為牙籤之形,瘦瘦窄窄,雖比例不好看,霸佔的視覺空間卻不多。毫無正氣,帶給人畸形和不安感,但對城景美學未有巨大的破壞。 反而,大型新式樓盤和商場,更值關注。這些樓盤倘若放在荔枝角區,不會帶來視覺衝突,但當這些稜角分明,材質刺眼(如玻璃幕牆等反光物料)的巨型建築物硬生生地空降到長沙灣這個老區中,便產生了強烈的視覺衝突。何出此言?首先,與荔枝角這種新發展的地區不同,長沙灣與深水埗區本身社區歷史悠久,充滿著唐樓、老招牌、傳統街市等等有機的建築物與城市元素。「有機」(organic),就是由下而上(bottom-up),由民間建成,自然產生,而非規劃而成的。例如招牌,之所以為本土特色,其中一個原因就是因為有機:殖民時期港英政府有意放任和忽略,沒有禁止民間商家去豎立這些立體廣告牌,間接促成了這種民間藝術。有機而成的社區,都有共通點 : 民策建築,以用家為本,空間應用靈活,沒有由上而下硬套的價值觀。例如,鄰里之間共享小巷、便於移動的臨時街市排檔等等,長沙灣正是如此。視覺上,唐樓樓層不高,比例上是橫置的長方體,具有安穩的視覺效果。而唐樓外牆,多採用水泥然後上漆,是不反光的物料,並以暖色

Around the Corner Exhibition

What’s your favourite corner in Hong Kong? It might not be one of those iconic tourist spots from the guide books. Perhaps, it is the little park that you used to linger as a kid, or that little street corner you used to pass by when you fetch your kids home, or the dried seafood shop you used to say hi to with a little kitten greeting you.A routine life may look dull, but the unusual and the surprising are always there to find when you stop and observe. In the exhibition “Around the Corner”, city painter Elaine Chiu will guide through the little street corners in Hong Kong by her watercolour paintings. Daily but not dull, Elaine believes street corners are where the unusual and unique can b

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Hong Kong, 2020

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