To Hong Kong, the West Kowloon Cultural District stands as a global cultural hub that represents Hong Kong’s commitment to arts and cultures. To the public, it serves as a genuinely-public open space that can play an important role in improving the current predicament of the lack of breathing space. To you, what does WKCD mean?
A place for realising Dreams.
An inch of land in Hong Kong is worth an inch of gold; the soaring rents has certainly pushed out many small businesses in Hong Kong, and pursuit of dreams is almost like a taboo. For young dancers like them, WKCD has granted them with luxurious open space that can push them one step forward to actualise their dreams! Can WKCD eventually reverse Hong Kong from a “cultural desert” to a place that encourages pursuit of dreams?
Playground for our Furry Friends!
We all know that our furry friends love lawn! However, there is lack of grassy area in HK; many parks or gardens are essentially covered by concrete because it is cheaper to maintain. Many lawns in parks are fenced up, often designed just for the sake of ornament. WKCD is very generous with providing the public with grassy area, which acts like a large piece of soft mat at the edge of the harsh cityscape. Apart from the general public, seems like our furry friends are also enjoying the fresh, moist and soft grassy playground!
A place that nurtures Life.
WKCD is packed with carefully-selected trees, which has turned the concrete ground into an oasis. Though the ecology in WKCD is constructed by man, it seems that the nature is accepting and taking in this piece of “Third Nature” and has been gradually evolving it into a sustainable ecosystem. This cute little mushroom is the evidence of life! And the birds on that mango tree look like a pair of arguing couple……
What is WKCD to me?
As a landscape architecture student, I believe open public space is the best medium to communicate with the public and the nature. Through well-established park designs and operation, it can effectively create positive atmosphere by blurring the harshness and coolness of the urban area, which can nurture and educate public subtly of the importance of the greenery. Moreover, when a park is carefully articulated, the nature would indeed respond to it by blending the constructed ecology into a genuine ecosystem; which I believe is the most satisfying moment of working in the industry of landscape architecture. Although WKCD is still in the stage of establishment, the park has already been serving different sectors, including the wildlife. To me, WKCD would be more than merely an open space for art and culture, but also a piece of successful landscape architecture that brings nature back to the city.