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Since ancient Roman times, the term FORUM has referred to public spaces for assemblies, speeches, and entertainment. Modern day FORA exist as places where ideas and views on a particular issue can be exchanged. Dysrhythmia is a proposal for a political forum in Hong Kong, a vibrant container dedicated to all forms of political discussion in the Special Administrative Region of 'One Country, Two Systems'.
This proposal samples the cornice. Cornices are used for framing and edge definition on traditional facades. Here, its normative use is amplified and the cornice is transformed into a tool for guidance and spatio-curatorial hierarchy within the forum. As the sample asserts itself around the primitive, it creates tensions between interiority and exteriority by conditioning a mesmerising experience. These tensions are further intensified by articulating the cornice as a continuously flowing artefact that disrupts the traditional rhythm of arches on the facade.
Both sample and primitive are combined into a Dysrhythmic construct with an allegorical interpretation of authority and freedom. The arches, as archetypes of strength and power, represent Hong Kong’s government while the sample’s playful interruptions symbolise democracy, transparency and freedom of expression. The selected typology of a Public Forum will benefit from the spatial attributes of the sampled cornice as it impresses upon users a desire for exploration and social engagement. Situated in the cultural centre of Hong Kong's Central Area, Dysrhythmia serves as a socio-political crux for the exchange of initiatives, ideas and interests of the citizens.