Are you interested in architecture and design, and its impact on the world?
On Tuesday 30 July 2019, State Library of Queensland, in partnership with The University of Queensland's School of Architecture, hosted Maggie Ma from Domat Architecture.
About the speaker
Maggie Ma has been practising architecture on both commercial and community projects for 10 years. Her specialty is humanitarian design and socially sustainable design strategies. Since 2010, she has been implementing community projects in rural China including several international award-wining projects. In 2013, Maggie and Mark Kingsley set up DOMAT community & architecture, a not-for-profit architectural practice to realise architectural projects in social context through research, design and implementation in Hong Kong and China.
To date, DOMAT has completed a rural school and a recycling facility in Guizhou and is working with several Hong Kong underprivileged communities, including improving the living conditions in sub-divided homes, building up community spaces in cooperative housing and revitalising areas subjected to urban renewal development.
About the talk
Hong Kong is widely reported as the most unaffordable city in the world to live in. Although roughly 30 percent of the population lives in subsidised public rental housing, there is a great need for more options for affordable private housing for lower-income people. Subdivided homes are an example of an undesirable "solution" that appears in the city as a direct response to the laissez-faire housing market and its demand.
Maggie Ma will share Domat's works for people living with limited means, including modifications to subdivided homes and new social housing developments in Hong Kong. Due to constraints of the projects, options for design are often limited, as well as being morally debatable. At the same time, can we ignore the situation, or say it is not our responsibility as an architect?
2019 UQ international architecture lecture series is a partnership between State Library of Queensland and The University of Queensland’s School of Architecture.