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《家在街:香港自建社區》是一個關於深水埗通州街天橋底自建社區的設計研究,通過設計學生黃思琪(Louise Wong)從2014至2016兩年間進行的實地考察、記錄和分享無家者自建社區生活。研究目的是為打破大眾對「無家可歸」的種種假設及把焦點轉移到自建者的製作上。本書由李欣琪博士、黃志恆及徐巧詩合編,書中收錄了自建社區的研究相集、11種不同類型的自建居所、50多種生活模式,還有來自都市理論和社會學學者Liesbeth Huybrechts和Will Davis的文章,與港中文大學社會工作學系副教授黃洪訪談,嘗試從不同觀點啟發大家思考街道和城市戶外空間的新可能性,重新認識香港「自建社羣」生活的獨創性格。

這個設計研究的記錄、過程中與自建者和香港市民演繹在街頭居住可能性工作坊的模型,將於2018年4月28日至5月2日於深水埗大南街的合舍展出,並在五一勞動節當天舉辦《家在街:香港自建社區》新書發佈會。誠邀各界對於此項目有興趣的朋友前來,參與於5月1日下午舉辦的自建社區遊和分享會, 分享大家對香港自建社區創意的想法。


《家在街:香港自建社區》- 展覽

展期: 2018年4月28日 (星期六) – 5月2日 (星期三)

開放時間: 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm (星期一休息)

地點: 合舍 (九龍深水埗大南街186號地下)


《家在街:香港自建社區》- 新書發佈及分享會

日期: 2018年5月1日 (星期二)

時間: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (2:30pm 開始深水埗自建社區遊) 

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm 計劃簡介

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm 深水埗自建社區遊

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm  新書發佈及分享會

地點: 合舍 (九龍深水埗大南街186號地下)


關於《家在街:香港自建社區》計劃和新書內容、傳媒訪問或參加新書發佈會、深水埗自建社區遊,歡迎電郵info@enable.org.hk 查詢。


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“The countless small actions of unknown people that lie at the roots of those great moments”, Noam Chomsky (2012) 

 《Home Street Home: Hong Kong’s Self-build Communities 》was a two-year intensive engagement design study conducted by Louise Wong, with residents living in Sham Shui Po, one of the Hong Kong slum districts. Instead of analysing the social situation of the homeless community with the aim of developing design solutions to solve the ‘problem’,  the study is reframed around the ingenious ‘design’ skills of self-builders. 

‘Homeless’ is a word used to describe a person without a home and typically living on the streets. However, that a person is ‘living on the streets’ does not mean that they do not have a home. It all depends on the different definitions of home. In this case, there should be multiple versions between traditional forms of home to homeless, and we believe self-builders are those who can create alternative forms of dwellings. The book shares result from types of Self-build Homes (stories of 11 households ) and Patterns of Living ; A photo journey of the matter distributed throughout the book with the aim of giving readers an overall feeling of the real situation while reading its analysis. 

We also included other scholars to enrich the wider context of the study. Will Davis refers to Rudovsky’s 1964 exhibition ‘Architecture Without Architects’ and Jacobs’ advocacy of respect for residents’ ingenuity in living in poor urban areas. Here he also points out that this study aims to break down assumptions associated with ‘homelessness’ and focus on the creativity of self-builders. Dr Liesbeth Huybrechts brings the discussion to a different scale by looking at the role of self-builders’ communities in the design of our cities. From an urban theorist to a sociologist, the next chapter is the transcript of a conversation with Dr Wong Hung, an associate professor in the Social Work Department of CUHK. Here he gives readers the local context including the political and cultural background of the homelessness situation in Hong Kong. Finally, our intention for the book is to suggest an open-ended study. Rather than forming any judgement, our goal is that readers make their interpretations, and create new visions of homelessness


"Home Street Home: Hong Kong's Self-Build Communities."  

Author by Lousie Wong ; Co-edited by Yanki Lee, Sara Wong & Ire Tsui.

With contributions from Liesbeth Huybrechts and Will Davis; an interview with Wong Hung. 

Book Design by Hato (www.hato.co)

Illustration: Tianju Duan

Published by Enable Foundation Limited (www.enable.org.hk) 

Supported by HKDI DESIS Lab @ Hong Kong Design Institute & Design Trust Seed Grant 2016 & Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

Book Launch + Exhibition

From 28 April to 2 May 2018, we are preparing a new book launch event with the exhibition, showcasing the results from the study at Form Society, Tai Nan Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon. Feel free to join us on the 1st May 2018 afternoon, our new book launching event, with Local Self-build Tour starting from 2:30 pm. 

《Home Street Home: Hong Kong’s Self-build Communities 》- Exhibition

Date : 28 April to 2 May 2018   1 pm – 7 pm ( Closed on Monday )

Venue: Form Society, G/F, 186 Tai Nan St, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon

《Home Street Home: Hong Kong’s Self-build Communities 》New Book Launch + Local Tour

Date : 1 May 2018    2:30 pm - 5pm 

2:30pm - 3 pm Project Introduction 

3:00pm - 4 pm Local Self-build Tour 

4pm - 5pm New Book Launch & Sharing

For more information about the Home Street Home project and publication, please contact info@enable.org.hk.