The Bearable Lightness of Being
(Hong Kong,Smartgeometry 2014)
Klaas De Rycke
The Bearable Lightness of Being takes its origin in the reflection upon several items; the context of Hong Kong’s urbanity and history, parametric design and open systems, flexible lightweight structures, and Chinese tradition. The goal of the cluster was to design and construct a hyper-flexible, super light-weight and multi-optimised pavilion, through the use of state-of-the-art planning tools as Karamba and Octopus.The idea of a floating design is based on the tradition of the lit up sky lanterns, an ancient Chinese tradition allegedly originated from Kongming, who is said to have used a message written on a sky lantern to summon help on an occasion when he was surrounded by enemy troops. This cluster is also sending a message; using the city as a platform of events and bringing people together, in a more poetic way countering the hyperindividual through the tactics of events. The modern urbanite is a space in- and e- vader. He does not work out top down solutions but works with and from within the system. The modern urbanite uses the event of being together.