HOUR 25 is the first volume of the HKU Architecture Papers, a student-edited series of annual publications chronicling the design work of the Department of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. A production milestone, HOUR 25 demonstrates cutting-edge application of unique, unparalleled printing and binding technology. Each page is die-cut, using a step-and-repeat engineering process to exhibit an 8-minute interval—with each 8-minute timeframe featured on a spread, 360 pages chronicle the demanding 24-hour design process in an architectural workshop, while providing a window into contemporary design education.With an emphasis on process and critical reflection, the series provides a window into contemporary design education in Hong Kong.
Initiated and edited by a group of architecture students at the University of Hong Kong, HOUR 25 creates a platform for architectural discourse through highlights of the year’s best student works, critical essays from staff, reviews of programming, and a chronicle of the department’s work.
The 25th hour is a critical moment for architects: the space beyond the daily routine of 24 hours. It also exemplifies the struggle of architecture students: lack of sleep due to endless studio work. 24 hours a day is simply not sufficient.
In response to overwhelming media saturation in the architectural field, which tends the pursue fashionable images but often suffers from a poverty of content, HOUR 25 actively engages the readers’ critical thinking towards the built environment locally and globally. Supported by the Department of Architecture but initiated and edited by students, HOUR 25 is an authentic production of the next generation of leaders in the field, and a valuable commentary to a year of vigorous engagement in architectural discourse.