Umbrella Movement

Hong Kong ,2014

During the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong for two and a half months major thoroughfares were occupied by protesters. While this was not the main intention, or motivation, the occupied streets became a de facto experiment in radically different uses and meanings of public space. In a city where public spaces are highly controlled, functional and commodified, the occupied streets became places of extreme freedom, serendipity and gratuity. The Umbrella Movement is an exceptional event, and yet, transgressive uses of city streets occur at all times and places. What and how can we learn from them?

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