The 14th Stratagem: Raise a corpse from the dead

Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world. It is not rare to see an aged building next
to a new building. And some of the buildings are getting aged, but it does not mean those buildings need to be demolished and rebuilt, as they are already bound to the society and the culture. If we demolish those aged buildings, we are not physically destroying the building only, we are also destroying the culture of the city. In this situation, maybe renovation of buildings is a good option. Renewing those aged buildings and extending their life is just like extending the diary of the culture for our children. Just like the stratagem 14 in the 36 stratagems of the Chinese, “Raise a Corpse from the Dead”, which takes an institution, a technology, a method, or even an ideology that has been forgotten or discarded and appropriate it for your own purpose. It is an idea to revive something from the past by giving it a new purpose, bringing an old idea, custom or tradition to life, and reinterpreting them to fit your purposes.


  • Title: Transmigrate
  • Creator: IP Vaan

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