News and Events
September 17, Hung Fook Street, To Kwa Wan.
Transform community space with a carpet and a screen. Hung Fook Street in To Kwa Wan will be turned into an outdoor cinema for one evening at the Mid-Autumn Festival (17 September 2016, Thursday). Local residents and the general public are invited to enjoy movies made by local secondary school students about the neighbourhood, under the “full moon”, and re-imagine the public space of one of the oldest districts in Hong Kong, which might soon disappear due to urban redevelopment.
“Magic Carpet: Re-envisioning Community Space in To Kwa Wan" is initiated by the School of Architecture and the School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), as an outreach project combining the documentation of daily life, community engagement and urban design. From December 2015 to June 2016, the project team visited Heep Yunn School, a long-established secondary school in To Kwa Wan, and conducted a series of guided tours and video workshops with 26 teenage students. The guided tours, organised in collaboration with House of To Kwa Wan Stories (ToHome) and Caritas Community Centre - Kowloon, informed the students of the district’s history and current situation, such as urban redevelopment, sub-divided flats and rooftop settlements, and introduced them to ethnic minority groups living in the neighbourhood. The video workshops then equipped the students with skills for conducting video interviews with community members. Over the summer, the participating students left their classroom and interviewed people from all walks of life in To Kwa Wan, capturing their life stories, views on the district’s (re-)development, and ideas as to how the district could change for the better. The students are currently editing their videos to be shown at the "Magic Carpet" open cinema on 17 September.
The CUHK team has been researching To Kwa Wan’s community and urban environment since 2015. A mixed residential-industrial district in central Kowloon, To Kwa Wan has undergone drastic changes in recent years, due to urban renewal and major infrastructure projects (for example, the MTR’s Shatin to Central Link is expected to be opened in 2019). Despite its central location, To Kwa Wan is less developed than the other parts of Kowloon accessible by the MTR. Most residential dwellings in the area are mid-rises of 10 or fewer floors built in the mid-20th century. In a way, To Kwa Wan manages to retain its local qualities, with more affordable flats for senior citizens and ethnic minorities to live in.Back to top.
September 9, 2016.
MScUD graduate Hu Shang was chosen by by the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design (HKIUD) as the recipient of the Best Student Award 2016, presented by Peter Cookson Smith (Past President of HKIUD) and Stephen Tang (President of HKIUD).Back to top.
In 2012, the Chinese University of Hong Kong launched a new BSSC in Urban Studies and a new MSc in Urban Design program. Since then, both programs focus on the challenges and opportunities arising from the rapid urban transformation in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta; and aim to respond to the growing aspirations of local citizens to live in a healthier, more inspiring and socially just environment.
Similar to our UrbanLab+ partner programs, we organize teaching and research activities in a laboratory set-up. Central part of our approach is learning by organizing own community projects and public space interventions.
"Magic Tables" is such a project. Students collaborate with residents building tables, which encourage strangers to come together and interact. The project thus empowers students and residents to re-build their community spaces.Back to top.
September 10, 2016 at G/F, AIT Building, CUHK.
Time and again, Hong Kong has weathered many storms such as the Global Financial Crisis and come out alright. Do we let its future unfold or strive to make our city resilient? Simultaneously, a growing and ageing population, development pressure on natural resources and a genuine for quality of life, provide a canvas of limitations and opportunities that can impact our future.
This dialogue seeks your opinion to describe a new, shared vision for Hong Kong. Which direction should our economy follow? How can we adapt the built environment to cater for an ageing population and a lower carbon future? How can we better support our vulnerable communities? How can we better conserve our natural resources for our future generations?
This first workshop (Hong Kong Futures: a dialogue) is part and partial of a town and gown collaborative research between Arup and CUHK to envision a smart green resilient Hong Kong. The outputs will feed into the World Urban Campaign, a multi-stakeholder and international platform to formulate and implement the New Urban Agenda to be finalized at Habitat III.
Join us in the dialogue on the 10 September at CUHK to formulate the first vision for Hong Kong towards a smart green resilient future.Back to top.
September 16-18, 2015 at UCL Urban Laboratory, UK.
The M.Sc. in Urban Design Programme at CUHK participated in the
concluding symposium of the URBAN LAB+
network of urban laboratories, hosted by the UCL Urban Laboratory in London. The symposium offered a chance for a wide community of urban educators and practitioners to address how inter- and trans-disciplinary
learning can enhance global knowledge and address international issues in a world that is both rapidly urbanising and globalising. The CUHK team, together
with partners Technische Universit?t Berlin and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile within the Interdisciplinarity Cluster presented
recent work and conclusions in the project that started in 2012, along with talks from over thirty urban educators, researchers and practitioners
who work in a wide range of contexts worldwide.
The programme also included a launch event at the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture of the 5th issue of UCL Urban Lab's journal Urban Pamphleteer, guest edited by Paola Alfaro d’Alen?on (TUB), Ben Campkin (UCL), Rupali Gupte (KRVIA), Solam Mkhabela (WITS), Johannes Novy (Cardiff UNI) and Mika Savela (CUHK). The new issue also features a contribution from current PhD candidates Mika Savela and Mo Kar Him at the School of Architecture, CUHK.
As part of the European Unions's Erasmus Mundus Programme Action 3, the URBAN LAB+ project will end its current in November 2015, having successfully created a cooperative platform for various urban laboratories in selected higher education institutions in Europe, South Africa, Asia and Latin America.Back to top.
9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. August 29, 2015
AIT Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
In preparation of Habitat III (The United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development) to be held in Quito, Ecuador in 2016, the UN Habitat is organizing the World Urban Campaign. This campaign includes Urban Thinkers Campuses around the world to build consensus with stakeholders and civic society on a New Urban Agenda: What is the future we want? What is the city we need? What direction will global urban development take in the coming 20 years? And what shall guide governments, their partners, and the international community to prepare for a progressively urban future?
The objectives of the Hong Kong Urban Thinkers Campus is to better understand Hong Kong's challenges and the lessons for global urban development. Can we identify where we go wrong and find consensus on how to rectify the situation going forward? A number of themes have been identified for the campus: World city vs. Great city; Economy vs. liveability; Mainland integration; Public space in a dense city; Speculative vs. affordable housing and Land hegemony. Participants are invited to join talks, workshop discussions and sharing session during the full-day event.
Confirmed keynote speakers and participants will include Ian Brownlee (Master Plan Consultancy), Kenneth Chan (Hong Kong Public Space Initiative), Cecilia Chu (The University of Hong Kong), Mee Kam Ng (The Chinese University of Hong Kong), Hendrik Tieben (The Chinese University of Hong Kong), Ada Wong (Make a Difference), Edward Yiu (The Chinese University of Hong Kong) and Paul Zimmerman (Designing Hong Kong).
The event is organized by the Faculty of Social Science and the Institute of Future Cities at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as well as partnering education programs, departments, institutions and organzations.
- See the full program and more info on the dedicated EVENT WEBSITE.
- Register for free HERE (Deadline 10 August)
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Announced 30 June, 2015
Deadline 26 September, 2015.
The Cultural Association LOA (Laboratorio Oltre l’Architettura) and the Council of Architects of Naples, are organizing a Design Ideas Competition in Hong Kong SAR of the People’s Republic of China. The competition aims to develop strategies and design proposals to create a sustainable mixed-use district capable to integrate the new development into the existing context. Following the topic of the Word Expo Milano 2015 “Feeding the planet, Energy for Life” the competition will extend the original ideas of Shatin New Town, and ask how a sustainable new town could be planned in the 21st century.
In order to improve respective professionalism and increase the possibility of joint projects between the two regions, the competition will be open to mixed groups formed by Italian architects as well as architects and urban designers from Hong Kong, even though the Team Leader must be a registered architect in Italy. To participate fill out the appropriate form on the www.na.archiworld.it and publish the project on the Archilovers website.
Announcement of competition - 30 June 2015
End of Early bird registration - 27 July 2015
End of Late registration - 01 September 2015
Submission of Entries - 26 September 2015
Jury Decision - October 2015
Exhibition - November 2015
First prize: Euro 4000 and Certification Award + Round Trip flight to Hong Kong
Second prize: Euro 2000 and Certification Award
Third prize: Euro 1000 and Certification Award
Special prize for professionals registered at College of Neapolitan Architects: Euro 1000 and Certification Award
The organizer will exhibit the 10 best entries both at the School of Architecture CUHK and at National Council of Architects in Milan after the competition. The best projects will also be published online on the organizer's website as well the on the Archilovers platform and the competition partners' websites.Back to top.
April 23rd, 2015. School of Architecture, CUHK.
Photos from the final review of the MSc Urban Design programme at CUHK. Thanks to all students, our teachers Francesco Rossini and Nuno Soares and the visiting critics Margaret Chan (Strategic Planning), Peter Cookson Smith (President HKIUD), Barry Day (HOK) and Casey Wang (Gensler).Back to top.
March 31st, 2015. 14:30-16:00 Exhibition Zones D/E, AITB.
Everyday Urbanism is a concept intended to encourage architects and urban designers to “listen to the city before they tell it what to do.” Margaret Crawford and her co-editors, John Chase and John Kaliski, introduced this term in 1999. Their book defined it as a new attitude toward the urban environment, which is based on understanding ordinary human experiences. Challenging the formalism of architecture and the abstraction of planning, Everyday Urbanism is grounded in the specific activities, issues and opportunities that can be found in any urban locale. It is the product of the intricate social, political, economic, and aesthetic forces at work in the contemporary urban environment that serve as the basis for urban design.
Margaret Crawford is Professor of Architecture at UC Berkeley. She was previously a Professor at Harvard GSD and SCI-Arc. As a Fulbright Scholar, she is currently affiliated with CUHK. The lecture is organized as part of the course ARCH5731 Urban Design & Planning in the School of Architecture.Back to top.
January 12-23, 2015. School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore.
In January, the Urban Design programme participated in IFoU Winter School 2015 in Singapore. The joint design studio included background research, site analysis and design on the topic of Jurong Vison 2050 - one of the biggest challenges for future urban development in Singapore: The transformation of the Jurong West port area from an almost mono-functional, segregated and fragmented, highly polluted industrial area into a major catchment area for future population growth that integrates clean(ed) industrial plants with green lungs, attractive housing and vibrant urbanity for one million people.
Graduate students from different countries, states and universities worked together under the guidance of tutors, with programmes including team work, lectures, excursions, presentations, and debates, encourage cross-cultural communication and knowledge exchange on urban design. Not only academics, but also professionals and practitioners patricipated to take part as tutors, guest lecturers, and consultants.Back to top.
October, 2015. School of Architecture, CUHK.
The small exhibition was created as a travel diary using the photographs and individual experiences of students during a study trip to Taipei in October 2014. The collage of words and images expressing the collective vision of the students proved to be a positive experience. Future Urban Design field trips will also be documented with this exercise.Back to top.
December 16-20, 2014. School of Architecture and Institute of Future Cities, CUHK.
As part of the URBAN LAB+ project's international network of urban laboratories, the second meeting of the 'interdisciplinarity cluster' was organized in Hong Kong in Decemeber. The meeting, hosted by the M.Sc. in Urban Design programme at the School of Architecture, was attended by project partners from the Technische Universität Berlin, the XLab of Institute of Urban and Territorial Studies (IEUT) at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, as well as from the Centre for Urbanism and Built Environment Studies at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Focusing on the complex theme of urban inclusion / exclusion the five-day event included public lectures, poster presentations, study trips and working sessions that will contribute to the project's finalization during 2015. The public lectures day included talks from CUHK guest speakers Prof. Mee Kam Ng, Prof. Essy Baniassad, Prof. Paul O'Connor and Prof. Edward Yiu, providing multidisciplinary viewpoints to the thematic along with partner universities' case presentations. Study trips to Hong Kong's Western Districts and New Terriories included workshops hosted by locally working organizations CACHe and Tin Sau Bazaar.
URBAN LAB+ is a project supported by the European Union's Erastmus Mundus Action 3. The cluster meeting was organized by the School of Architecture, and co-organized by the Institute of Future Cities at CUHK. More photos of the event will uploaded to the Urban Design programme's Flickr site shortly.Back to top.
Check out the video recap of the Magic Carpet event held at the Tin Sau Bazaar in Tin Shui Wai last September. Find more info about the past event and the project on Magic Carpet website and Facebook page.Back to top.
December 16, 2014. 1/F Exhibition Zone F, School of Architecture.
The IN/EX event brings together scholars of various disciplines from Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin), Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PUC, Santiago), University of the Witwatersrand (WITS, Johannesburg), and The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), to explore such topics as urban inclusion and exclusion, land policies and spatial practices, community activism and interdisciplinary development.
The IN / EX Public Lectures are part of the URBAN LAB+ initiative, an Erasmus Mundus programme supported by the European Union. See the full programme and find out more about the Urban Lab+ Hong Kong Cluster Meeting here.Back to top.
November 22, 2014. The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Congratualations on behalf of everyone in the M.Sc. in Urban Design programme to the Graduating Class of 2014!Back to top.
November 9-15, 2014. Tin Sau Bazaar, Tin Shui Wai.
Opening Reception 8 November 2014, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
The exhibition Pop-up City, will turn Tung Wah Group of Hospitals (TWGHs) Tin Sau Bazaar into an open gallery of public space – for a week in November, where local residents and the general public can gather, interact and envision public life in an existing place in the new town.
Pop-up City is an ongoing photographic research project investigating public space. It is initiated by architect Luisa Bravo, president of City Space Architecture, Bologna, Italy. Together with Italian photographer Fabio Mantovani, Pop-up City documents suburban places in Bologna, usually with no identity and continuity with the historic environment. The photos intend to highlight existing places with a potential for public life, searching for an “ordinary magic” along everyday street spaces.
Bologna and Hong Kong share the same suburban reality, in a way that is not difficult to perceive: even if they are related to different geographical contexts and cultures, the two cities are dealing with living communities in new, large urban landscapes far away from the historic downtown district. The suburban world can be banal, sometimes ugly, not interesting, but full of life and can transform itself into an enchanting environment. People simply have to understand a new kind of urbanity, made of small, temporary, spontaneous and creative episodes of emotional exchange. A pop-up city is overlapping on the existing designed city. It is unexpected, unconventional and exciting. It is inexpensive and freely accessible to everyone. It creates vibrant energies, embedding life and aspirations. It changes your perception, but only if you are ready to embrace it.
Through staging Pop-up City @ Tin Shui Wai, the Magic Carpet project team and Tin Sau Bazaar hope to re-envision, activate, and transform the public space of the district, and thereby make the community more vibrant. In addition, the project aims to foster art and cultural exchange in Tin Shui Wai, where creative activities are scarce.Back to top.
Voice Connected - A Cappella Street Concert
November 9, 2014. Centre Street, Sai Ying Pun - 4:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Magic Tables is a design-build project and public event focusing on making a community space. Students from CUHK's BSSc in Urban Studies programme will be collaborating with residents of different streets in Sai Ying Pun to engage in a friendly competition to design and build tables that allow stronger social interaction in the district. In a participatory process the project empowers students and residents to re-design the urban street space and appropriate it for public use. The tables will be displayed on the sloping Centre Street as a street exhibition-cum-festival and the community will be invited to eat together at Magic Tables as a festive gathering.
On the same night 4:00-6:30 p.m. an outdoor A Cappella concert “Voice Connected” will take place with performers from Taiwan and Hong Kong!Magic Tables on Facebook
Project Initiator: Hendrik Tieben, Associate Professor
School of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
September 16, 2014.
MScUD graduate Ivan ZHANG Chi was chosen by by the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design (HKIUD) as the recipient of the Best Student Award 2014, presented by the new HKIUD President Dr. Peter Cookson Smith.
Ivan ZHANG Chi: "Building a Vibrant Waterfront in the Flooding Context of Tin Shui Wai" - a M.Sc. in Urban Design thesis project.Back to top.
September 8, 2014. Tin Sau Bazaar, Tin Shui Wai.
Workshop – 4:00-10:00 p.m. Moonlight Cinema – 6:30-10:00 p.m.
Transform community space with a carpet and a screen – TWGHs Tin Sau Bazaar will be turned into an outdoor cinema for one night at Mid-Autumn Festival (8 September 2014, Monday). While watching videos about the neighbourhood under the “full moon”, local residents and the general public are also changing the function of an open space collectively. (More info about the event on Facebook)
Magic Carpet: Tin Shui Wai is an outdoor screening of videos about different aspects of life in Tin Shui Wai told by local residents. While these life stories serve as important resources for Hong Kong’s oral histories, the outdoor cinema creates an opportunity for the residents and general public to gather and interact on Mid-Autumn Festival, and to envision how an open space can be used for community building. It was launched in 2013 in Sai Ying Pun, one of Hong Kong’s oldest districts, to a tremendous public response. (Watch the 3 min video on YouTube here).
Magic Carpet: Re-envisioning Community Space in Tin Shui Wai is a Knowledge Transfer Fund project at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. The event was organised by the School of Architecture, M.Sc. in Urban Design Programme and the School of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Special thanks to project partners Pui Shing Catholic Secondary School and TWGHs Tin Sau Bazaar.Back to top.
June 19-21, 2014 at the University of Calabria, Cosenza-Rende, Italy.
The M.Sc. in Urban Design Programme at CUHK participated in the mid-term symposium of the URBAN LAB+ network of urban laboratories, hosted by the University of Calabria in Cosenza-Rende, Italy. Concentrating on issues of "Practice Orientation" and the ethical responsibilities of designing urban environments, the symposium introduced issues ranging from locality and regional planning to immigration and integration found current today in the Southern Italian setting. The CUHK team (Prof. Hendrik Tieben, Prof. Kuei-Hsien Liao and Mika Savela from the School of Architecture and Prof. Edward Yiu from the Department of Geography and Resource Management) presented on the on-going work in the project, together with the "interdisciplinarity" working cluster partners from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile and the Technische Universität Berlin.
As part of the European Unions's Erasmus Mundus Programme Action 3, the URBAN LAB+ project will run until the end of 2015, providing a cooperative platform for various urban laboratories in selected higher education institutions in Europe, South Africa, Asia and Latin America.Back to top.
June 4, 2014.
Published by the M.Sc. in Urban Design programme at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, REFLECTIONS Vol 2 / Issue 2 / June 2014 looks into the recent Urban Dialogue event series with quotes from guests speakers, as well as collected afterthoughts and reflections from the project. The bilingual issue (Chinese and English) concludes the Urban Dialogue project, supported by the Spotlight Taiwan Project, funded by the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan.
The latest 82-page issue of REFLECTIONS is edited by Janice Leung (CUHK) with Hendrik Tieben (CUHK) and Kang Min-jay (NTU).Back to top.
The The Urban Dialogue: Taipei × Hong Kong project has created a short video clip, highlighting the keypoints and the exchange that occured in the forums, workshops and film screenings from February to March 2014. (Watch the video above or on YouTube)Back to top.
Roundtable and Exhibition Opening Reception
March 24,2014. 5:30-7:30pm School of Archicture, CUHK.
Work from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Urban Design Studio in China 2013 titled "Macau: Cross-Border Cities" is exhibited at the School of Architecture. The exhibition opening will start off with a roundtable panel discussion event on the 24 March 2014, 5:30-7:00pm at the AITB Atrium (see event details here). For enquiries, please contact y enquiry, please Ms. Mandy Chan (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ms. Prudence Wong (email@example.com).
The discussion and exhibition is presented by professor Christopher Lee (Harvard GSD) and moderated by professor Colin Fournier (UCL / CUHK). Speakers include professor Francisco Pinheiro (Univ. of St. Joseph, Macau), professor Hendrik Tieben (CUHK), professor Nuno Soares (CUHK / Univ. of St. Joseph) and teaching fellow Simon Whittle (Harvard GSD).
The exhibition will run at the School of Architecture until 4 April 2014.Back to top.
March 11, 2014.
Published by the M.Sc. in Urban Design programme at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, REFLECTIONS Vol 2 / Issue 1 / March 2014 is titled RE-DO NEW TOWN: QUESTIONS FROM HUNG SHUI KIU. Concentrating on the currently developing district of Hung Shui Kiu in Hong Kong's New Territories, the 200-page book contains student work and projects, workshop results (IFoU Winter School 2013) and exhibition material (UABB*HK) as well as reflections and afterthoughts from a roster of international partners and scholars, including Im Sik Cho (NUS), Roberto Cavallo (TU Delft), Michela Turrin (TU Delft), Maurice Hartevelt (TU Delft), Arnd B?etzner (Univ. St. Gallen) and Vivienne Wang (IFoU General Director). Edited by Mika Savela and Hendrik Tieben.Back to top.
February 15 & 22, March 1, 2014.
Launched as a cultural exchange focusing on community building and urban design, “Urban Dialogue: Taipei × Hong Kong” comprises a series of forums, workshops and screenings, joined by social activists, filmmakers, artists, architects, educators, scholars, urban planners/designers and policymakers from the two cities.
Organized by the urban planning and design programs at National Taiwan University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the event series takes place on three consecutive Saturdays starting from 15th of February. “Urban Dialogue: Taipei × Hong Kong” is a Spotlight Taiwan Project funded by the Ministry of Culture (Taiwan), and a collateral Fringe Urbanism event at the 2013 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture (HK), with Dr. Samuel Yin as the Exclusive Sponsor of the event.
Find out more about the upcoming forums, workshops and film screenings:
- 15.02.2014 Re-envisioning Inner City Districts – Towards Community Benefit Plans
- 22.02.2014 Re-Envisioning Community Spaces – Film as a Means of Empowerment
- 01.03.2014 Re-Envisioning the Urban Edge – Self-Built Settlements and Arrival Cities
The events are free with online registering and more details at: www.taiwanculture-hk.org. Events are held in English and/or Mandarin.Back to top.
December 20, 2013 - February 28, 2014. Kwun Tong Ferry Pier, East Kowloon.
The M.Sc. in Urban Design program participates this year in the Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture on multiple fronts. The main exhibition opened on 20th of December at the Kwun Tong ferry pier.
The Magic Carpet project is shown in a new collaboration with the National Taiwan University. The exhibition, Magic Carpet: Re-Envisioning Community Spaces in Taipei and Hong Kong, showcases ongoing projects in two old inner-city districts (Wanhua and Sai Ying Pun) and two urban villages (Tod and Pokfulam Villages) in both cities. The mixed media exhibition will be linked with public roundtable discussions, workshops and video screening events. The projects are supported by a Spotlight Taiwan Fund of the Ministry of Culture Taiwan and a Knowledge Transfer Fund of the University Grants Council Hong Kong. (Exhibition G111)
Work from our Hung Shui Kiu themed events and studios is also presented at the exhibition Re-Do New Town: Hung Shui Kiu, accompanied by an upcoming publication in the program's REFLECTIONS series. Curated by Mika Savela and Hendrik Tieben, the exhibition and its related gathers edited ideas, discussions and questions surrounding an ongoing Hong Kong new town development, as well as various voices from the international scene. (Exhibition E220)
This year, the curatorial team of the biennale has also strong ties with our program: Chief Curator Colin Fournier,the Excecutive Curators Tat Lam and Travis Bunt from Urbanus, as well as Joshua Lau, are also involved in running the current and upcoming urban design studios at CUHK.
We welcome you to see our exhibitions and visit the biennale, running until the 28th February. In the meantime, see updates on events during the biennale on our website, Twitter and on the Magic Carpet project website and Facebook page.Back to top.
December 9-13, 2013. Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago.
As a member of the URBAN LAB+ (International Network of Urban Laboratories), the urban design team from CUHK took part in the 2013 cluster meeting in Santiago as part of the three-year collaboration project. Themed around interdisciplinary approaches to inclusive public spaces, the workshop provided a platform for presenting work and experiences from partners in the Technische Universität Berlin (TUB), the XLab of Institute of Urban and Territorial Studies (IEUT) at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (PUC), and the M.Sc. in Urban Design program at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. As results, the cluster will produce new joint projects and develop further collaborations between participants in the coming year.
The workshop also included visits to several ongoing neighborhood studies and projects in central Santiago, focusing on public space and communities amidst urban development and planning.
The CUHK team included Prof. Hendrik Tieben, Mo Kar Him and Mika Savela. A special thank you to PUC professors Roberto Moris and Felipe Link and workshop coordinator Carmen Catan, as well as to the whole team of partners, experts, guests, teachers and students.Back to top.
November 6, 2013. 4:00-6:00 pm. AIT Building, Exhibition Zones E-F.
Urban Design Talks series continues with the theme of Contemporary Urban Design in Europe. The speakers include prof. Dr.-Ing. Detlef Kurth (University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart, Germany) on "Urban Planning and Renegeneration Strategies in Europe", followed by architect Alfonso Femia (5+1 AA, Italy) on the "Relationship Between Territory City and Architecture".
The event will start with and introduction from Francesco Rossini (UPC Barcelona/CUHK) and both talks will be moderated by Prof. Hendrik Tieben (CUHK). Prof. Manfredo Manfredini (University of Auckland) will act as guest respondent.Back to top.
September 19, 2013.
The sloped Centre Street in Sai Ying Pun was transformed into an outdoor cinema for one night at the Mid-Autumn Festival (19 September 2013). While enjoying movies about the neighbourhood under the "full moon", community members and the general public were invited to re-imagine the public spaces of the district.
The event included other actitivies, such as a drawing competition, for all ages to re-envision the district's future. The event also celebrated the unique character of one of the oldest districts in Hong Kong, and aims further to cultivate a sense of belonging to Sai Ying Pun at a time of change.
The event was organised by the School of Architecture, M.Sc. in Urban Design Programme and the School of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, as part of the Magic Carpet research project with support from the Knowledge Transfer Fund, CUHK. Special thanks to project partners King's College and CACHe.Back to top.
May 24-28, 2013. Hong Kong.
Professor Darko Radović and his co+labo team of Keio University recently visited CUHK and Hong Kong for the fieldwork of an upcoming publication In the Search of Urban Intensities - Asia as part of an on-going research project Measuring the non-Measurable, conducted at IKI - International Keio Institute for Architecture and Urbanism.
Continuing its collaboration in the project, CUHK hosted the co+labo team in Hong Kong, where over the course of three days the teams explored various urban districts and conditions, reflecting the Situationist International derive as a method of charting urban intensities, environmental and cultural specifities as a way of describing the measurable and non-measurable qualities of cities.
The Keio team included professors Darko Radović and Davisi Boontharm with Tamao Hashimoto, Milica Muminović and Ken Akatsuka. The M.Sc. in Urban Design programme's team included professor Hendrik Tieben, Mo Kar Him and Mika Savela. CUHK's second team led by professor Thomas Chung included Cherry Wong, Della Cheung, Daniel Ho and Bill So.Back to top.
June 1, 2013. School of Architecture, CUHK
In discussion with distinguished guests from Switzerland and Hong Kong, Prof. Colin Fournier sought answers to questions on how urbanized societies can satisfy the increasing hunger for energy.
Speakers included Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard (DETEC), Prof. Colin Fournier (CUHK), Dr. Patrick Hofer-Noser (Cleantech Switzerland, Mayer Burger), Prof. Tsou Jin-Yeu (CUHK), Dr. Remo Lütolf (ABB Switzerland), Prof. Fung Tung (CUHK) and Mr. John W.M. Cheng (CLP, Secretary of World Energy Council)
Please download the full event poster here. Free admission with E-mail registration: manlokchan[at]cuhk.edu.hk. Please provide full name and affiliation.Back to top.
May 16-18, 2013. Rome, Italy.
Work from the 2012 Sai Ying Pun studio of the M.Sc. in Urban Design programme took part in the Biennial of Public Space 2013 in Rome, Italy. Prof. Hendrik Tieben presented experiences of the new programme in a roundtable event "Past present and future of public space" at the Faculty 'Architecture of Roma Tre, convened by Luisa Bravo (University of Bologna).
An coinciding article "Negotiating and Designing Public Space – Experiences with a new M.Sc. in Urban Design Program in Hong Kong" by Hendrik Tieben and Sujata Govada was published in journal IN_BO. Ricerche e progetti per il territorio, la citta e l'architettura, Vol. 4, n. 1 (2013). The article is viewable here.
The exhibited panels are available for download hereBack to top.
March 21-23, 2013 at the Technische Universität Berlin
The M.Sc. in Urban Design Programme at CUHK participated in the URBAN LAB+ inaugural symposium in Berlin as one of the partner urban laboratories in the project. As part of the European Unions's Erasmus Mundus Programme Action 3, the project will run until November 2015 and provides a cooperation platform between various Urban Laboratories from Europe as well as from South Africa, Asia and Latin America.
The three-day symposium included public presentations, internal workshop discussions, as well as talks from keynote speakers Jennifer Robinson (UCL), Dr. Uwe-Jens Walther(TUB) and Dr. Regine Schonenberg (FU Berlin). As one of the outcomes, CUHK will participate in a project cluster focusing on interdisciplinary approaches in urban design within the greater theme of urban inclusion and exclusion with the Urban Research and Design Laboratory at TU Berlin and Laboratory of Applied Urban Research (XLAB) at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.
In total, the project partners include urban laboratories in the following institutions: University College London, UK; Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland; Universita della Calabria, Italy; Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies, India and University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.
The CUHK team included Prof. Hendrik Tieben, Mo Kar Him and Mika Savela. Thank you to the coordinating body at U-Lab, Technische Universität Berlin and all the partners.Back to top.
January 20 – February 2, 2013 at The Chinese University of Hong Kong
The IFoU Winter School 2013 focused on the new town development area of Hung Shui Kiu. Initiated by The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in collaboration with the International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU), the workshop gathered viewpoints, visions and observations from a wide range of guests and speakers. Over the course of two weeks, some 120 students and mentors from the participating universities focused on issues ranging from village communities and sustainable design to regional strategies and new forms of urban development and transport. Field trips, site visits and guest lectures provided the participants insight into Hong Kong's past and future new town development as well as international cases and current topics.
Participating Universities were Beijing University of Technology (BJUT), The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Chonnam National University (CNU), Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), National University Singapore (NUS), National Taiwan University (NTU), Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), UPC Barcelona and Yaşar University. The Winter School was co-organized with the M.Sc. in Advanced Environmental Planning Technologies (AEPT) programme at CUHK.
A very special thank you to all participating mentors, speakers, guests and students and everyone who helped us making the IFoU Winter School 2013 such a great event. Further material and information is available on the the Winter School 2013 website.Back to top.
August 15-17, 2013.
The inter-university seminar on Asian megacities, “Asian Urbanism and Beyond”, is set for scholars around the globe to explore the nature, evolution and uniqueness of urbanization issues and processes in Asian mega-cities, especially surrounding the relevancy of theories developed in Western contexts in describing, explaining and prescribing urban phenomena in the diverse social, economic and political Asian contexts.
Organized by CUHK's Urban Studied Programme, Department of Geography & Reseource management and the Faculty of Social Science, the conference will include keynotes from Prof. Anne HAILA (University of Helsinki), Prof. Harry DIMITRIOU and Prof. Fulong WU (University College London), as well as Prof. Chaolin GU (Tsinghua University).
For details and registration, please see the conference website.Back to top.
October 20 - December 16, 2012. Guimarães, Portugal.
"Open Cinema" opened on October 20, 2012. It was designed by professor Colin Fournier as a temporary structure for the town of Guimarães in Portugal, European Cultural Capital of the year, as part of a collaboration with artist Marysia Lewandowska. The project is an hommage to the politically radical cinema culture championed by the local CineClube as well as to the town's manufacturing past. It is free to the public, encouraging social participation, generosity and openness, a spontaneous act of urbanity. It playfully offers an unusual cinematic experience to all those who are willing to 'dive into' this magic box suspended between the imaginary and the real, the projection and the body. There is a large screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio, a high-res data projector suspended from the ceiling and a 5.1 surround-sound "home cinema" speaker system. "Open Cinema" continuously screens a loop of 20 three minute long film trailers, including those of classics such as Frederico Fellini's Amarcord and La Dolce Vita, Orson Welles' Citizen Kane, Jean-Luc Godard's le Mépris, etc. The project was commissioned by Gabriela Vaz-Pinheiro, curator of ReaKt Views and Processes, an Art & Architecture programme consisting of 11 interventions in public spaces in and around the town.
Colin Fournier is currently a visiting professor in the M.Sc. in Urban Design programme at CUHK.Back to top.
November 04, 2012 at CACHE
Welcome to the CUHK Community Workshop in Sai Ying Pun! Continuing with the community forum, the School of Architecture CUHK in co-operation with the Conservancy Association Centre for Heritage are organizing a day of talks, presentantions and exchange of opinions.
The workshop starts at 9:30 a.m. with welcoming words from Mr. LAU Kwok Wai, Executive Director of CACHE and Dr. Sujata Govada, Adjunct Associate Professor at CUHK.
The following panel presentations (9:40 a.m.) include presentations the District Council, Katty Law (Convenor, Central and Western District) and the M.Sc. in Urban Design programme students. The street exhibition opens at 2:30 p.m. and a special movie screening will begin at 6:00 p.m.
The venue address: Annex Block, 36A Western St., Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong.Back to top.
October 25-29, 2012
In 2006, the announcement of the demolition of Star Ferry Pier triggered a wave of protests in Hong Kong. Citizens and activists demanded the preservation of local heritage and rights to participate in the city’s planning processes. Despite the growing bottom-up movement and first responses from the government, ideas of how to develop and implement community-based projects are often missing.
In contrast to the situation in Hong Kong, urban activism in Taipei began already two decades earlier and in the meantime a full range of projects have been realized. One example is the protection of the informal settlement “Treasure Hill” for its original residents by initiatives of activist and artists. In many cases, the academia played a key role in moderating the dialogue between residents and the authorities and developing research-based alternatives. Thus, Taipei offers inspiring examples for the realization of community-based projects which allow citizens to take ownership of their city.Lecture by Prof. Kang Min-Jay, at Graduate Institute of Building and Planning, NTU, and a guided tour in Dihua Street Regeneration Project by Hsu Yen-Hsing. Visit to Urban Regeneration Station (URS) 27W and city touring in different urban parks, initiated and managed by communities.
For the trip, we would like to express our special thanks to our IFoU partner at National Taiwan University, Prof. Kang Min-Jay, his two dedicated and helpful PhD students, Shih Sung-Yuan and Li Guan-Nian, and to Huang Li-Ling, Director of the Graduate Institute of Building and Planning, NTU.Back to top.
September 29, 2012 at CACHE
A community event organized by the School of Architecture CUHK in co-operation with the Conservancy Association Centre for Heritage.
The forum starts at 10:00 a.m. with welcoming words from Mr. LAU Kwok Wai, Executive Director of CACHE, moderated by Dr. Sujata Govada.
The following panel talk (10:15 a.m.) includes presentations from Laurence Yau (URA), Anny Tang (Planning Department), Wilfred Sze Wai Yueng (MTR) and Prof. Hendrik Tieben, the director of the M.Sc. in Urban Design Programme at CUHK. Discussion by the panelists and public begin at 11:30 a.m. and the street exhibition opens at 12:30 p.m. The venue address: Annex Block, 36A Western St., Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong.Back to top.
PLANNING WEEK September 24-29th, 2012
PLANNING CONFERENCE September 28th, 2012
The Planning Week, organized by the Hong Kong Institute of Planners (HKIP) offers talks, workshops, seminars and other happenings addressing community planning. The full planning week programme is available as a PDF here.
In addition, an urban planning exhibition, "A Better City", will launch at the newly opened City Gallery on September 24th.
On September 28th, the City Gallery will also host the HKIP conference on community planning "Public Engagement in the Planning Process", with a broad range of local and international speakers. Find more information on the conference programme and registration in the conference flyer.Back to top.
June 30 – July 13, 2012 at Beijing University of Technology
In context of Beijing’s massive extension of its mass transit system the IFoU Summer School 2012 focused on arising challenges and opportunities. The Summer School was initiated by Beijing University of Technology (BJUT) in collaboration with the International Forum on Urbanism (ifou.org). Participating Universities were Beijing University of Technology (BJUT), Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Chonnam National University (CNU), Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and National Taiwan University (NTU).
The team led by the Professors Kang Minjay (NTU), Zhang Fan (BJUT) and Hendrik Tieben (CUHK) focused on the condition and use of urban spaces in the Tianqiao District using filming and public screening to investigate the life in the district and engage with local residents.
Thanks to Prof. Dai Jian, Xiaoxi Hui and the entire BJUT team. For films see: http://weibo.com/login.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fweibo.com%2Fu%2F2876498435Back to top.
May 31 – June 11, 2012
Urban Design in the Cascadian Region (Prof. Hendrik Tieben)
This year's study trip focused on Urban Guidelines & Design in the Cascadian Region. The three Cascadian cities Portland, Seattle and Vancouver have been pioneers for sustainable urban design since more than three decades. Their urban guidelines and policies were copied in many places of the world (especially in the Middle East and Asia. Some of these re-adaptations have created questionable results. However, the originals remain important references which should be studied in their original context.
Thanks to our kind hosts: AP Hurd, Jeff Hou, and Gundula Proksch at University of Washington, as well as Matt Hanna, Gerry Johnson, Steven Pearce, and Peter Steinbrueck in Seattle; and Nancy Cheung and Hajo Neis at University of Oregon in Portland.Back to top.
March 31st, 2012
The aim of the international conference is to showcase the importance of urban design to drive city vision and to be integrated with public policy in shaping a more sustainable development of Hong Kong and cities in the region. The conference theme is "Urban Design as Public Policy" and eminent international and regional speakers will be invited to share their experiences of other cities with local experts as respondents towards framing urban design policy for Hong Kong.Back to top.
March 19th, 2012
Architect Colin Ward, a partner at Foster + Partners and professor Hendrik Tieben from the School of Architecture, showcased their current projects and research, including international case studies of Urban design guidelines, the West Kowloon Cultural District project, Kai Tak developments, among others. The symposium was convened by Prof. Marisa Yiu and moderated by Prof. Mee Kam Ng.Back to top.
March 9th, 2012
The new programme kicked off at an international symposium hosted by the School of Architecture, CUHK. Speakers included Peter Rowe (Harvard GSD), Ernest Chui (HKU) Colin Fournier (Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL), Zhang Qi (Tianjin University), Chen Yi-xin (Shenzhen Municipality), Raymond Wong (Planning Department, HKSAR) and architect, eco master planner Robert Powell.Back to top.