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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).

You can find the electronic version of the issue as well as other MSCUDxCUHK publications at the programme's Issuu account. A printed edition will be shortly available.

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May 25,2014.

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)

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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 (manlokchan@cuhk.edu.hk) or Ms. Prudence Wong (prudencewong@cuhk.edu.hk).

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.

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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 Bäetzner (Univ. St. Gallen) and Vivienne Wang (IFoU General Director). Edited by Mika Savela and Hendrik Tieben.

You can find the latest issue of REFLECTIONS as well as other MSCUDxCUHK publications at the programme's Issuu account.

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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:

The events are free with online registering and more details at: www.taiwanculture-hk.org. Events are held in English and/or Mandarin.

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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.

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December 9-13, 2013. Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago.

As a member of the URBAN LAB+ (Internationa 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.

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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.

(Please download the full event posters for both talks as PDF here)

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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.

See more current info and photos of the even on the Magic Carpet website and on Flickr. Find latest updates on Facebook.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 here

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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.

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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.

For more photos and comments, see the Winter School's Facebook group, or MSc UD @ Flickr.

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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.

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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.

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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.

(click here for full event flyer)

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October 25-29, 2012

Treasure Hill Island

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.

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September 29, 2012 at CACHE

SYP Community Forum 2012

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.

(click here for full event flyer)

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PLANNING WEEK September 24-29th, 2012
PLANNING CONFERENCE September 28th, 2012

HKIP Planning Week 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.

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June 30 – July 13, 2012 at Beijing University of Technology

Film Screening in Tiengiao

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%2F2876498435

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May 31 – June 11, 2012

Urban Design in the Cascadian Region (Prof. Hendrik Tieben)

MArch + Urban Design Study Trip 2012 - Portland MArch + Urban Design Study Trip 2012 - Seattle MArch + Urban Design Study Trip 2012 - Vancouver

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.

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March 31st, 2012

HKIUD Conference 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.

Programme and registration details on HKIUD website.

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March 19th, 2012

The Present and Future of Hong Kong Urban Planning<br>and Design Guidelines

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.

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March 9th, 2012

Sustainable Communities Future New Towns for Hong Kong Symposium

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.

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