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Story of the Month - April 2017

Story of the Month - April 2017

 

Urban Thinkers Campus 2.0

 

By Elton Chan

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The Urban Thinkers Campus is an initiative of the World Urban Campaign (WUC), an advocacy and partnership platform coordinated by the United Nations Human Settlement Programmes (UN-Habitat), to allow its many partners and networks around the world to raise awareness in developing sustainable cities. This year WUC has approved 74 Urban Thinkers Campuses around the world including the one organised by the Urban Studies Programme (URSP) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) on 1 April 2017. This was the second time CUHK organised an Urban Thinkers Campus, and the focus of this Urban Thinkers Campus 2.0 (UTC2.0) was “Global Vision, Local Action: Aligning Hong Kong’s 2030+ with the UN New Urban Agenda”.

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Story of the Month - February 2017

Story of the Month - February 2017

 

Seto Inland Sea 

 

By Elton CHAN

 

Last month, I went to Japan for a week-long holiday. The highlight of the trip was my visit to Naoshima and Teshima, two small islands in the Seto Inland Sea—the large body of water between three of the four main islands of Japan: Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu. Like many designers and architects, Naoshima and Teshima have been on the top of my bucket list since my days as an architecture student. Therefore, it was great to finally visit the art museums designed by the famous Japanese architects Tadao Ando and Ryue Nishizawa. 

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Story of the Month - January 2017

Story of the Month - January 2017

 

Christmas/New Year Holiday Trip to Taiwan

 

By Jiageng ZHU

 

Happy New Year of 2017! Some of our team members launched their short-haul trips around the Christmas/New Year and Chinese New Year holidays. So our January and February “Story of the Month” sessions will provide a platform to share some of the travel experiences, first of my trip to Taiwan, followed by Elton’s journey around the Seto Inland Sea, Japan. Hope you will enjoy our “limited-time travel blog”!

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Story of the Month - December 2016

Story of the Month - December 2016

 

10th Conference of the Pacific Rim Community Design Network: Agency and Resilience

 

By Elton CHAN

 

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The Urban Studies Programme of the Chinese University of Hong Kong successfully organized and hosted the 10th Conference of the Pacific Rim Community Design Network at CUHK on 15-17 December 2016. Nine previous conferences with different themes were held in various countries across the Pacific Rim, and the theme for the 10th conference was "Agency and Resilience". In face of the recent social, economic and environmental problems, the Conference aimed to facilitate a constructive dialogue on how resilient urban planning and design could lead to spatial justice and human flourishing. We were extremely pleased to have welcomed more than 100 scholars and practitioners from 13 countries across the Pacific Rim to take part in two full days of stimulating presentations and discussions, followed by technical tours to Energising Kowloon East in Kwun Tong and the Viva Blue House in Wan Chai.

 

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Story of the Month - November 2016

Story of the Month - November 2016

 

Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP)—56th Annual Conference, 3-6 November 2016, Portland, Oregon

 

By Mee Kam NG

 

I attended the 56th Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning last November for a very important reason: to celebrate my mentor, Professor John Friedmann's 90th birthday with his many other students from different parts of the world. To celebrate his fruitful and meaningful long life, we put together a book and organised a roundtable session surrounding five themes that John Friedmann has made significant contributions. In case you do not know John Friedmann, also called the Pope of Planning (but he is not a believer), his career has spanned more than half a century over which time his contribution has become a major thread of debate in planning and urban theory on topics ranging from regional development, the good society, planning pedagogy, radical action and more recently, Chinese urbanization. The roundtable used reflections and insights from the edited book Insurgencies and Revolutions (Rangan et al 2016), to discuss and debate the ongoing relevance of Friedmann's work for thinking about planning as a vocation today.

 

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Story of the Month - October 2016

Story of the Month - October 2016

 

Shaping our Urban Future: Youth, Habitat III and the New Urban Agenda

 

By Sharon Lo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

 

 

Youth @ Habitat III Video
Source: UN Major Group for Children and Youth

 

On 17-20 October 2016, the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) was held in Quito, Ecuador. Held every 20 years, this forum is convened by the United Nations to reinvigorate the global political commitment to the sustainable development of towns, cities and other human settlements, and occurs out of a two-year-long process of preparatory, thematic and regional meetings. The outcome document, the New Urban Agenda, provides a global strategy with which to shape the urbanisation process for the coming two decades, and will mobilise governments and local authorities worldwide to invest resources and manpower into the thoughtful planning, design and sustainable development of urban spaces. 

 

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Story of the Month - September 2016

Story of the Month - September 2016

 

"Hong Kong Futures: a dialogue" workshop

 

As the first step of our collaborative research with Arup to envision a smart green resilient Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Futures workshop was successfully held on 10th September 2016 at CUHK. In spite of the rainy weather on that day, a large group of participants from different occupations and generations gathered at the AIT Building, home of CUHK’s architecture school, to join the dialogue and share their knowledge and vision of Hong Kong futures. 

 

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Story of the Month - August 2016

Story of the Month - August 2016

 

CUHK-University of Manchester field trip in Hong Kong: a photo journey

Before the end of summer, a delegation from the University of Manchester visited IOFC to collaborate with CCPG and the Urban Studies Programme on a project related to ‘planning for sustainable neighbourhood change’. Before we had a full-day workshop on 31 August on various topics related to this theme, the two parties joined an ambitious field trip on 30 August visiting various parts of the territory.

 

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Story of the Month - July 2016

Story of the Month - July 2016

 

Kim Shin Lane Site Visits and Interviews

Following some survey work done at Kim Shin Lane earlier this year, Prof. Mee Kam Ng and RA Ross Cheung led the research team to visit the site in this summer and get in touch with some local residents to solicit their opinions about its future development. Kim Shin Lane, a narrow scavenging lane, and two long rows of buildings along the lane together form a unique urban landscape in the area of Cheung Sha Wan. Since its completion in 1959 amidst the postwar boom of construction, KSL has witnessed the rise and fall of Hong Kong’s textile industry in this district. After over half a century, these physically deteriorating buildings are now dwarfed by its increasingly vertically-redeveloped neighbourhood.

 

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