SYMPOSIUM

Public spaces represent an important social infrastructure that facilitates interaction and empathy, community networking and civic engagement.
As a result of the pursuit of economic development and the morphological characteristics of the territory, public space in Hong Kong has become a marginal and secondary element of the city’s structure.

Due to the lack of a comprehensive vision among different Government Department, the city has many underutilised spaces that in fact could represent an opportunity to provide new accessible places for sustainable development. Cities are now starting to look at the potentiality of these undesignated spaces within the urban fabric, residual areas such as back alleys, buffer zones, and vacant land.

UrbanactionsHK symposium aims to promote a critical debate about innovative ideas for revitalising public spaces, promoting a comparative discussion of urban practices and urban regeneration strategies.

Symposium Poster

PROGRAM
22 May 2017, Exhibition Zone F
School of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

10.00 WELCOME
Prof. Francesco Rossini
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

10.15 – 12.30 MORNING SESSION
Prof. Peter Ferretto

The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Prof. Ruth Equipaje
University of Santo Thomas, Philippines
Prof. Thomas Chung
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Prof. Margaret Crawford
University of California Berkeley, USA

12.30 – 13.30 LUNCH BREAK

13.30 – 16.00 AFTERNOON SESSION
Prof. Filipe Afonso

The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Alfonso Femia
Co-Founder of 5+1AA Agenzia di Architettura, Genova, Italy
Fermin Vazquez
Founder of b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos, Barcelona, Spain)
Prof. Weiping Wu
GSAPP, Columbia University, New York, USA

16.00 – 17.00 CLOSING DISCUSSION
Prof. Peter Ferretto, Moderator

17.00 – 18.00 WORKSHOP INTRODUCTION
Prof. Francesco Rossini

19.00 DINNER RECEPTION

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