A rapidly urbanizing world calls for both humanistic and technological approaches to designing the 21st-century city. Now in its fifth year, the 2018 Human Cities "Public Space Bootcamp" will take place in Hong Kong, with the theme "Retaking the Commons: Public Space, Public Participation." Open to undergraduate and graduate students from all backgrounds and nationalities.
Jointly organized by Stanford University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Hong Kong faculty and Urban Land Institute leaders. Their efforts are supported by the Tsinghua University Department of Construction Management and the Academy of Art and Design, and the Hong Kong Design Institute.
Theme: "Retaking the Commons: Public Spaces, Public Participation"
Workshop participants will explore public spaces in Hong Kong and consider how communities themselves can be better incorporated into efforts to enhance quality of life in urban environments. In contrast to traditional development approaches that are top-down, driven by government or real estate developers, are there ways that citizens can be included in the process? How do we account for a community's hopes, needs, aspirations and diverse lifestyles? What are the prospects for engaging our citizenry in a more meaningful way, for co-creation and responsive design, or for long-term stewardship of "the commons"?
Participants will learn from local community organizations, meet with practitioners in public space design, urban planning, and civic advocacy, and strive to understand people’s behaviors and interactions within the city. Through field work, discussion seminars and expert panels, each team will collect stories centered on a key theme, and then use these stories to highlight opportunities with diverse urban user groups. Students will also practice ethical approaches to sustainable community development, using frameworks that are inclusive, participatory, and strive to benefit human communities.
September 17-19, 2018
Open to undergraduate and graduate students from all backgrounds and nationalities.
Kevin Hsu (Stanford University), Hendrik Tieben (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Tiffany Lau (Urban Land Institute)
Cecilia Chu (HKU)
Ying Zhou (HKU)
Kady Wong (HKDI)