Category Archives: Urban Planning and Design

Students from Master of Urban Design program win the Third Prize and Merit in the Design Ideas Competition for Quarry Park and Rock Face

Third Prize: Liu Melissa Yuen Shan, Peng Jia, Chen Lansheng, Narkhede Kalpesh Dilip
Merit: Shen Yihua,  Howard Au, Zhang Yizhe, Teng Kai On,Jiang Muling, Cheung MeiYan

The competition entries were undertaken as the first exercise of the MUD studio this semester, supervised by Paul Chu, Laurence Liauw and Casey Wang.

Dr. Stefan Al and Natalia Echeverri coordinated the studio. The competition was organized by the Planning Department of Hong Kong to provide vision for the rock face of the Anderson Road Quarry and the proposed 17-hectare Quarry Park.

Three Books Launched

Building the Dragon City: History of the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong

This book celebrates 60 years of the founding of the Faculty of Architecture at HKU. The Faculty has grown over the years from a single Department to a multi-disciplinary Faculty including: Architecture; Landscape Architecture; Urban Planning and Design; Housing Management; Real Estate and Construction; and Architectural Conservation.

The development of the Faculty has paralleled the vibrant growth of Hong Kong, especially following World War II when it became clear that a new generation of first-rate architects and other building professionals were needed if Hong Kong was to adequately house its burgeoning population and develop into a world-class city. Hong Kong’s role as a global city has been fulfilled, and HKU Architecture graduates can take pride in having contributed significantly to the city’s dazzling skyline.

The history of the Faculty, Building the Dragon City: History of the Faculty of Architecture at The University of Hong Kong, makes it clear that the basic issues surrounding the education of building professionals have been vigorously debated for the last six decades and this has been reflected in the development of the Faculty.

Hour 25: Architectural Papers Vol. 1

Hour 25 is the first volume of the HKU Architecture Papers, a student-edited series of annual publications chronicling the design work of the Department of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. With an emphasis on process and critical reflection, the series provides a window into contemporary design education in Hong Kong.

Initiated and edited by a group of architecture students at the University of Hong Kong, Hour 25 creates a platform for architectural discourse through highlights of the year’s best student works, critical essays from staff, reviews of programming, and a chronicle of the Department of Architecture.

The 25th hour is a critical moment for architects: the space beyond the daily routine of 24 hours. It also exemplifies the struggle of architecture students: lack of sleep due to endless studio work. 24 hours a day is simply not sufficient.

In response to overwhelming media saturation in the architectural field, which tends the pursue fashionable images but often suffers from a poverty of content, The HKU Architecture Yearbook actively engages the readers’ critical thinking towards the built environment locally and globally. Supported by the Department of Architecture but initiated and edited by students, the Yearbook is an authentic production of the next generation of leaders in the field, and a valuable commentary to a year of vigorous engagement in architectural discourse.

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Factory Towns of South China: An Illustrated Guidebook 華南工廠城: 圖示旅遊書

Edited by Stefan Al; Contributing Editors: Paul Chu Hoi Shan, Alexander Giarlis, Claudia Juhre, Casey Wang

Most consumer products come primarily from the Pearl River Delta, the “factory of the world” with the largest industrial region on earth. The delta has attracted millions of poor rural residents to settle in factory towns in hopes for a better life. Factory Towns of South China opens a window on these walled compounds, exposing the gritty establishments, crowded dormitories and monotonous labor carried out by workers. Some function as self-contained cities, with their own fire brigade, hospital, bank, TV station and as many as half a million workers living within the compounds. Other factories are scattered in larger villages to mask their existence and evade governmental crackdowns on the production of fake consumer goods and illegal casino machines.

Contributors include David Bray, Minnie Chan, Jia-Ching Chen, Paul Chu Hoi Shan, Eli Friedman, Claudia Juhre, Laurence Liauw, Paul Lin, Ting Shi, Casey Wang, Rex Wong, and Chun Yang.

MUD student wins Merit Award in the Open Group of the International Ideas Competition

MUD student wins Merit Award in the Open Group of the International Ideas Competition

LAM Cheuk Wang, a student of the Master of Urban Design Program at the Department of Urban Planning and Urban Design was awarded with Merit in the Open Group of the International Ideas Competition for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge and Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities. His competition entry was undertaken as the first exercise of the MUD studio this semester, supervised by Assistant Professor Stefan Al, Director of the MUD program, and Paul Chu and Ian Foster.

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge: Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities International Design Ideas Competition was co-organized by the Highways Department with the Architectural Services Department, the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department, the Environmental Protection Department, The Hong Kong Institute of Architects, The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, The Hong Kong Institution of Highways and Transportation, The Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects and Hong Kong Institute of Planners to make the Boundary Crossing Facilities a new landmark for Hong Kong.

There were two groups in the competition – Professional and Open Groups with a total of 64 entries in the Open Group, and only 5 awards were given. Lam’s project, called “Urban Synthesis,” will be exhibited in the former Central Police Station, between May 15 and June 16 (10am-6pm).

Paavo Monkkonen wins the 3rd Aareal Award of Excellence in Real Estate Research 2010 for his PhD Thesis


Assistant Professor Paavo Monkkonen, from the Department of Urban Planning and Design, has just won the 3rd Aareal Award of Excellence in Real Estate Research 2010 for his PhD Thesis on “The Housing Transition in Mexico: Local Impacts of National Policy”. He received the Award in the 11th EBS Real Estate Congress at European Business School (EBS) that was held on the campus of the European Business School, EBS, in Oestrich-Winkel, Germany, on 26 February 2010. The Aareal Award of Excellence in Real Estate Research has been awarded since 2008 by the Real Estate Management Institute (REMI) of the European Business School (EBS) and Aareal Bank AG, Germany, in recognition of outstanding scientific research carried out in the field of real estate economics.