Buildings and Borders in Asia 17th to 20th Centuries

Buildings and Borders in Asia 17th to 20th Centuries
08-Apr-2022 - 09-Apr-2022
9:45 am - 4:00 pm
To be held virtually via Zoom
2022 Graduate Student Symposium
Department of Architecture

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Buildings and Borders in Asia
17th to 20th Centuries

Borders, like architecture, are physical and conceptual constructs that encompass a range of political, social, cultural, religious, economic and environmental implications across time. This two-day HKU research postgraduate student symposium is organized around the oscillations between material form and immaterial abstraction that borders and architecture often comprise. Seemingly fixed and stable for certain periods, fluid and immaterial at others, borders have long shaped politics, societies, economies, religions, environments and cultures in Asia. Buildings have been active if underexamined participants in these processes.

Keynote Speakers

Teddy Cruz is a Professor of Public Culture and Urbanism in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego.

Fonna Forman is a Professor of Political Theory at the University of California, San Diego and Founding Director of the UCSD Center on Global Justice.

Anoma Pieris is a Professor of Architecture at the Melbourne School of Design, The University of Melbourne, Australia.


Kehao Chen, Tongji University

Anthony Ho-fai Li, The University of Hong Kong

Cassandra Ying Xian Luk, University of Coimbra

Francisco Garcia Moro, Polytechnic University of Madrid

Bradley O’Dell, The University of Hong Kong

Putrikinasih Ririh Santoso, The University of Hong Kong

Yan Wan, The University of Hong Kong

Zihao Wong, National University of Singapore

Tianyi Zhang, Macau University of Science and Technology


  • All times are in HKT (GMT+8)
Friday April 8  

09:45-10:15 Welcoming Remarks

Keynote Lecture:
Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman
Unwalling Citizenship
Discussant: Joshua Bolchover
Keynote Lecture | Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman

11:30-13:00 Panel 1: Making Borders Natural

Bradley O’Dell
Political Borders Influence Ecological Dynamics: Three Case Studies

Zihao Wong
(Re)drawing Wet Borders: An Architecture of Care for a Fragile Landscape

Francisco Garcia Moro
Wood Architecture in the Border Towns of Thailand and Myanmar: A Study of Vernacular Construction Practices in Umphang and Pho Phra Districts in Tak Province

Discussant: Xiaoxuan Lu

13:00 Day 1 Closing Remarks

Saturday April 9  

10:00-11:30 Panel 2: Liminal and Fluid Borders

Kehao Chen
Tung Wo Market, or When The Sha Tau Kok River Bended

Yan Wan
Housing as Cross-Border Communities: A Case Study of Sheung Shui and Hubei

Anthony Ho-fai Li
Development of Urban Space at the Cold War’s Frontier: The Case of a Market Town in Colonial Hong Kong in the 1950s and 1970s

Discussant: Cecilia L. Chu

11:30-12:30 Lunch Break



Panel 3: Borders in Urban Spaces

Cassandra Ying Xian Luk
More than Space: Historic Embassy Architecture and the Axioms of Statecraft

Tianyi Zhang
A Study of the City walls of Macao based on Ancient Maps

Putrikinasih Ririh Santoso
de-fence-less: Acts of Terror and the Fences along Thamrin Road, Jakarta, Indonesia

Discussant: Tao Zhu

14:00-15:15 Keynote Lecture:

Anoma Pieris
Rethinking Sovereignty: Border Effects

Discussant: Eunice Seng
Keynote Lecture | Anoma Pieris 

15:30-16:00 Roundtable Discussion

16:00 Closing Remarks



Student Committee

Moyun Zhou, Wenxin Zeng, Xiaoxu Yan and Xiaoqing Liu

Faculty Advisors

Eunice Seng and Cecilia L. Chu