Fall 2012 Public Lecture Series – In_Form – Jeffrey Hou

Fall 2012 Public Lecture Series – In_Form – Jeffrey Hou
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Speaker: Jeffrey Hou

Introduction: Melissa Cate Christ

Lecture Title: Messy Urbanism: Bottom-Up Placemaking

Dense, vibrant, hybrid, and dynamic are words often used to characterize the aura and ambience of cities outside North America. From street vendors in Bangkok and Mumbai and night markets in Taipei and Hong Kong to the overlay of informal urban life and historic spatial hierarchy in Seoul and Tokyo, the fabric in these cities are clearly distinct from their Modernist counterparts. Seemingly messy and chaotic, the landscapes of city life created through activities at the border of institutional domains exude a peculiar order that escapes the predominant theorization of cities and urbanism in the past century. As a result, many of these places continue to be threatened with development and planning practices that fail to recognize the significance of such dynamic urban fabric. What can be learned from the spatial and cultural practices that underlie making of bottom-up places? Is Messy Urbanism a relevant discourse to design and planning?

Bio of speaker:

Jeffrey Hou is Associate Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture and co-founder of the Center for Asian Urbanism at the University of Washington, Seattle. His work focuses on community design, design activism, placemaking by marginalized social groups, and contemporary urbanism in Asia. Hou is the editor of a forthcoming book Transcultural Cities: Border-Crossing and Placemaking (2013). His edited book Insurgent Public Space: Guerrilla Urbanism and the Remaking of Contemporary Cities (2010) received the 2012 Great Places Award. Hou received his PhD and M.Arch from University of California, Berkeley, MLA from University of Pennsylvania, and B.Arch from Cooper Union.


Additional Information:

CPD Credit Hours and AIA CES Learning Unit Hours are offered to members of the HKIA and the AIA.

This lectures is open to the general public.

The Fall 2012 Public Lecture Series are co-sponsored by “Ronald Lu & Partners (HK) Ltd.” & “Woo, Chow, Wong & Partners (HK) Ltd.” visiting lectureship in architecture.