Spring 2013 Housing Symposium – 2020: Housing China

Spring 2013 Housing Symposium – 2020: Housing China
10-May-2013 - 11-May-2013
1:30 pm - 6:30 pm

2020 Housing ChinaChina’s urban population will increase in the next twenty years from about 50 % at present to almost 70% by 2030. With an estimated 300 million people moving to the city by 2020, China will change from a rural into an urban society. This transformation will influence the environment and habitation patterns of almost a quarter of the nation’s population. This rapid urbanization will not only have a significant impact on material resources, the society and the environment, it will also initiate the most prominent housing laboratory in human history challenging designers, planners and builders alike.

As a socio-political microcosm, Hong Kong has been dealing with the impacts of hyper-dense urban environments since the mid-twentieth century.  During the past three decades the city has been also an active player in the development of China’s housing through various public and private initiatives. The essential questions are: What are the models at hand and is Hong Kong the right model for China? What are the alternative options and how can we make a difference through critical review and proposition?

The housing symposium entitled ” 2020: Housing China ” will explore issues related to these questions with a focus on housing typology, urban models, and their social and urban implications. Invited architects and scholars from Hong Kong, China, Asia and Europe will review and present collective housing developments within a historical and contextual framework.  The symposium will provide a platform for shaping discourses and propositions on how architecture can be spatially and socially proactive by maintaining sustainable and innovative living environments for China in the 21st century.







Panel 1: Perspectives | Contexts 透視| 語境

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10 May 2013, 13:30 – 18:30

William S.W. Lim 林少偉 – Professor, Singapore

Huang Yi-ru 黃一如– Professor, Tongi University, Shanghai

Gu Daqing 顧大慶– Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Carolin Fong Suet Yuen 方雪原 – Director, Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers (HK) Ltd, Hong Kong

John Ng 伍灼宜 – Former Chief Architect, Hong Kong Housing Authority, Hong Kong

Panel 2: Density | Scale | Typology 密度| 尺度| 類型

11 May 2013, 9:30 – 13:30

Dietmar Eberle – Professor, ETH Zurich, Faculty of Architecture; Shareholder, Baumschlager Eberle Group, Lochau Austria

Li Xinggang 李興鋼 – Chief Architect, China Architecture Design and Research Institute, Beijing

Meng Yan 孟岩 – Principal, Urbanus, Shenzhen

Keiichiro Sako 迫慶一郎 – Principal, SAKO Architects, Tokyo / Beijing


Panel 3: Urban Housing | Housing the City 都市安居| 居都市

11 May 2013, 14:30 – 18:30

Winy Maas – Professor Delft University; Principal MVRDV, Rotterdam

Dong Yi 董屹 – Partner, DC Alliance, Shanghai

Khoo Peng Beng 邱彬銘– Partner, Arc Studio. Architecture + Urbanism, Singapore

Qian Yuan 錢源 – Director, Vanke Wanchuang Design Management Center


Exhibition 2020: Housing China

10-20 May 2013 @ KK Leung Concourse

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****All interested are welcome****


This event is in conjunction with the symposium on 2-3 May “Construction and Housing in the 21st Century” by the HKU Department of Real Estate & Construction.