TRANSFER: Diffusions and Mobilities in the Built Landscapes of Asia and beyond

TRANSFER: Diffusions and Mobilities in the Built Landscapes of Asia and beyond
31-May-2019 - 01-Jun-2019
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Room 715 & Room 730, Knowles Building, Pokfulam Road, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
TRANSFER: Diffusions and Mobilities in the Built Landscapes of Asia and beyond
Giovanna BORASI, Jiat Hwee CHANG, Kelly SHANNON

Graduate Students Conference,
The University of Hong Kong
31st May – 1st June



Organizing committee:
Ting Wang, Diego Javier Caro, Sben Korsh, Charles Lai

Faculty advisers:
Cecilia Chu, Eunice Seng

Keynote speakers:
Giovanna Borasi Chief Curator, Canadian Centre for Architecture

Jiat-Hwee Chang Associate Professor National University of Singapore

Kelly Shannon Associate Professor, University of Leuven (Belgium)

While modernity has been widely perceived as a universal phenomenon that encompasses different localities in Asia, the forms of cities and urban landscapes have been shaped and reshaped by specific histories, shifting geopolitics, and more recently growing collective concerns over ecology and sustainability. By analyzing the exchange and transfer of knowledge of built environment disciplines, this conference aims to interrogate the roles of the agents and institutions involved in the production of built landscapes in Asia and beyond.

This conference pulls together graduate students from architecture, landscape architecture, anthropology, and the arts to gathering under the subject of diffusions and mobilities of transference in the built landscape. The focus of these investigations include buildings, landscapes, infrastructures, city plans, construction sites and ecological engineering.


Xiaolei Cai, City University of Hong Kong

Diego Caro, University of Hong Kong

Luxi Chen, Southeast University

Zuoyi Chen, Nanzan University

Yuanye Deng, Tongji University / MIT School of Architecture

Takanari Fujita, University of Toronto

Justin Hui, Architect and Independent Scholar

Alex Karsavin, Art Institute of Chicago

Rina Priyani, University of California, Berkeley

Ian Tan, University of Hong Kong

Sim Hinman Wan, University of Illinois, Chicago

Ting Wang, University of Hong Kong

Hongyan Yang, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Joy Zhu, Tai Kwun Contemporary



9:30 – 10:00   KB719

10:00 – 10:20   KB715

10:20 – 11:50   KB715
PANEL 1: Building Cultures, Constructing Identity
Discussant: Eunice Seng)
Rina Priyani, Hongyan Yang, Takanari Fujita


13:30 – 14:30   KB730 
KEYNOTE 1  – We Won’t Be the Same After This Conversation…Well, At Least We Shouldn’t Be
Giovanna Borasi

14:45 – 16:15   KB715
PANEL 2: Urban Governmentalities in Knowledge Production (Discussant: Ying Zhou)
Yuanye Deng, Joy Zhu & Alex Karsavin, Ting Wang

16:30 – 18:00   KB715
PANEL 3: Shifting Geographies of Power: One Belt One Road (Discussant: Max Hirsh)
Diego Caro, Xiaolei Cai, Justin Hui

18:15 – 19:15   KB730
KEYNOTE 2Designing Territories of Resistance: Coproducing Urbanism in Vietnam
Kelly Shannon


9:00 – 9:10   KB715

9:10 – 11:00   KB715
PANEL 4 Vernacular Forms, Colonial Histories
(Discussant: Cecilia Chu)
Ian Tan, Luxi Chen, Zuoyi Chen, Sim Hinman Wan

11:15 – 12:15   KB730
KEYNOTE 3Transferring, Translating and Transforming Air-Conditioning Complexes: Histories of Sociotechnical and Built environmental Hybridities in Singapore and Doha
Jiat Hwee Chang

12:15 -13:00   KB730
CLOSING ROUNDTABLE – Situating Knowledge in Mobility
Jiat Hwee Chang & Giovanna Borasi & Kelly Shannon
Ian Tan & Diego Caro & Wang Ting

16:00  – Excursion Market Landscape: Walking between Central and the Planet
Sben Korsh & Maxime Decaudin

All are welcome! No registration needed.

The conference is funded by Faculty of Architecture and the Department of Architecture in the University of Hong Kong, and the Postgraduate Students Conference/Seminar Grant of the Research Grants Council, Hong Kong.