RPG Symposium Call for Papers

[Abstract Submission Deadline Extended] 2022 Department of Architecture Graduate Student Symposium — Call for Papers

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 year’s 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, society, economies, religions, environments and cultures in Asia. Buildings have been active if underexamined participants in these processes.

We invite papers that aim to expand our historical understanding of architecture’s relationship to the conceptualization and construction of borders between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries in Asia. We particularly encourage submissions that present topics and disciplinary perspectives ranging from architectural history and theory to urban history, development, and conservation to landscape studies. Potential topics may engage in questions related to nation and identity, empire and imperialism, immigrants and mobility, class and hierarchy, gender, climate, as well as translation and localism. Distinctly architectural inquiries related to type, materiality, aesthetics, structure, and design methods that may have informed broader territorial, cultural, religious, and geopolitical conditions are also welcome.


Important Dates

31 JAN 2022

Abstract Submission Deadline

Early FEB 2022

Acceptance Notification

8-9 APR 2022

Symposium via Zoom

 

Applicants are encouraged to submit a 250-word abstract and one page CV by the deadline to the following email address: gssarchhku@gmail.com. Successful applicants are encouraged to submit an up to 1500 words paper which will only be circulated in your assigned panel for discussion. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Wenxin Zeng, wzeng04@connect.hku.hk. We look forward to your abstracts!

Environments and Space Reading Group

Environments and Space Reading Group

  • Researching space: ethnography as methods

  • Spatializing power: ecological imaginations of the city

  • Gendered spaces and critical practices

  • Heritage Futures

  • More-than-human Anthropocene 


The Environments and Space Reading Group aims to foster interdisciplinary discussion among young scholars interested in spatial practices and the production of the built environment. In spring 2022, the group proposes a series of topics, each pairing a set of “classic” writings on space with a contemporary case study. Proposed topics seek to engage with emergent concerns in the study of the built environment, focusing on Asia, such as eco-cities development, environmental conservation, gendered and everyday spaces, heritage futures, and the potential and biases of different methodological approaches. The reading group hopes to create a comfortable sharing and learning platform for attracting students and faculty across the university with interest in the built environment, including, but not limited to, those in architecture, landscape, planning, geography, anthropology, and cultural studies.

Readings will be sent to participants in advance. In each meeting, a member of the reading group will begin the discussion with a short summary of the selected readings, pick up key terms and pose questions. This will be followed by discussions among all attendees.


Environments and Space Reading Group is supported by the Built Heritage Research Collaborative Lab, Department of Landscape Architecture, and the Faculty of Architecture. We are welcoming faculty members and students from different disciplines to join us and hold discussions on several interesting topics this coming semester.

 
The first reading discussion Researching space: ethnography as methods will be held f2f at 3:00pm on Jan. 9th, 2022. If you would like to attend the event, please RSVP by emailing WANG Ting sarahwin@connect.hku.hk  

MSc(Conservation) Admission Talk

Register for the admission talk https://hku.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEpceGgrDIqHtYv6f0kKw_250ZGBrm4KEid
Time: Dec 18, 2021, 16:00-17:00 HKT
Zoom Meeting ID: 954 6882 9042
Passcode: 267690


We are excited to announce that we are re-launching the Master of Science in Conservation programme and we are now accepting applications for the 2022 intake! If you would like to know more about our new programme, register now for our online admission talk on December 18th at 4 pm.

About MSc(Cons)

The Master of Science in Conservation equips graduates with the technical competencies and intellectual skills required to guide decision-making in conservation planning, management and design in the 21st century.

The programme emphasizes the integration of sustainability in conservation training, which enables graduates to address the growing risks and challenges to built heritage conservation, including climate change, disasters, and various pressures from urbanization, gentrification and tourism development. Through a combination of dedicated seminars, studios and elective courses, students will gain theoretical and practical insights into the latest policies, methodologies and best practices and apply their knowledge to real-life projects.

With its internationally recognized expertise in planning, architecture and building construction, the Faculty of Architecture at HKU provides an ideal interdisciplinary setting for educating well-rounded conservation professionals and future heritage leaders.

Programme highlights

  • Learn about the latest heritage policies, legal frameworks and methodologies for built heritage conservation.
  • Choose from one of the two streams of specialization: Conservation Planning and Management; and Design for Conservation.
  • Gain insights into different types of heritage schemes in Hong Kong, Greater China and the Southeast Asian region.
  • Acquire practical experience through individual and team-based studio projects.
  • Develop communication skills to advocate conservation for local communities and engage with multiple stakeholders.
  • Travel to an outstanding heritage site in the region.

Graduates may take up professional positions in governments, NGOs, architectural and planning practices as well as heritage consultancies in Hong Kong, Mainland China and beyond. They may also pursue further studies in the MPhil and PhD programmes at HKU and other reputable universities around the world.

For more information, please visit: https://www.arch.hku.hk/programmes/conservation/master-of-science-in-conservation/

Apply by: 12:00 noon (GMT +8), March 1, 2022

Register for the admission talk https://hku.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEpceGgrDIqHtYv6f0kKw_250ZGBrm4KEid
Time: Dec 18, 2021, 16:00-17:00 HKT
Zoom Meeting ID: 954 6882 9042
Passcode: 267690

Anthony YEH

Our 40th Anniversary Event Series is launched in celebration of the establishment of the Centre of Urban Studies and Urban Planning (CUSUP) in 1980 and its subsequent development to become the Department of Urban Planning and Design (DUPAD) at the University of Hong Kong.

A webinar will be held virtually via Zoom on 18 December 2021 (Saturday), 10:00-11:15 AM (GMT+8).

Please be ready 5 minutes prior to the scheduled time.
*Pre-registration required, zoom link will be provided upon successful registration.

Registration: https://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail.aspx?guest=Y&ueid=79571

 

With Case Studies (in alphabetic order)

AI for Future Cities
by Dr. Jun MA

Modelling the Future of New Towns
by Dr. Tianren YANG

Understanding Individual Mobility Patterns Using Spatiotemporal Data Mining
by Dr. Zhan ZHAO

Genetic Algorithm and Optimal Resource Allocation in Cities
by Dr. Yulun ZHOU


Abstract
How can smart cities become smarter? This Webinar is to discuss how can we make cities to be smarter with big data and urban analytics. It will begin with an overview of the development of smart cities and the use of big data and urban analytics to make cities to be more intelligent and smarter. It will then be followed by a few case studies on the applications of urban analytics in smart cities.

 

– ALL INTERESTED ARE WELCOME –

Enquiries: 3917 2721

DEPARTMENT OF URBAN PLANNING AND DESIGN

THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG

HKU Landscape Architecture Open House

HKU Landscape Architecture Open House

Register now for HKU Landscape Architecture Open House on December 11th! We are opening our doors to welcome everyone to visit us in person! Join our guided tour to see outstanding design works from our MLA, PDLA and BALS students and meet with our teachers and alumni face-to-face. Moreover, we are opening applications for our two new MSc programs, so you can get to know more about their initiatives at the event as well.

Scan the QR code or click HERE to register now!

Zhi LIU & Wenjing LI

Please note that this NURSS Seminar will be held virtually via Zoom at the normal time [23 December 2021 (Thu), 13:00 p.m.]
Link to join this Zoom Meeting: https://hku.zoom.us/j/95681368177
Meeting ID: 956 8136 8177

Please be ready 5 minutes prior to the scheduled time.


Abstract
Taming the rapidly rising housing prices in China’s major cities has been a challenging task of the central and municipal governments. In 2016, the central government decentralized the responsibility for housing price control to the city level and allowed cities to implement various control measures suitable for the localities. Using the data from the 35 major cities for 10 years, we carried out a post-evaluation study to assess if the policy is effective. Our preliminary results provide empirical evidence that the policy is effective in controlling the housing prices in the cities where the housing prices were high and growing at the beginning of the policy implementation.

Language: English

About the Speaker
Dr. Zhi Liu is Senior Fellow and Director, China and Asia Program, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and Director, Peking University – Lincoln Institute Center for Urban Development and Land Policy. He serves as a member of the Expert Committee for Housing and Real Estate, Ministry of Housing and Urban & Rural Development, China. He is co-editor of International Housing Market Experience and Implications for China (Routledge 2019) and Infrastructure Economic and Policy: International Perspectives (Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2021).

Wenjing Li received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is currently a Policy Analyst at the Peking University-Lincoln Institute Center for Urban Development and Land Policy. She specializes in public economics, urban economics and housing policy analysis.

~~ ALL INTERESTED ARE WELCOME ~~

Enquiries: 3917 2721
CENTRE OF URBAN STUDIES AND URBAN PLANNING
THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG

Hong Kong 2030+: Towards a Planning Vision and Strategy Transcending 2030

Ivan CHUNG Man-kit, JP

Our 40th Anniversary Event Series is launched in celebration of the establishment of the Centre of Urban Studies and Urban Planning (CUSUP) in 1980 and its subsequent development to become the Department of Urban Planning and Design (DUPAD) at the University of Hong Kong.

An Alumni Sharing Session will be held virtually via Zoom on 9 December 2021 (Thursday), 12:00-13:00 (GMT+8).

Please login 15 minutes before the session starts.
*Pre-registration required, zoom link will be provided upon successful registration.

Registration: https://bit.ly/3r6cPNx


Host & Moderator
Prof. Bo-sin TANG

Professor, Department of Urban Planning and Design, The University of Hong Kong
Director, Centre of Urban Studies and Urban Planning, The University of Hong Kong

Prof. Shenjing HE
Head of Department and Professor,
Department of Urban Planning and Design, The University of Hong Kong

Abstract
Hong Kong 2030+ sets out the territorial spatial development strategy for the city beyond 2030, with recommendations on sources of supply underpinned by a spatial planning framework.  It also demonstrates the Government’s staunch commitment to responding to the needs and aspirations of the society and fostering inclusive growth, while capitalising on the opportunities brought by the National 14th Five-year Plan and the Outline Development Plan for the Greater Bay Area.  Hong Kong 2030+ has formulated a conceptual spatial framework for the future development of Hong Kong, showing a close-knit network of two metropolises (i.e. the Harbour Metropolis and the Northern Metropolis) and two development axes (i.e. Western Economic Corridor and Eastern Knowledge and Technology Corridor).  Such a conceptual spatial framework will help achieve agglomeration of economic activities for better synergy, offer opportunities for retrofitting the dense urban core and bring jobs closer to homes.

About the Speaker
Mr. Chung is a professional town planner and a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Planners. He has been working in the Government for over 30 years, mainly in district and strategic planning, major development projects, and different planning and engineering studies.

– ALL INTERESTED ARE WELCOME –

Enquiries: 3917 2721
DEPARTMENT OF URBAN PLANNING AND DESIGN
THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG

20211126_RPG_Wan Chen

Chen WAN

Please note that this RPG Seminar will be held virtually via Zoom at the normal time [26 November 2021 (Friday), 13:00 p.m.]

Please be ready 5 minutes prior to the scheduled time.

Abstract
The link between knowledge production and urban form has attracted much academic and policy attention. Specifically, place-based policies such as technological development zones, university towns, and knowledge districts have been implemented to shape knowledge production in Chinese cities. Despite many fruitful analyses, limited attention has been paid to mapping and assessing the impacts of these place-based policies on knowledge production at the intra-city level. This study therefore aims to explore the patterns and processes of such impacts in Chinese cities. It will first provide a fine-scale mapping of knowledge production based on geocoded patent and publication data. The study subsequently models how built environment factors in general and abovementioned place-based policies in particular are associated with knowledge production. Lastly, it will explore the socioeconomic impacts of knowledge districts or ‘zones’ such as housing prices. Empirical results will inform planning and urban development policies for the knowledge economy.

About the Speaker
Mr. Chen WAN is a third-year PhD student in the Department of Uban Planning and Design at the University of Hong Kong. He obtained his Master’s degree in Geographical Information Science from the Wuhan University. His research interests include urban geography and spatial data analysis.

~~ ALL INTERESTED ARE WELCOME ~~
Enquiries: 3917 2721
CENTRE OF URBAN STUDIES AND URBAN PLANNING
THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG

Department of Urban Planning and Design – TPG Admission Talk

Admission Talk
(Zoom and face-to-face)

Master of Science in Urban Planning Programme
Master of Urban Design Programme
Master of Housing Management Programme
Master of Science in Urban Analytics Programme
Master of Science in Urban Design and Transport Programme

Interested applicants can join the Department’s Admissions Talk to be held on 4 December 2021 (Saturday) at 10:00 am (HKT) in Room 730, 7/F., Knowles Building, The University of Hong Kong and via online Zoom at the same time. For registration to attend the admission talk, please register:  https://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail.aspx?guest=Y&ueid=79139  on or before 1 December 2021 (Wednesday).

HKU Real Estate and Construction Executive Talks Series

ZOOM: https://hku.zoom.us/j/93356736274

The Talk
The Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEx) has just completed a public consultation about a proposed listing framework for Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPAC).  With reference to the recent acquisition of WeWork through SPAC vehicles, two veteran financial experts, Prof. Patrick Kwok of HKU, and Mr. Claudius Tsang of A SPAC (Holdings) Ltd., will share their views on a question posted to them, which is the same as the topic of this talk, “Could HK SPAC be considered as a vehicle for merging with a real estate company or investment fund possessing a portfolio of rental income properties?”

About the speaker

Prof. Patrick Kwok, Adjunct Professor, Department of Real Estate and Construction, HKU
BSc (London); MSc (CUL); PgDS (HKU); ACIB; FRICS

Prof. Kwok is an Adjunct Professor of the Department of Real Estate and Construction, HKU. He has worked in the international banking field for more than a decade with postings in London, Chicago, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore as well as Hong Kong. He has over 30 years of experience in the finance and business management areas which include responsibilities in the corporate investment, finance and treasury and project tender and land acquisition activities whilst serving as a board member of a leading local real estate developer, also with involvement in group re-organisation, privatisation proposals and corporate acquisitions. Prof. Kwok is also a board member of a company managing a leading publicly listed REIT, and had previously been a Part-time Lecturer for the MBA programme of HKU.

Mr. Claudius Tsang, CEO, A SPAC (Holdings) Group Corp.
BEng (CUHK), LLB (Tsinghua), MBA (Chicago Booth), CFA

Mr. Claudius Tsang is CEO and Chairman of Model Performance Acquisition Corp., and CEO of A SPAC (Holdings) Group Corp.  He has over 20 years of experience in capital markets, with a strong track record of success in private equity, M&A transactions and PIPE investments with a focus on Greater China and other emerging markets. Mr. Tsang was co-head of private equity, North Asia of Templeton Asset Management Ltd and a partner of Templeton Private Equity Partners, a leading global emerging markets private equity firm that is part of Franklin Templeton Investments. His role encompassed overseeing the analysis and evaluation of opportunities for strategic equity investment in Asia, including China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Mr. Tsang has served as a director of the CFA Society of Hong Kong from 2013 to 2021.

Organizers

Department of Real Estate and Construction