04 Microbial

Director/Producer: Tom COZENS
Music: Tom COZENS
Script: Tom COZENS and Professor Chris WEBSTER

Executive Producers: Professor Chris WEBSTER and Dr Eric SCHULDENFREI
Assistant Producer: Alex TAIT
Production Assistant: Winnie YEUNG
Editor: Nick BRIER

Academic Contributors: Dr Chinmoy SARKAR and Professor Chris WEBSTER
Actors: Doris LEUNG Suk Fong, Dr Guibo SUN and Yi SUN

Modern urban planning emerged at the start of the 20th century as a vital public health intervention in environmentally and socially disfigured industrial cities. A century later, faced with a new set of public health threats, our science of healthy cities is more sophisticated. Like the microbial ecology of the human gut, each city and even each metro line has its own urban microbiome. Will urban microbial ecology mapping turn out to be a 21st century equivalent to John Snow’s pioneering cholera maps of mid-19th century London? How will we design the cities of the future to become more pandemic resilient and wire them up to monitor their microbial health?

Chris Webster, HKU, 2021

Featured Location: Pak Wai Flower

Featured Project: Microbiome – Built Environment Project by Healthy High Density Cities Lab

Featured HKUrbanLabs:

Healthy High Density Cities Lab (tracking Hong Kong’s urban microbiome)
Sustainable High Density Cities Lab


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