UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE

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

Readings:

Chan, A. K. C., Macfarlane, D. J., Cerin, E., Wong, K. S. K., Ng, C. H. F., & Ho, D. C. W. (2010). Reliability and validity of a new building environmental quality questionnaire. Indoor and Built Environment, 19(6), 599-611. https://doi.org/10.1177/1420326×10378800

Heshiki, Y., Dissanayake, T., Zheng, T., Kang, K., Ni, Y., Xu, Z., Sarkar, C., Woo, P. C. Y., Chow, B. K. C., Baker, D., Yan, A., Webster, C. J., Panagiotou, G., & Li, J. (2017). Toward a metagenomic understanding on the bacterial composition and resistome in Hong Kong banknotes. Front Microbiol, 8, 632. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2017.00632

Kang, K., Ni, Y., Li, J., Imamovic, L., Sarkar, C., Kobler, M. D., Heshiki, Y., Zheng, T., Kumari, S., Wong, J. C. Y., Archna, A., Wong, C. W. M., Dingle, C., Denizen, S., Baker, D. M., Sommer, M. O. A., Webster, C. J., & Panagiotou, G. (2018). The environmental exposures and inner- and intercity traffic flows of the metro system may contribute to the skin microbiome and resistome. Cell Reports, 24(5), 1190-1202.e5. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.celrep.2018.06.109

Li, Y., Yu, I. T. S., Xu, P., Lee, J. H. W., Wong, T. W., Ooi, P. L., & Sleigh, A. C. (2004). Predicting super spreading events during the 2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome epidemics in Hong Kong and Singapore. American Journal of Epidemiology, 160(8), 719-728. https://doi.org/10.1093/aje/kwh273

Mu, X., Yeh, A. G.-O., & Zhang, X. (2020). The interplay of spatial spread of COVID-19 and human mobility in the urban system of China during the Chinese New Year. Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science, 0(0), 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1177/2399808320954211

Tian, H., Liu, Y., Li, Y., Wu, C.-H., Chen, B., Kraemer, M. U. G., Li, B., Cai, J., Xu, B., Yang, Q., Wang, B., Yang, P., Cui, Y., Song, Y., Zheng, P., Wang, Q., Bjornstad, O. N., Yang, R., Grenfell, B. T., Pybus, O. G., & Dye, C. (2020). An investigation of transmission control measures during the first 50 days of the COVID-19 epidemic in China. Science, 368(6491), 638-642. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.abb6105

Zhou, J., Li, Y., & Yang, Y. (2018). Familiar strangers: Visualising potential metro encounters in Beijing. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 50(2), 262-265. https://doi.org/10.1177/0308518×17745874

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