08 Heart

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 Contributor: Mathew PRYOR
Actors: Daniel CHAN, Professor Shenjing HE and daughter, Doris LEUNG Suk Fong and Yi SUN

What will it take for the green spaces in cities to become the focus of new or re-discovered forms of community life? To become eco-systems for more sustainable social and environmental capital formation? Technology, design, laws, microclimate and behavioural-conventions are the current constraints on realising the dream of rooftop farming and gardens. Can these constraints be reconfigured to create vast amounts of new social space in existing and new cities? What reconfiguration might turn existing urban parks into more socially productive spaces? Could the many degraded local and micro parks in cities around the world revert to community agricultural spaces, as is happening in some places? Could large-scale commercial agriculture ever re-establish itself in cities as it has done in the American Rust Belt and the declining industrial cities built in unsustainable locations in the formerly centrally planned economies of Eastern Europe, Russia and China? How will climate change or pandemic-driven localisation change cities?

Chris Webster, HKU, 2021

Featured Location: School of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Featured Project: Urban Rooftop Farming

Featured Division and HKUrbanLabs:

Division of Landscape Architecture
Sustainable High Density Cities Lab
Virtual Reality Lab of Urban Environments & Human Health


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