UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE

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

Readings:

Alexandri, E., & Jones, P. (2008). Temperature decreases in an urban canyon due to green walls and green roofs in diverse climates. Building and Environment, 43(4), 480-493. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2006.10.055

Jiang, B., Wang, H., Larsen, L., Bao, F., Li, Z., & Pryor, M. (2019). Quality of sweatshop factory outdoor environments matters for workers’ stress and anxiety: A participatory smartphone-photography survey. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 65, 101336. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2019.101336

Lu, X., Valin, I., & Trumpf, S. (2016). Interstitial Hong Kong [Scholarly project]. Retrieved from http://interstitialhongkong.com/

Ma, B. D., Ng, S. L., Schwanen, T., Zacharias, J., Zhou, M., Kawachi, I., & Sun, G. (2018). Pokémon GO and physical activity in Asia: Multilevel study. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 20(6), e217. https://doi.org/10.2196/jmir.9670

Sarkar, C., Webster, C., & Gallacher, J. (2018). Residential greenness and prevalence of major depressive disorders: a cross-sectional, observational, associational study of 94 879 adult UK Biobank participants. The Lancet Planetary Health, 2(4), e162-e173. https://doi.org/10.1016/s2542-5196(18)30051-2

Wang, T., & Pryor, M. (2019). Social value of urban rooftop farming: A Hong Kong case study. In S. N. Kulshreshtha (Ed.), Agricultural Economics: Current Issues. IntechOpen. https://doi.org/10.5772/intechopen.89279

Webster, C., Sarkar, C., Melbourne, S. J., Pryor, M., Tang, D., & Kafafy, N. (2015). Green equals healthy? Towards an evidence base for high density healthy city research. Landscape Architecture Frontiers, 3, 8-23. https://journal.hep.com.cn/laf/EN/Y2015/V3/I1/8#1

Zhang, X., Melbourne, S., Sarkar, C., Chiaradia, A., & Webster, C. (2020). Effects of green space on walking: Does size, shape and density matter? Urban Studies, 57(16), 3402-3420. https://doi.org/10.1177/0042098020902739

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