11 Borders

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 Xiaoxuan LU, Dr Cole ROSKAM and Dr Guibo SUN
Actors: Xianwei LONG, Professor Shenjing HE and daughter, and Yi SUN

Borders emerge to order all complex systems. Our bodies have skin. Weather systems are defined at the edges by cloud and wind. Firms are governed by command and control within and by legal contracts without. Countries are protected from the leakage of tax-funded benefits by border controls. Neighbourhoods build gates for security and to prevent the over-use of facilities by those who have not paid for them. None of us these days would buy or rent a house that does not have a lockable front door. Boundaries, in themselves, are benign. But like the boundaries that order other complex systems, urban boundaries are often lines of turbulence. How can the boundaries that define cities be better managed to do their job with minimum turbulence?

Chris Webster, HKU, 2021

Featured Division and HKUrbanLabs:

Division of Landscape Architecture (landscapes of borderlands)
Rural Urban Framework (planning and settlement design for border regions)
Centre of Urban Studies and Urban Planning (gated communities, enclave development)
Ronald Coase Centre for Property Rights Research (property rights)


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