11 Borders

Director/Producer/Composer: Tom COZENS
Executive Producers: Professor Chris WEBSTER & Dr. Eric SCHULDENFREI
Assistant Producer: Alex TAIT
Production Assistant: Winnie YEUNG
Editor: Nick BRIER

Academic contributors: Dr. Xiaoxuan LU, Dr. Guibo SUN, Dr. Cole ROSKAM
Actresses: Professor Shenjing HE and daughter, Yi SUN
Actor: Xianwei LONG

Borders emerge to order all complex systems. Our bodies have skin. Weather systems are defined at the edges by cloud and wind. Firms govern by command and control within and by legal contract without. Countries protect from the leakage of tax-funded benefits by border controls. Neighbourhoods build gates for security and to prevent the over-use of neighbourhood facilities by those who have not paid for them. None of us would buy or rent a house that does not have a lockable front door. Boundaries 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?

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This project also includes a documentary film Dr. Lu collaborated with Bo Wang from School of Visual Arts in New York. A 45-minutes cut of this film was recently shown at RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2019 in London and Joint East Asian Studies Conference 2019 in Edinburgh. Link to the 20-min preview of this film:

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