Learning from Hong Kong: ‘place’ as relation

The Hong Kong-China border is slowly dissolving. In 2010 a part of the frontier area at Lok Ma Chau opened up for new urban developments. By 2047, 50 years after the 1997 handover of Hong Kong to China, the border will no longer exist. This project proposes an inhabited bridge at Lok Ma Chau, connecting Hong Kong and Shenzhen, that recognises both the global movement within the Pearl River Delta as well as the local sense of ‘place’. In an attempt to learn from Hong Kong I ask: What makes place in Hong Kong valuable? What is the influence of globalisation on the local experience of place other than ‘placelessness’? And how as designers can we work with this?

Published in: IIAS International Institute Asian Studies – The Newsletter | No.68 | Summer 2014   read full article ]

Presented at  the Urban Asia IIAS seminar in Leiden may 7th 2015.  This 7th annual IIAS-TU Delft seminar is convened by Dr. Ir. Gregory Bracken, a Research Fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) Leiden and an Assistant Professor of Theory at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft. This is the latest in a series of spring seminars organised by Dr Bracken that explore the urban environment of Asia from a variety of different multidisciplinary perspectives. This particular event, titled ‘Urban Asia’, will look at a number of different themes, including the urban transformation that took place in Japan after World War II; conditions in the slums of Mumbai, particularly the plight of Dalit women there; Hong Kong’s urban identity ; and the related topic of the emergence of a Chinese urban subjectivity. More information to be find here: Program and Abstracts – Urban Asia