Taxonomy of Public Space in Contemporary Hong Kong (Hong Kong)


POPS (i.e. privately owned public space) is a concept initially developed by American cities public-private-partnership programs in which commercial developers are asked to provide publicly accessible space in cities in exchange for higher building density. This essay attempts to utilize creative space as a tool to redefine the ideas behind this concept.

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Common Space VS. Public Space in Contemporary Urbanisation (Jakarta)


The paper discusses the distinction between common and public spaces. Cities all over the world are anxious about degrading quality and shrinking quantity of public spaces. Public space revitalisation projects are a major trend in many cities. The role of community has been promoted and organised by non-state actors – artists and NGO activists among them – to take over many of the spaces.

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Thick Crust of Time – KL (Kuala Lumpur)


Kuala Lumpur is transforming itself as quickly as any other Asian city and forming for itself a thick crust of time, with layers upon layers of memories and change. The thick crust is often not about the linear age of the city, nor about density; but the number of times it changes and renews itself. Kuala Lumpur has a thick crust, with its thick narrative of changes and renewals.

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Salute to Illegal Architecture (Taipei)


In the spring of 2011, I invited Wang Shu from China and Hsieh Ying-chun from Taiwan to cooperate with me to present an exhibition entitled ‘Illegal Architecture’ in Taipei.

I chose the commonly-seen illegal architecture in Taiwan’s cities to be the urban phenomenon that the exhibition explored. The site of the exhibition was a 4-story residential neighbourhood from the 60s that was about to be demolished and rebuilt, in which more than half of the residents were still living.

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