International Summer Programme in Architecture: Cities in Asia (12 credits) | ARCH1900
Jun 29 to Jul 25, 2014 (Hong Kong: Jun 29 to Jul 7 | Shanghai: Jul 8-16 | Singapore: Jul 17-25)
Program Directors | H. Koon Wee & Darren Zhou
Tutors | Athena Chau, May Ho, Lai Shun Lam, Kirk Mazzeo, Edda Ostertag, Mihai Soltuz, Ying Zhou
Studio SHA-HKG-SIN is a credit bearing, four-week design and research studio organized by the University of Hong Kong (HKU) Faculty of Architecture in the cities of Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore. Taught by a diverse group of faculty members from the HKU, and speakers from internationally renowned universities and independent research groups, the course offers participants a design studio experience within Asia’s most vibrant contexts.
The International Summer Program in Architecture positions Hong Kong as a launch pad to other Asian cities, linking strategically with the cities of Shanghai and Singapore this year. This summer program has the benefit of tapping into the vast wealth of expertise from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Future Cities Lab and Asian Urban Lab. Since its inception in 2008, HKU academic programs in Shanghai have benefitted from exchanges and joint studios with leading universities such as Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, NYU, AA, ETH and EPFL, as well as regional universities such as Tongji, China Academy of Art, Tianjin and others.
Fundamental to the study of architecture and cities is the question of rapid urbanization and innovation on the multiple fronts of society, culture and the economy. For the purpose of this summer program, the three key cities in east China, the Pearl River Delta and Southeast Asia will serve as platforms for the understanding of such issues, in the current neo-liberal world of urbanization, where international corporations have grown far more powerful than sovereign governments. Saskia Sassen notes that it is precisely because cities are no longer within the realms of national politics, they naturally become the new frontiers where the “political informal” can thrive within the infrastructure and systems of cities without overt control.
Through this course, participants will focus on different architecture and building types that have emerged from the current state of rapid urbanization. These urban building types are unique in the way they resist and subvert, or become mutated or subsumed by the prevailing urban conditions of Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore. The design and research studio would be based on the examination and re-invention of a number of these building types.
Participants will have the benefit of visiting numerous cities under-going massive change, exploring broad-ranging issues such as identity, migration, cultural production, colonialism, nationalism and globalization through topics in architectural history and theory. This program will include study trips to the cities of Hangzhou and Shenzhen. In support of the design and research studio, a daily lecture and seminar program will further enrich the participants’ knowledge in these fields.
The university course page can be accessed here.