UPDATE: Please note that the schedule of the program has been revised. (posted 27 Jan 2015)

International Summer Programme in Architecture: Cities in Asia (9 credits) | ARCH1900
Jun 23 to Jul 16, 2015 (Seoul: Jun 23 – Jun 30 | Hong Kong: Jul 1-8 | Singapore: Jul 9-16)
Program Directors | H. Koon Wee & Darren Zhou
Tutors | Kirk Mazzeo, Lai Shun Lam

Studio SEL-HKG-SIN is a credit bearing, four-week design and research studio organized annually by the University of Hong Kong (HKU) Faculty of Architecture in multiple cities in Asia. 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 Seoul and Singapore this year. Positioning the learning process on the multiple fronts of society, culture and the city, this programme has the advantage of connecting to teaching and research platforms of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Future Cities Lab, Asian Urban Lab, HKUrban Lab, and other universities and think-tanks.

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. Engaging three cities at once gives participants the privilege to understand the multiple states of urbanization in Asia. Saskia Sassen notes that it is precisely because cities are no longer within the routine realms of national politics, they naturally become the new frontiers of urban analysis.

Through this course, participants will focus on different urban environments and building typologies, especially in the way they resist and subvert, or become mutated or subsumed by the highly unbalanced urban conditions today. The studio assignments would be based on the examination and re-invention of a number of these building types, seeking out strategies of use, exploitation, adaption, and even contradiction.

Participants will have the benefit of visiting unique areas of the city under-going massive change, exploring and discussing broad-ranging issues such as identity, migration, cultural production, post-colonialism, nationalism and globalization, and other new topics in architectural history and theory. Field trips to neighbouring cities form part of this program (details to be announced). 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.