WEOWNTHECITY – HONG KONG – 7TH TILL 21ST OF MARCH 2013

WeOwnTheCity is a roving exhibition which originated from Amsterdam then travelled to Marseille and Brussels in 2012 before arriving to Hong Kong. CITIES collaborated with the Faculty of Architecture of The University of Hong Kong in showcasing community practice in architecture. Hong Kong, with a different geographic, social, political, cultural and spatial context from Amsterdam, looks at community practices from a different perspective.

WeOwnTheCity is a roving exhibition which originated from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Researched and co-curated by CITES Foundation Amsterdam in 2011–2012, the exhibition showcased innovative community practices and new urban development mechanisms. (Here additional info about the exhibition in Amsterdam)

The selected projects epitomized the notion of community participatory approaches in architecture and urban development by featuring small-scale community projects in central Amsterdam.  Some other key themes raised at the Amsterdam exhibition included how these emerging urban community practices operate within a framework of governance, democracy and the existing economic, social, cultural and spatial structure in a Western city’s context.

WeOwnTheCity travelled to Marseille and Brussels in 2012 before arriving to Hong Kong. CITIES collaborated with the Faculty of Architecture of The University of Hong Kong and the Energizing Kowloon East Office (EKEO) and have adopted a different approach in showcasing community practice in architecture. Hong Kong, with a different geographic, social, political, cultural and spatial context from Amsterdam, looks at community practices from a different perspective.

Projects initiated by EKEO which engage the community stakeholders in revitalizing the district of Kwun Tong are juxtaposed with research and design projects undertaken by the Community Project Workshop (CPW) in the Faculty of Architecture. Although the background and execution of community initiatives are completely different from our Dutch counterpart, WeOwnTheCity Hong Kong shares the same synergy with Amsterdam with multiple objectives to raise debates and intellectual discourse on how people-oriented community practices can be a sustainable model of urban development.

Visitors might observe that the Amsterdam projects (photographed by  Marten Van Wijk) focused more on the celebration and the vitality that characterized bottom-up developments in Europe, while the Hong Kong content focuses more on the possibilities of improving current public consultation process, general principles for public participation as well as various modes of orchestrating community architecture and urban planning.

Despite the physical and spatial differences, this collaboration between CITES, EKEO and HKU has given great opportunity for knowledge exchange between the two cities and was able to explore and inspire further development in the multi-dimensionality in community practices in architecture.

Francesca Miazzo  CITIES, Amsterdam

Tris Kee , Hong Kong

 

Exhibition Details 

Date:7 – 21 March 2013
Venue: Energizing Kowloon East Office (EKEO), 122 Hoi Bun Road, Kwun Tong

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily

Symposium

07 March 2013 (Thursday) 9:30am – 5pm

Energizing Kowloon East Office (EKEO) 122 Hoi Bun Road Kwun Tong, Kowloon

List of keynote speakers:

Professor David P.Y. LUNG, SBS, JP
Dean, Faculty of Architecture, HKU,

Ms. Ada FUNG, JP
President, Hong Kong Institute of Architects

Mr. David GIANOTTEN
Partner, OMA

Dr. Peter Cookson SMITH
President, Hong Kong Institute of Planners

rofessor Wei-jen WANG
Head of Department, Department of Architecture, HKU

Mr. Raymond LEE
Head of EKEO, Development Bureau, HKSARG

Ms. Francesca MIAZZO+Mr.Bob KNOESTER
CITIES FOUNDATION, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Mr. Michael MA
Director, Planning & Design, Urban Renewal Authority, Hong Kong

Ms. Martine VLEDDER
Director,  MVRDV Asia

Ms. Caroline  BOS
Co-Founder/ Principal Urban Planner, UNStudio

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Created on 27 February 2013

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