The International Workshop on Urban Utopianism cum China-India Forum on Beyond Gentrification

By
Department of Geography, Hong Kong Baptist University

In Collaboration with
Urban Research Plaza, Osaka City University

On
15th – 17th  May, 2012

At
WLB 208, Lam Woo International Conference Centre,
Shaw Campus, Hong Kong Baptist University

 

Co-Sponsors:
Faculty of Social Sciences, Hong Kong Baptist University
Research Grant (HKBU 244808), Hong Kong Research Grants Council, The Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Hong Kong Critical Geography Group

Hong Kong

9th May, 2012

Programme

15th May, 2012

9:00 – 9:10
Registration

9:10 – 9:15
Welcoming Ceremony
Adrian BAILEY, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Hong Kong Baptist University

Urban Utopianism

Understanding Urban Utopianism in the World

Chair: Anne HAILA, Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki

9:15 – 9:45
Wing-Shing TANG
Department of Geography, Hong Kong Baptist University
“Many Facets of Urban Utopianism”

9:45 – 10:15
On-Kwok LAI
Graduate School of Policy Studies, Kwansei Gakuin University
“Eco-utopian Urbanism and East-Asia’s Glocalization in the Informational Age: Choreography of New Media-enhances Human Rights Movements in Urban Transformation”

10:15 – 10:30     Tea Break

Utopia in the Politics of Differences

Chair: On-Kwok LAI, Graduate School of Policy Studies, Kwansei Gakuin University

10:30 – 11:00
Angela STIENEN
Pedagogical University of Berne
“Building Utopia? Pedagogy and the Right to the City in Medellin, Columbia”

11:00 – 11:30
Solomon Benjamin
Manipal School of Architecture and Planning
“Urban Utopianism: Some Thoughts from the Imperfect City”

11:30 – 12:00
Bhuvaneswari RAMAN
French Institute of Pondicherry
“Utopian Ideals and the Production of Urban Space: The Case of Chennai Metropolis, India”

12:00 – 1:30       Lunch

The Role of Science (1): Spatial Metaphors or Participatory Action Method

Chair: Bhuvaneswari RAMAN, French Institute of Pondicherry

1:30 – 2:00
Wing-Shing TANG
Department of Geography, Hong Kong Baptist University
Joanna LEE
Department of Geography and Resource Management;
Centre for Environmental Policy and Resource Management, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
“A Utopia for the Bay Area of the Pearl River Estuary: The Spatial Metaphor of Planning Concepts”

2:00 – 2:30
Tianxin ZHANG
College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Peking University
“A Current Western Image for the Future Chinese Cities?”

2:30 – 3:00
Jackie Y.C. KWOK
School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hok Bun, Ben, KU
Department of Applied Social Science, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
“We Do Not Want Utopia. We Only Want Better Living Environment: A Critical Reflection on Our Participatory Design Projects”

3:00 – 3:15         Tea Break

The Role of Science (2): Diversity and Sustainability

Chair: Solomon Benjamin, Manipal School of Architecture and Planning

3:15 – 3:45
Uwe Altrock
Department of Urban Regeneration, Faculty of Planning, University of Kassel
“The Quest for Post-Modernist Urban Planning 50 Years After Jane Jacobs: Utopia, Background Music of Neoliberal Trends in a Post-Fordist World or Reformist Reality?”

3:45 – 4:15
Surajit CHAKRAVARTY
Department of Urban Planning, Alhosn University
“Utopia, Sustainability and the Anxieties of Development in Abu Dhabi”

4:15 – 4:30         Tea Break

The Role of Community Capacity Building

Chair: Pelin, TAN, New Media Department, Kadir Has University

4:30 – 5:00
Young A. LEE
Geography Education Department, Daegu University
“How to Build Community Capacity in Urban Development Process”

5:00 – 5:30
Kwok-kin FUNG
Department of Social Work, Hong Kong Baptist University
“’Dialectical Utopianism’ and Alternative Community Practice in Hong Kong”

6:00 – 8:00         Dinner Break

8:00 – 9:00        
Field Trip

Hong Kong Critical Geography Group
“’Occupy Central’, A Movement Not So Like ‘Occupy Wall Street’”

16th May, 2012

Activism: Negotiating Culture

Chair: Jackie YC Kwok, School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

9:00 – 9:30
Pelin, TAN
New Media Department, Kadir Has University
“Ways of Common-ing and Imagination of Counter-urban Practices”

9:30 – 10:00
Ran MA
Urban Research Plaza, Osaka City University
“The Dazhalan Project and Disappearing Beijing: Negotiating Urban Regeneration in Mainland China”

10:00 – 10:15     Tea Break

Alternative Organisations (1): Praxis and Socio-economic Restructuring

Chair: Shenglin Elijah CHANG, The New Ruralism Research and Development Center, Graduate Institute of Building and Planning, National Taiwan University

10:15 – 10:45
Christina WEST
Economic Geography, University of Mannheim
“Urban Utopias and Heterotopias: Theorising, Analyzing, and Evaluating the Praxeological “How?” of Urbanisation –
Creative Power or Powerlessness of the Public in Barcelona/Spain”   

10:45 – 11:15
Shinya KITAGAWA
Faculty of Humanities, Law and Economics, Mie University
“Searching for an Alternative Social Space in the City: Some Aspects of Spatial Practices of a Social Center ‘Leoncavallo’ in Milan”

11:15 – 11:45
Tomonaga HORIGUCHI
Urban Research Plaza, Osaka City University
“The Change of the District Resulting from Formation and Collapse of Industrial Accumulation: A Case Study of the East Germany City”

11:45 – 1:15       Lunch

Alternative Organisations (2): Housing for the ‘Deviants’, the Poor and the Rich

Chair: Kwok-kin FUNG, Department of Social Work, Hong Kong Baptist University

1:15 – 1:45
Yingfang CHEN
Department of Public Economics and Social Policy, Jiaotong University
“Everyday Life of Migrant Population in Shanghai”

1:45 – 2:15
Geerhardt KORNATOWSKI and Toshio MIZUUCHI
Urban Research Plaza, Osaka City University
“An Alternative Approach toward Inner City Regeneration and its Possibilities for a Practical Urban Utopianism”

2:15 – 2:45
Maren Godzik
German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo
“Discussing the Emergence of Alternative Housing in Japan”

2:45 – 3:15         Tea Break

Alternative Organisations (3): At the Fringe

Chair: Toshio MIZUUCHI, Urban Research Plaza, Osaka City University

3:15 – 3:45

Jin Yong WU, Ding Xiong XIAO, Ru Ci HUANG and Shenglin Elijah CHANG
The New Ruralism Research and Development Center, Graduate Institute of Building and Planning, National Taiwan University
“The Hope of Hopeless Homes: Along the Riverside in New Taipei, Taiwan”

3:45 – 4:15
Yun-Chung CHEN
Department of Sociology, Hong Kong Baptist University
Mirana May SZETO
Department of Comparative Literature, The University of Hong Kong
“Rebuilding an Eco-Village from the Ruin of Developmentalism: Making Utopia in Choi Yuen Village, Hong Kong”

4:15 – 4:30         Tea Break

Urban Utopianism in Art and Literature

Chair: Christina WEST, Economic Geography, University of Mannheim

4:30 – 5:00
Anne HAILA
Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki
“Hope and Criticism in the Contemporary Southeast Asian Art”

5:00 – 5:30
Gordon GAMLIN
Department of Literature, Kobe National University
“Walls of Wisdom: Early Literary Accounts of Utopian Cities”

Roundtable Discussion

5:30 – 6:15         Chair: Wing-Shing TANG

6:30 – 9:00         Dinner

17th May, 2012

Beyond Gentrification

Possible Ways Ahead

Chair: Uwe Altrock, Department of Urban Regeneration, Faculty of Planning, University of Kassel

9:00 – 9:30
Wing-Shing Tang
Department of Geography, Hong Kong Baptist University
“China-India Comparative Urban Research Beyond Global Social Sciences: The Example of Gentrification”

9:30 – 10:00
Solomon Benjamin
Manipal School of Architecture and Planning
“Constituting Property: Some Thoughts to Take the Gentrification Narrative Forward”

10:00 – 10:30
Bhuvaneswari RAMAN
French Institute of Pondicherry
“The Every Day Politics of Territorial Transformation & Property in Indian Cities”

10:30 – 10:45     Tea Break

Emphasis on Everyday Life

Chair: Angela STIENEN, Pedagogical University of Berne

10: 45 – 11:15
Tak Chuen LUK
Visiting Professor, Centre of Design and Social Development, Yunnan University
“Gentrification and the Coping Strategies of Migrants: A Case Study of the Hyper-urban Renewal of Kunming City in the Second Great Transformation of Post-socialist China”

11:15 – 11:45
Megan BLAKE
Department of Geography, Sheffield University
“Rebuilding the Market Economy: Gentrification and the Values of Hong Kong’s Wet Markets”

11:45 – 12:15
Rupali GUPTA
Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture, University of Mumbai
Prad SHETTY
Collective Research Initiatives Trust, Mumbai

“After-life of Gentrification: Mumbai Stories”

12:15 – 12:45     Roundtable Discussion

Chair: Wing-Shing TANG

12:45 – 2:15       Lunch

Urban Utopianism

2:15 – 6:00        

Field Trip
Choi Yuen Village Support Group
“Choi Yuen New Village as an Urban Utopia”

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