spaceplace conferenceTomorrow I will hold the conference “From Space to Place: landscape and art practice”. I would meet Francesca Frassoldati, Wallace Chang, Ho Wing Yin, Winnie and more speakers. It would be glad to meet local people, artists, architects and researchers interested in Landscape and Art Practices.

The conference will start at 10am at School of Architecture, Chinese University of Hong Kong in Sha Tin.
The conference is part of my exhibition Italian Landscape Practice and is supported by the Italian Cultural Institute and the Consulate General of Italy in Hong Kong.

here some out line from speakers:

Ms. Ho Wing Yin, Winnie
Title: ‘To Make a Place — small stories in Kowloon East’
Outline: At the inauguration ceremony of the Energizing Kowloon East Office(EKEO), the former Secretary for Development Mrs. Carrie Lam first promulgated a ‘Place Making’ approach to transform this old industrial area in Kowloon East of 168 hactares into an alternative attractive core business district to support the long term economic growth of Hong Kong. The EKEO was set up in June 2012 with a Place Making Team. What is Place Making? What are the Place Making Managers of EKEO doing? How to make a place? Let’s find out through the small projects that have been done by EKEO in the last 8 months.
Biography
Ms. Winnie Ho has assumed the post as the Deputy Head of Energizing Kowloon East Office of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government since Feb 2012. She supports the Head of the Office to take forward the initiatives to transform Kowloon East into an attractive alternative core business district to support the long term economic development of Hong Kong.
Ms. Ho joined the Hong Kong Government as an Architect in 1992, and since then her career has been closely associated with development of buildings and infrastructure of Hong Kong. She has served in the Architectural Services Department, designing and delivering government facilities including schools, social welfare centres, public health laboratory, parks, leisure and cultural facilities, libraries, sports centres, swimming pool complexes, and government offices. She joined the Project Management Section of Works Branch under the Development Bureau in 2010 and promoted as Government Architect since 2012.
To Make a Place — small stories in Kowloon East’

Francesca Frassoldati
title: Mapping transformations and values: three narratives of the Zhujiang Delta
Outline: The representation of the relation between people and the inhabited space is multifaceted. The Zhujiang Delta region offers a unique test to prove the imperfect overlapping of statistic trends, visual surveys, and personal chronicles. The Delta is in fact a human-made landscape in which nothing ever changes (it is just adapting to the tide of the waters) and a place where everything is in the process of becoming something else. Time series and present images evidence an increasing open-end fragmentation. Will agriculture and aquaculture, land and water, be in the future one persistent element of the modernized Zhujiang Delta? The presentation, without reaching any unambiguous answer, tries to recognize the dignity of the physical structures and the people living there, as a balance between conservation of a traditional environment and its innovation.

Biography:
Francesca Frassoldati’ holds a Master of Architecture and a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Development. Her research interests encompass, in broad terms, the processes, tensions and potentialities of transitional societies, how spatial contexts accommodate contrasting developmental paradigms and the respective formal and informal land-use regulations. This is based on a long-term commitment to the understanding of spatial dynamics, which moves from urban planning to the economics of urban and regional development. Particularly, the work in the Zhujiang Delta highlighted the reassessment of agriculture in the transition from fast industrialization to an urban society with increasing environmental concerns (health) and higher risk perception (security).

Wallace Chang
Title: Kaitak River
Outline: Man is grown from the Earth, and the Earth is enlivened by Man’. This inter-dependent relationship illustrates the seamless co-existence of cultural ecology and local living. Incidentally the Kai Tak River has escaped from being covered, thus inviting the recovery of ecology and the rediscovery of human landscape. The lesson can be shared with other districts, but what learned is by no means easy and on the further cultivation of the communities and the continuous irrigation of cultural policy makers. Since the renaming of the Kai Tak Nullah as the ‘Kai Tak River’ from October 2007 by the Community Alliance for Kai Tak Development, this paradigm shift has revived the sewage discharge into riverbanks of human landscape, conducing lots of imaginations and aspirations from the local community.
As a natural corridor penetrating the districts of East Kowloon, the Kai Tak River hinges on the rediscovery of human landscape. In March 2001, the Community Alliance for Kai Tak Development proposed an initial proposal of ‘The Kai Tak River Water·Green·Heritage Trail’, which encouraged the involvement of multi-level collaboration with different organizations and stakeholders from the community to attain a humanistic ideal of ‘planning together, building together and sharing together’. In order to initiate the community’s engagement, under the directions of ‘Urban Planning’, ‘Education’ and ‘Arts & Culture’, there are activities such as research, exhibitions, seminars, publication and visits, to propagate the ‘Kai Tak River’ concept meanwhile further investigations on technical aspects and political considerations are taken into account. Among these public education programs, the penetration into the learning environment through the alliance of over 20 schools along the river to form the ‘district-base school village’ and the integration of the concept of community sustainability into the academic curriculum through the intervention of ‘liberal studies’ and ‘other learning experiences’. Also, to allow more people from the community to experience the Kai Tak River, in 2009 to 2010, 1a space collaborated in the theme of ‘Green Art’ to promote a series of public artworks relating to ecology and the environment. It is meant to transform the Kai Tak River into a testing ground for human landscape embracing both ecological systems and cultural contents.

Biography:
Wallace Chang runs the Urban Place Research Unit, School of Architecture, Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Wallace Chang has used this much abused urban river as a political testing ground for raising awareness of ecological issues. Realising that this physical, natural thread through the city could be used to link schools and communities, his work, rather than asserting the underlying natural landscape in a purist way, has emphasised the ways that the river can ‘irrigate’ the human landscape

more speakers are coming…

stay tuned!

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