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Urban Thinkers CampusThe objectives of the Hong Kong Urban Thinkers Campus are to better understand Hong Kong’s challenges and the lessons for global urban development. The Umbrella Movement – took hold of Hong Kong’s streets for three months in 2014.

It brought to the fore the growing socio-spatial disparity and the juxtaposition of exuberant wealth and abject poverty. It also put the spot light on a narrowing job base, a lack of entrepreneurial opportunities, a near 20 year freeze on starting salaries, unaffordable housing, a loss of street frontage for small businesses, and hegemony over land resources by the few property developers.

The situation for Hong Kong is complicated by the ongoing integration with the Mainland.

A number of themes:

  1. World city vs. Great city
  2. Mainland integration
  3. Public space in a dense city
  4. Speculative vs. affordable housing
  5. Land hegemony

These will be discussed on the main challenges and actionable recommendations.

List of Speakers:

  • Ian Brownlee (Master Plan Consultancy)
  • Kenneth Chan (Hong Kong Public Space Initiative)
  • Kim Ching Chan (Liber Research Community) (TBC) 
  • Cecilia Chu (The University of Hong Kong)
  • Mee Kam Ng (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
  • Hendrik Tieben (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
  • Ada Wong (Make a Difference)
  • Edward Yiu (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
  • Paul Zimmerman (Designing Hong Kong)

For the programme and more information click here.

Register here.


Mee Kam Ng 伍美琴教授 - +852 3943 6645


Hendrik Tieben 田恆德 - +852 3943 8095


Paul Zimmerman 司馬文 - +852 3104 2768


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