As promised, I’ve spent some time pulling together a few resources for potential itinerary planning and study in Hong Kong and Taiwan. This is by no means a comprehensive list; it’s intended just to be a start to help us choose a project and place. I hope others can riff on some of these ideas moving forward.
- C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and other organizations hosted an international Climate Dialogue in Hong Kong in October. According to the website, “The conference included a C40 workshop, providing a platform for policy-makers and experts from cities from around the world, to share experience on policies and technologies to achieve low carbon living. Hong Kong has a unique role in Asia to play a consensus-building role.” Program, speakers and other information is available here.
- This presentation from the C40 event gives a general overview of the “New Build Challenges” and scale of China’s urbanization.
- Faculty from the Foster School of Business took a study tour of Guangzhou/Shenzen/Hong Kong in September. Click here to see the itinerary.
- Brian Sullivan, Senior Development Program Manager at Seattle Housing Authority, may be a great local resource. During the 90s he helped establish a new Department of Architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and also completed several ‘user-based’ research studies of public housing communities in Hong Kong and China.
- The UW Urban Planning Department sent students and faculty to Taipei this summer for a collaborative studio focused on planning and urban design for a Taiwanese neighborhood slated for redevelopment. Information on faculty and an overview of itinerary can be found here.
- The Department of Land Economics at the National Chengchi University, Taipei, would likely be a good resource. The department has 19 faculty who specialize in the following areas (taken from website): “land use and control, real estate appraisal, urban planning, urban renewal, land and environmental laws, theory of land economy, urban growth management, real estate investment and development, land surveying, public policy analysis, and etc.”
- Wikipedia page on Energy in Taiwan discussed policy, emissions, renewables, etc.