Resources for travel study in Hong Kong and Taiwan

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.
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3 Responses to Resources for travel study in Hong Kong and Taiwan

  1. Thanks for the good ideas Julia! I think the Hong Kong trip would be great. It would give us an opportunity to plug into the growing trends in China and would promote some vibrant discussion on the growing powers that will be of significant influence in the years to come. I also like the idea of using some of the UW business school faculty trip’s contacts.

  2. Chris Bitter says:

    Thank you Julia. I’m in support of a trip to Hong Kong. In addition the points already made, it would be a great place to study high-density development. Hong Kong has a population density of about 16,500 /sq mile (compared to < 7,000 for City of Seattle and < 3,000 for Seattle urbanized area). I would like to learn more about how the people and real estate have adapted to severe space constraints and high-density living. For instance, how has building design adapted to maintain a high quality of life in small living spaces? How satisfied (happiness angle) are residents with their living arrangements? What do they like and dislike about their space and environment? The trip could provide some interesting insights for compact development in the U.S..

  3. Scott Wolf says:

    Thanks Julia.

    I came across another interesting Asian location for a possible trip and/or case study. An entirely new city near Seoul South Korea called Songdo. The official website is: You can find tons of other info on it by googling Songdo.

    It’s interesting to me as it is billed as the greenest city in the world, it is in the midst of construction, people are clamoring to be there, the developer and master planner are from NYC so probably are accessible for info/research/connections. Also seems off the beaten path a bit (or maybe I’m just out of the loop……) and as I said before, I think that is important for the program.

    I’m not a bit fan of creating utopia in one fell swoop, I’m sure things aren’t as rosy as they sound, and I’m also sure there are many other reasons to criticize the project, but it sounds like a very interesting research project to me in a world where we will need to live more densely and this is a vision for what that might look like that is actually being built.

    Hope everyone had a good break. Looking forward to moving this forward in 2011.


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