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SGN Cities in Asia
Register: 30-04-2017 / Submit: 30-04-2017
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SGN Cities in AsiaInternational Summer Program in Architecture: Cities in Asia (9 credits) | ARCH1900
Topic | Industrial Urbanism
Dates | June 22 to July 12, 2017 (Ho Chi Minh City: June 22 – July 1 | Singapore: July 3 – 12)
Program Directors | H. Koon Wee & Darren Zhou
Tutors | TBC

The International Summer Program in Architecture: Cities in Asia (Studio SGN-SIN) is a three-week course organized annually by the HKU Department of Architecture since 2010. It is a design and research studio that travels to multiple cities in Asia. Taught by a diverse group of faculty members from HKU, and speakers from internationally renowned universities and independent research groups, the course offers participants an unrivaled learning experience within Asia’s most dynamic contexts.

This year, the program will travel to the cities of Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore. In particular, students would study the effects of industry, manufacturing and other forms of production, and their adjacency to requisite urban functions such as housing and commerce. These forms of production have new appearances as late-industrial or post-industrial forms, because of their strategic importance and complex organization within the highly urbanized contexts. Positioning the learning process on the multiple fronts of society, industry, culture and the city, this course will take advantage of connections to universities, governmental agencies, think-tanks, NGOs and independent research groups. Saskia Sassen notes that it is precisely because cities are no longer within the routine limits of national politics, they naturally become the new frontiers of innovation and action. It is important for students to grapple with such incredible potential within Asia.

Through this course, students will focus on different urban environments and building typologies, especially in the way they resist and subvert, or become mutated or subsumed by the highly transformative urban conditions today. The studio and seminar assignments would be based on the examination and re-invention of a number of these building types, seeking out strategies of cooperation, exploitation, adaptation, and even conflict. Students will have the benefit of visiting unique areas of the city under-going massive change, exploring and discussing broad-ranging issues through historical and theoretical concepts in identity, post-colonialism, nationalism and globalization. Learning activities include lectures, seminars, studio crits, field work, visits to experimental practices and sites, and forums for active discussions.

Competition website: fac.arch.hku.hk/summer/cities-in-asia