2002 Hong Kong

Participatory Community Design in the Global and Local Contexts

The4thd Conference of the Pacific Rim Community Design Network
The Hong Kong Polytech University, December 16-20, 2002

In 2002, the network participants converged in Hong Kong where participatory design was in its nascent stage. The conference theme invited scholars and practitioners from the Pacific Rim to engage in a cross-cultural dialogue on cultural and spatial transformation and “globalization” of democracy in cities and communities in the Pacific Rim. Four specific areas of focus were presented: Globalization and Localization, what forces are creating the dual processes of globalization and localization in the Pacific Rim and how do they affect democratization and cultural change? Construction and Regeneration of Community Participation and Culture, how is citizen participation as a value and practice constructed and regenerated in local culture, given different political and cultural contexts? How are the new values and practice expressed in the different realms of the cities and communities in the Pacific Rim? Trans-cultural Communities, Place Identities and Changing Environments, what cultural hybridization are the communities and urban environments experiencing in the Pacific Rim? How are the local environments and nature-culture relationships being transformed as a result? How are the transformation and conscious reconstruction of cultural and place identities influencing the design of public space in the Pacific Rim? Approaches and Methods in Participatory Urban Planning/Design, how different theories and methods of participatory planning/design are conducted in different regions? What are the consequences and impacts? What are the limitations? How to conduct critical comparisons?

Organizer: Jackie Yan-Chi Kwok, Research Group on Urban Space and Culture, School of Design, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Steering Committee: Jackie Yan-Chi Kwok (Hong Kong), Jeff Hou (USA), Magokoro Yoshihira and Taichi Goto (Japan), Liling Huang (Taiwan)

Conference Program
Session 1 Globalization and Localization: Focusing on the Issue of Locality in the Context of Globalization
Building a Global City in My Backyard?! Case Studies of Pu-Yu New City  Plan (Taiwan), Gateway Arts District (USA), and Shanghai Xin-Tian-Di (China) – Shenglin Chang, John K-C. Liu, Tianxin Zhang, Margarita Hill   

Prevailing Global Culture and Its System: How Can We Save Local Cultures? – Magokoro Yoshihira

Contrary Status Seeking: A Means of Participatory Celebration of Locality – Randolph T. Hester, Jr. and Shenglin Chang

Participation in the PROC: Trans-Pacific Collaboration and Community Engagement in the planning of Quanzhou, Fujian Province – Daniel B. Abramson    

Session 2A Trans-cultural Communities, Place Identities and Changing Environments: Focusing on the Contested Meanings and Identities of Urban Space

Contesting Meaning in Public Space: Labor Community and Public Art in the Financial Center Square, Taipei – Chu-joe Hsia and Ngai Pun

Contention Building: Neighborhood Revitalization and Divided Identities in International District, Seattle and Kogane, Matsudo – Jeffery Hou and Isami Kinoshida   

Session 2B Trans-cultural Communities, Place Identities and Changing Environments: Focusing on Conflicts and Contention in Development and Preservation
Session 3 Construction & Regeneration of Community Participation and Culture: Focusing on the Dialectics of Community Planning and Community Building

On Building a Homeland: Reflection on Community Design in Taiwan – Chao-ching Yu

The Production of Neighborhood Space and Parks: A Comparison of Taipei, Taiwan and Berkeley, California – Marcia McNally and Liling Huang

Community Preservation in Erje: Beginning with Two Wings – Yuh-Jean Chen

Participatory Planning on Human Landscape: A Case Study of Sheng-Xing – BaSiDiGua, National Taiwan University   

Session 4A Exploration of Approach / Methodology in Participatory Urban Planning / Design: Discussion of the Methods and Approaches of Participatory Design
Session 4B Exploration of Approach/Methodology in Participatory Urban Planning/Design: Engaging Community Processes and Environmental Processes

Design for Spontaneous Activities in Urban Stream – Chia-Ning Yang, Isami Kinoshita and Chien-Kuo Chiang

Community Involvement in Environmental Planning in the Rural Area of Taiwan: The Case of Kuo-hsin Village – Shu-Jen Kao

Citizen Involvement in Wildlife Planning in the U.S. – Victoria Chanse   

Site Visit to Projects in Hong Kong + Party at the St. James Settlement Centre

Objectives: Let participants of the conference to have a brief understanding of citizen participants in Hong Kong   Presentation of Wanchai’s Participatory Projects: Urban Renewal, Community Park, Art Bridge        

Public Forum 1 Perspectives on Participatory Design in the Pacific Rim

Taiwan: A Decade of Participatory Community Design in Taiwan: Critical Review and Future Prospects – John K-C. Liu

US: Challengeishimashu! Episodes in the Pursuit of Democratic Design – Marcia McNally

Japan: The Possibility of Conducting Participatory Design in Japan – Yasuhiro Endoh

Hong Kong:  Participatory Design in a Pluralist Society – the Approach and Experience of the Urban Renewal Authority – Andrew Siu-lo Lam  

Public Forum 2 The Vision of Participatory Design in Hong Kong

With different panel speakers from Hong Kong:

Dr. Kwok Leung Ho (Department of Applied Social Studies, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)

Chris Law (Oval Partnership Architect)

Man Tao Leung Ada J.P. Wong (Lawyer, Wanchai District Councilor)