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)