Civic Urbanism Without Borders
March 14, 2023 | 12:30PM - 2:00PM
The event will take place at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, 1 Spadina Crescent DA170 (Main Hall), Toronto
Building on fieldwork from 2015 to the present, this talk by Jeffery Hou of the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington addresses how Taipei's “Open Green” Program, the latest iteration of community planning initiatives in the Taiwanese capital, transcends the established boundaries of urban communities and community design practices to turn placemaking into a vehicle for collaboration and social learning. In Hou's view, the outcomes and processes of the program suggest directions for the ongoing evolution of civic urbanism(s) in Asia.
Jeffrey Hou, Ph.D., is Professor of Landscape Architecture and director of the Urban Commons Lab at the University of Washington, Seattle. His work focuses on the agency of marginalized social groups in transforming the built environments. In a career that spans the Pacific, Hou has worked with indigenous tribes, farmers, fishers, and villagers in Asia and inner-city immigrant youths and elders in North American cities, on projects ranging from the conservation of wildlife habitats to bottom-up placemaking.
Organized by the Global Taiwan Studies Initiative at the Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy in collaboration with the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto.