Made in Hong Kong – Interactive Colloquia

IFOU | School of Design POLYU HK | School of Architecture CUHK | GSAPP Columbia University

The ‘Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong’ has always been an ‘island of entrepreneurism’ (Clinton, 2014). Historically known as a ‘market city’ (Ohno, 1992) with a prominent industrial history, the city has secured its prominence as one of the ‘Asian Tiger’.

In its development Hong Kong has embraced amplifying levels of excessiveness, accepting neoliberal directives that have allowed for ‘manic’ density and hyper consumerism. Under the ‘one-country-two-system’ Hong Kong’s entrepreneurial position has come under question with the ‘emptying out’ (Yeh: 2006, Lin: 2011) of manufacturing services that has, since 1997, impacted all facets and aspects urbanity for, both the city and the Guangdong Regional Economy. A city once known for its “Made in Hong Kong” legacy through its plastic flowers industries, electronic goods and clothing, the city presently relies on a knowledge economy and ‘other’ forms of entrepreneurial endeavours to sustain its competitive edge amongst other Asian hubs. Moreover, the ever-increasing pressure placed on Hong Kong as a ‘locale of making’ by the manufacturing industries of neighbouring cities, such as Shenzhen, has resulted in the transformation of Hong Kong into an unaffordable and inflexible city.

As link between the IFOU 2017 conference entitled 'The Entrepreneurial City' and the School of Design’s Environment and Interior Unit’s ‘Made in Hong Kong’ research portfolio, this interactive colloquium invites participants to challenge as well as present endeavours that currently feed into contemporary urban entrepreneurism’s. Each participant will be invited to present work, research or entrepreneurial endeavours in a chosen 15 by 15 format (15 slides for 15 seconds per slide). 

Contacts: Gerhard Bruyns / Peter Hasdell
Sub component to the IFOU International Forum on Urbanism 2017 Conference. For more details please see:

Speakers Line-up

7:30 - Cocktails and Canapes.

12th floor, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom

8:00 - ‘Made in Hong Kong, Welcome and introduction’.

Gerhard Bruyns, Deputy Discipline Leader EID, PolyU Design.

8:06 - ‘Waste Initiatives in Urbanism’

Tei Carpenter, Adjunct Assistant Professor, GSAPP Columbia University.

8:12 - ‘Semiotic Neighbourhoods’

Ilpo Koskinen, Professor of Research, PolyU Design.

8:18 - ‘Collapsed States: A Case for Cross Border Hyper-Trade’.

Kennedy Chikerema, GSA, University of Johannesburg.

8:24 - ‘Extraction Lab in GSAPP’

Christoph Kumpusch, Adjunct Associate Professor at GSAPP Columbia University.

8:30 - ‘Planned and Unplanned Enterprises – Design Social’

Peter Hasdell, Associate Professor, Discipline Leader EID, PolyU Design.

8:36 - ‘Towards a new nodal CBD - a community centric approach to neighbourhood redevelopment’

Ming Norman Xu, Project Manager, Swire Properties.

8:42 - ‘In the Shadow of Exchange: Institute for Radical Economic Retribution’.

Roelof de Jager, GSA, University of Johannesburg.

8:48 - ‘Systemization of Entrepreneurship Education in HK – Design Economies’.

Joern Buehring, Research Assistant Professor, and Tiffani Fong, PolyU Design.

8:54 – ‘Excavating the Urban Villages: Datamining China’

Travis Bunt & Danil Nagy, Adjunct Assistant Professor, GSAPP Columbia University.

9:00 – ‘Tooling, Entrepreneurship, and Design-Build: Opportunities and Threats in Hong Kong’s Changing Industrial Culture’.

Daniel Elkin, Assistant Professor, PolyU Design.

9:06 - ‘Of toilets, trade and transformations: Recent enterprises making use of human waste’

Markus Wernli, PhD Candidate, PolyU Design.

9:12 – ‘Made Conditions of Hong Kong’.

Peter Ferretto, The School of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

9:18 - ‘Rogue Economies, Unit 14, GSA’.

Sarah De Villiers and Thireshen Govender, Unit 10 Leaders, GSA, University of Johannesburg.

9:24 - Closing and remarks.