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 Field Study & Academic Exchange in 2012-13


 MSc AEPT Students Participated in the 10th China Urban Housing Conference and won the Best Student Paper Award, 5-6 July 2013

Under the supports of Expert Committee, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development(MOHURD), PRC; Science & Technology Committee (STC), Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, PRC, Center for Housing Innovations (CHI) successfully held “the 10th China Urban Housing Conference and Special Forum on Sustainable City Development and Social Housing Construction”(the 10th CUHC) in Shanghai to establish a platform that enabled exchanges and collaborations between industries, government officials, education and academic in housing domain and investigation of peak information and development trend of urban housing and sustainable urban planning and design. Encouraged and organized by CHI, about 20 students from Master of Science in Advanced Environmental Planning Technologies (MAEPT) participated in the conference.


From left to right: Prof. LI Bingren, 國家住建部專家委員會主任; Prof. XU Ronglie, Senior Consultant, Committee of Science & Technology, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, PRC; Mr. LI Xun, General Secretary, China Society of Urban Studies address the opening ceremony

More than 200 experts and professionals from mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan and foreign countries joined in the conference. During the opening ceremony, Prof. LI Bingren, 國家住建部專家委員會主任, delivered the congratulatory message of Prof. QIU Baoxing, Vice Minister, MOHURD, PRC, highly praising the distinguished contribution of China Urban Housing Conferences to the development of housing and urban development in China with best wishes to the 10th CUHC. Prof. XU Ronglie, Senior Consultant, Science & Technology Committee, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, PRC addressed the conference on behalf of Mr. CHU Chuanheng, Advisor of Urban Planning Society of China and Former Vice Minister of Former Ministry of Construction, PRC wishing CUHC will develop vigorously and steadily with flourishing performance. Prof. Tsou Jin Yeu, Director of CHI, introduced the development history of CHI, concluded with the photos of SARS related research in 2003. Prof. Tsou Jin Yeu also elaborated the history of CUHC and disseminated its inheritance and the future. Then, the 10th CUHC started with the keynote speeches delivered by: Mr. LI Xun, General Secretary, China Society of Urban Studies, Ms. Ada FUNG, Deputy Director, Hong Kong Housing Authority, Prof. YANG Rong, 國家住房和城鄉建設部科技與産業化發展中心主任, Prof. CHEN Yang, Deputy Director, Shanghai Real Estate Science Research Institute and Prof. DING Yuh-Chyurn (represented by Ms. CHEN Ya-Fang ), Chinese Culture University.


Group photo of VIPs participated in the 10th CUHC

The 10th CUHC was composited of four parallel sessions according to the topics of “Housing Policy and Housing Industrialization”, “Architecture Technology”, “Urban Planning and Design” and “Housing Policy and Housing Industrialization”. More than 100 paper presentations were organized within the one and a half days among the 4 forums. The authors are well-known experts, graduate students from outstanding institutes and school of urban planning and architecture and government officers who had long terms practical experience and gained remarkable achievements. Depending on the research outcomes, the presenters conveyed multi-dimension analysis to hot issues in related domains. The deep thoughts and unique ideas aroused warm applause.

Among the hundreds of papers, the one that written by Ms. CHAO Ming-Chun, Deputy Director, Center for Housing Innovations (Taipei) and Ms. LI Xiang, Junior Research Assistant, Center for Housing Innovations, was highly spoken of the insightful points of view and advanced technologies application by the other experts and was rated one of the five Best Paper Awards by Review Committee in the 10th CUHC.


Ms. CHAO Ming-Chun, Deputy Director, Center for Housing Innovations (Taipie) received the Best Paper Award

While promoting the development of urban housing, the China Urban Housing Conferences also attach great importance to educate and train young generations in related domains. As an extend part of Best Paper Award, Student Best Paper Award also seeks to encourage and support students’ research work in Chinese and Overseas universities and research unit. The MAEPT programme also encouraged students to submit papers. After strict review and selection, 2 of the 6 MAEPT candidates of the Best Student Paper Award won the award.


2012-13 MAEPT students won the Best Student Paper Award

Under the supports of successive officials of MOHURD, PRC, the China Urban Housing Conferences have been successfully held for 10 times. Accumulated profound academic background and gained the high praise in China and abroad, the CUHC has become the most representative academic event in China urban housing domain. The MSc AEPT students had the opportunity to participate. Through the debriefing reports, it showed that they not only acquired the relative cross-disciplinary knowledge in urban and housing studies, broadened horizons and improved divergent thinking ability, but also learned precious and insightful experience by communicating with experts and scholars. The Programme will follow the fixed teaching objectives and wish all students becomes science and technology oriented talent in urban and rural development and contribute to sustainable living environment after graduation.

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 Center for Housing Innovations (Taipei) Successfully Held the Council for Green Building Evaluation Research in Taiwan Opening Ceremony, 4 July 2013

With the support of Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD), PRC, The Council for Green Building Evaluation Research in Taiwan (CGBER-Taiwan) Opening Ceremony was successfully conducted by Center for Housing Innovations (Taipei) in Shanghai on 4 July 2013. The CGBER-Taiwan will take the mission as a linking bridge that connects the exchanges and collaborations between government officials, industries, education and academic research in the cross-straits area. The students of Master of Science in Advanced Environmental Planning Technologies and School of Architecture, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, had their chance to participate in this memorable event and assisted the preliminary logistic affairs in this event.

Group photo of the Council for Green Building Evaluation Research in Taiwan

Meanwhile, this ceremony was co-hosted by the Science and Technology Committee, (MOHURD), PRC, and Center for Housing Innovations (CHI), the Chinese University of Hong Kong, attracting more than 60 professionals in green building and other related domains in cross-straits areas. The attended experts included but not limited to: (back row from left in the above photo) Ms. ZHOU Yi Xin, Delegate of Mr. HUANG Chi-Ming, Director, Office of Building Administration, Department of Building Affairs of Kaohsiung City Government; Ms. CHEN Ya-Fang, Delegate of Prof. DING Yuh-Chyurn, Chinese Culture University; Mr. LIU Junyue, Vice Director, Shenzhen Institute of Building Research; Prof. CHENG Dazhang, Tongji University; Prof. WANG Wen-An, Tamkang University; Mr. LI Xun, General Secretary of Chinese Society for Urban Studies; Prof. YANG Rong, 國家住房和城鄉建設部科技與産業化發展中心主任; Prof. LI Bingren, 國家住建部專家委員會主任, Mr. Stephen Yim, Chief Architect of Hong Kong Housing Authority; Prof. Hsieh Shang-hsieh, National Taiwan University; Prof. YUAN Bin, Tsinghua University; Prof. LI Yen-Yi, Shu-Te University; (front row from left in the above photo) Ms. GE Caoyan, Shanghai Research Institute of Building Science; Prof. HAN Jihong, Shanghai Research Institute of Building Science; Prof. ZHU Yingxin, Tsinghua University; Prof. WEN Xiu-Ling, Director of Taiwan Intelligent Building Association; Ms. SONG Ling, 國家住房和城鄉建設部科技與産業化發展中心綠色建築發展處副處長; Prof. ZENG Jie, Vice Director, China Academy Of Building Research Architectural Design Institute; Prof. LV Weiya, Nanjing University of Technology; Prof. GE Jian, Zhejiang University etc..

The ceremony began with the opening address by Prof. Tsou Jin Yeu, Director of Center for Housing Innovations, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and chaired by Ms. SONG Ling, Deputy Director, Department of Green Building Development, Center of Science and Technology and Industrialization Development, MOHURD, PRC, and Ms. CHAO Ming-Chun, Deputy Director, Center for Housing Innovations (Taipei). Prof. LI Bingren, 國家住建部專家委員會主任, introduced the brilliant development of green building industry, Prof. YANG Rong, 國家住房和城鄉建設部科技與産業化發展中心主任, introduced the current development of housing industry in China, and Prof. Tsou Jin Yeu, Director of Center for Housing Innovations, the Chinese University of Hong Kong introduced the development plan of CGBER-Taiwan. Later on, Prof. LI Bingren, Prof. YANG Rong, Prof. Tsou Jin Yeu, Prof. WEN Xiu-Ling and Mr. Stephen Yim awarded the letter of appointment to expert committee members and advisory committee members.

Opening Ceremony of the Council for Green Building Evaluation Research in Taiwan

The students who took part in this event not only learned collaboration, communication and coordination in dealing with tasks but also the latest knowledge in the green building domain and acquired practical experience outside the class by communicating with them. This event broadens the horizon of the students and embodied numerous benefits to their future professional development.

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 The International Urban Planning and Design Workshop and Relevant Field Studies at The University of Liverpool and Graz University of Technology, 5-20 April 2013

Under the coordination and guidance of Prof. Tsou Jin Yeu, Director of Center for Housing Innovations, and Prof. Alfred YEUNG, teacher of MSc AEPT, 2012-13 MSc AEPT Students finished their summer visiting school in Europe at April. Inheriting the tradition of Programme, an international urban design and planning workshop is held during summer semester every year. In this academic year, students of course can choose their destination between University of Liverpool and Graz University of Technology to launch an intensive survey on local planning and in the city of Liverpool or Graz with the local architecture students.


Impressive Moments in Workshops

Before they left for Europe, a pre-trip study session was held in CUHK. Students were divided into six groups to collect background information and present their pre-trip study with the themes for the preparation of their study trip. The themes are smart economic, smart mobility, smart governance, smart people, smart living and smart environment.


Students’ Pre-trip Study Reports

During 8-12 April, parts of students attended the workshop at University of Liverpool. They were firstly arranged a site visit to the nearby areas of St. Michael Station. This place was once to be a Chinese Festival Garden and altered into a “Smart City” project. Followed is a four-day design process. Students in 10 groups worked hard to develop their own design plan on the assumption that the site is empty and tried to catch the attentions of professors. The proposed topics widely distributed from sports community to renewal garden which had expressed their own understanding of “Smart City”.


Students in Liverpool Workshop

Besides, during 15-19 April, the other part of students visited the Graz University of Technology and attended the local workshop. The goal of the workshop was to find ways to redevelop this old industrial buildings area and turn it into a “Smart City”. Led by local students from TU Graz, students from MSc AEPT site visited the area near the Graz-Hauptbahnhof (train station) in the first morning. Then, students were allocated into 12 groups to launch their discussion and design on the campus grass for the following next four days.


Students in Graz Workshop

After several days’ discussion and design, a final presentation session was held in both workshops. Each group presented their own findings and concepts of “Smart City” at the final presentation session and released their designs to the local professors, officers as well as teachers from CUHK.


Final Presentation Session held in Workshops

Apart from attended the design workshops, students have their study trip around the cities of Europe including Amsterdam, London, Paris and etc. They observe the urban phenomenon with the theme, including “urban development and competitiveness”, “transportation”, “social and cultural”, “governance and participation” and “environment and natural resources” aspects in the angel of planners. Through this interesting and meaningful summer visiting school, students are expected to learn some useful concepts of environmental planning and eco-city design which they cannot learn in the class. On 8 May, the Programme will organize a presentation session for their study outcomes presentation and experience exchange. Each of them will share his/her unique findings and interesting moments and celebrate their hardworking outcomes. The summer visiting school was successfully completed in a fruitful process.


Students’ Study Trips in European Cities
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 Field Study & Academic Exchange in 2012-13


 Site Visit of Flood Prevention in Northwest New Territories, 8 March 2013

Under the invitation of Prof. TSOU, Director of Center for Housing Innovations (CHI) of CUHK, following the two lectures on the Hydrology Issues Related to Urban Development given by Prof. David CHAN Yongqin on 6 & 21 February 2013, Prof. CHAN led the students of the course Special Topics in Environmental Planning to have a site visit of Flood Prevention in Northwest New Territories on 8 March 2013, aiming to conduct in-depth study about the storm water management and flood prevention in the urban development of Hong Kong.

First, students visited “Flood Prevention Information Center” (FPIC) of the Drainage Services Department (DSD) in San Tin Floodwater Pumping Station. They listened to the introduction given by Ms Chiu, staff of the Drainage Services Department about the flooding history and causes of flooding in Hong Kong and the adopted flood prevention strategy in different territories. The flood prevention programme in Northwest New Territories and North New Territories consist of two main types of projects: river training works and village flood pumping schemes, which the DSD has adopted several flood prevention strategies to mitigate flood problem in urban areas. They are Upgrading Existing System, Flood Storage and Pumping and Tunneling.


Prof. David CHAN Yongqin led students of course Special Topics in Environmental Planning to visit FPIC to listen the Storm water management and flood prevention works of DSD and had a group photo in front of the San Tin Floodwater Pumping Station

Following the guidance of the engineers of DSD, students conducted site visit to the flood prevention projects of DSD, including Yuen Long Bypass Floodway, Engineered Wetland, and Nan Sang Wai Kam Tim River estuary. The Bypass Floodway, which has incorporated a series of environmental design, green channel, and created shallow ponds and wetland at suitable places within the channel, has established an ecologically enriched habitat for the wild birds, amphibians and dragonflies. This new design has benefited a lot for students’ knowledge.


Students conducted site visit to the Yuen Long Bypass Floodway (top), Engineered Wetland (bottom right) and Nam Sang Wai Kam Tim River estuary (bottom left)
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 Site Visit to Urban Renewal Resource Centre (URRC), 25 February 2013

On 25 February 2013, the teacher Prof Stanley YIP and students of the course Landscape Planning and Environmental Application of MSc AEPT Programme conducted a site survey to the Urban Renewal Resource Centre (URRC) to investigate the urban renewal situation and experience in Hong Kong. Officially opened in April 2012, the first URRC, located on Tai Kok Tsui, aims to provide building owners, residents and the public with one-stop service including information about urban renewal and the associated consultation service and assistance.

In the URRC multi-purpose room, Mr. David AU, Senior Manager of Planning and Development Department of Urban Renewal Authority (URA), briefed students of the structure and history of URA, and shared the ideas about urban renewal in Hong Kong and some project experience. Students actively asked questions and discussed with Mr. Au about the implementation and details of flat-for-flat scheme during and after the briefing.


Students pay attention to the briefing on the structure and history of URA at the URRC

After the briefing, Mr. AU led students to the roof garden to overlook the urban renewal projects around the area. Students were also led to the visit the project at Beach Street. The mansion and sub-divided units located across the street from each other brought a very strong visual and intellectual impact.

After the field trip, students developed a more profound understanding about the situation of the urban renewal in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong experience, with addition of the thinking in sustainable planning, benefited a lot for student’s further study and work.


Students observe the urban renewal projects around URRC and had a group photo on the URRC roof garden
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 Center for Housing Innovations Organized MSc AEPT Students to Participate in the International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU) Winter School 2013, 19 January - 2 February 2013

Prof. Tsou Jin Yeu, Director of Center for Housing Innovations and professor of School of Architecture, organized more than 30 students from MSc In Advanced Environmental Planning Technologies Programme to participate in the International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU) Winter School 2013. This event was jointly organized by Center for Housing Innovations, School of Architecture and MSc In Urban Design Programme. It was held during 19 January - 2 February 2013 at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The purpose of this event was to provide a platform for students from various countries and districts to engage in academic exchanges regarding sustainable urban development and environmental planning issues. In this Winter Scool, the case of Hung Shui Kiu New Development Area was selected to raise a series of questions to answered throughout the study and working within the event period. The event has attracted participants from Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, South Korea, Singapore, mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.


Introduction Lectures held on the first day of International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU) Winter School 2013

The next day, students departed from CUHK for the field trip to the public housing in Hong Kong.First, students visited one of the most famous housing public housing in Hong Kong - Wah Fu Estate. After that, students headed to Cyberport Waterfront Park in the south of Hong Kong Island, where all the teachers and students experienced a view of Hong Kong’s waterfront housing and public space design. In the afternoon, students visited Housing Authority Exhibition Center to have an overview over the developing process of Hong Kong public housing construction. Later on, students were divided into four groups to visit four famous public housing estates respectively: Ngau Tau Kok Estate (Ph.2&3), Lam Tin Estate, Sau Mau Ping South Estate and Choi Wan Estate. After this one-day visit, students had a basic understanding of the development of Hong Kong public housing.

On the second day’s field trip, students visited the community and infrastructure around Hung Shui Kiu and Tin Shui Wai. In the field trip, students conducted site survey at the public light rail stations locating at Lam Tei, Hung Shui Kiu and Tin Shui Wai. Students also visited two traditional villages - the Ha Village and Sha Kong Wai Tsai Village to understand the local residents’ living habits, environment and development needs. Then, students headed to visit the container warehouse located between Ping Ha Road and Lau Fau Shan Road to learn about the development of the local logistics industries. In the afternoon, students went to the Lau Fau Shan Seafood Street and had a view from the hill top at the Shenzhen Bay – a boundary area between Hong Kong and Shenzhen. Finally, the field trip ended at the Tin Shui Wai New Town, where students visited local communities to further prepare for the studies in the design workshop in the next step.


Students’ visits to Hung Shui Kiu Station (left) and Tin Shui Wai communities (right)

After the field trips, the design workshop was started and students were divided into 10 groups to discuss and work on a design plan for the future development in Hung Shui Kiu under the 5 topics: “Hung Shui Kiu and Shenzhen Bay”, “Urban Form and Housing”, “Transport Nodes and Public Space”, “New Towns and Community Building” and “Green Building and Neighborhoods”.


Students’ discussion, presentation and hard working moments

On 26 January, the mid-review was held and the 10 groups of students reported their works archieved during these days and presented their concept plans for the future development and the proposed solutions to the social, economical and environmental issues in Hung Sui Kiu.


IFoU Winter School "Hung Sui Kiu" project mid-review

After the presentations, all teachers instructing the IFoU Winter School gave comments on students’ current works and advice for the next design and plan.

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 Visiting School @2012/13 Winter Break at Taiwan was Successfully Hosted by Center for Housing Innovations, 14-21 December 2012

Prof. Tsou Jin Yeu, Director of Center for Housing Innovations (CHI) and MSc in Advanced Environmental Planning Technologies (MSc AEPT) Programme, Professor of School of Architecture, CUHK organized the Visiting School @ 2012/13 Winter Break to Taiwan during 14 - 21 Dec 2012. This Visiting School attracted 40 CUHK students from MSc AEPT, Master of Architecture and MSSc In Public Policy programmes. The entire exchange programme is coordinated by Ms. Chao Ming Chun, Deputy Director of Center for Housing Innovations (Taipei). The purpose of this programme is to nurture their independent critical thinking ability, as well as to facilitate them to explore and understand how sustainable urban design and planning are implemented under different social-cultural backgrounds and natural conditions.

During the Visiting School, a number of academic visits were arranged by Prof. Tsou Jin Yeu and Ms. Chao Ming Chun for students to experience and explore the sustainable social and economic development strategies in Taiwan, including visits to major urban planning and architecture design departments, universities, related city government management units, local planning projects and green buildings. Throughout the academic exchange with experts from above units, students were keen in proposing their observations and opinions thinking and shared with the Taiwan professionals.


During the Taiwan Visiting School, students visited numerous major universities, city governments, local planning projects and green buildings under the arrangement of Prof. Tsou Jin Yeu, Director of CHI and Ms. Chao Ming Chun, Deputy Director of CHI (Taipei)

On the first day’s visit, students were under the guide by Prof. WANG Wen-an, professor of Architecture Department of Tamkang University, to have a tour in the Pavilion of Dreams of Taipei Expo Park to learn its energy-saving design and to experience its thematic activities. In the afternoon, Prof. Tsou Jin Yeu led students’ visit at the Urban Development Department of Taipei city Government and listened a lecture by the officer of the Taipei City Government on Taipei’s experience in sustainable development.


Prof. Tsou Jin Yeu, Director of CHI led students’ visit at Taipei city Government
 
Prof. WANG Wen-an, Professor of Architecture of Department of Tamkang University, guided students’ visit at Pavilion of Dreams of Taipei Expo Park

On the second day, students visited the New Taipei City Government and listened to the lecture introducing the development of New Taipei City. In the afternoon, students attended the first Green Building Evaluation Label Forum in Taiwan organized by the Center for Housing Innovations (Taipei), which attracted a number of green building specialists and academicians from Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong to attend. Through the presentations and lectures in this forum, students acquired cross-regional knowledge and practical experience outside of the classroom.

Students attended the first Green Building Evaluation Label Forum in Taiwan organized by the Center for Housing Innovations

On day 3, students visited National Taiwan University (NTU) for a lecture delivered by Prof. Huang Cho-Ying of Department of Geography and a guided tour by representatives from the Office of International Affairs. After lunch, students departed for the beautiful Ilan country and followed the local architect to visit Yilan County Social Welfare Center, Lotong Culture Industry and Jin-Mei Bridge designed by Sheng-yuan Huang Architects & Planners + Field Office.On day 4, students had an academic visit to Department of Forestry and Natural Resources of National Ilan University (NIU), from where the CUHK group was warmly welcomed by Director Lin Shu-Tzong and his teaching and student teams. Both groups from CUHK and NIU had keen discussions and continued with casual lunch gathering. After that, students headed to Taichung.

Prof. Tsou Jin Yeu, Director of CHI, and Ms. Chao Ming Chun, Deputy Director of CHI (Taipei), led students to visit National Taiwan University
 
Lotung Culture Industry
 
Ms. Chao Ming Chun, Deputy Director of CHI (Taipei), led students to visit National Ilan University

In Taichung, students first arrived at Feng Chia University and listened to the lecture on the Introduction to the development of Taichung given by the professor of Feng Chia University. On the next day, Architect Huang Wen-Chieh led students to have site visit at the local planning and design projects, such as, the Taichung Gateway Park Vision Hall, the Luyuan Road and the 921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan in Nantou County. Students also listened to the introduction of the Taichung Gateway redevelopment project by Prof. Lee Shwu-Ting, Chairman of Architecture Department of Feng Chia University.

Taichung Gateway Park Vision Hall (top left), Luyuan Road (top right) and 921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan in Nantou County (bottom)

During the last three days, students explored the city of Kaohsiung. First, students visited Hengshan Creative Base at the College of Design of Shu-Te University and listened the lecture by Prof. Li Yen-yi of Department of Interior Design and Mr. Yang Chin Fu, Chairman of Kaohsiung Architects association. Students were also offered the opportunity to enjoy a delicate lunch at the Hanging Garden of the Department of Interior Design. Then, Prof. Li Yen-yi guided students’ visit at the Kaohsiung City Dadong Arts Center and students also had a bicycle trip around Cijin district to experience the city’s slow traffic system.

Academic visit at Shu-Te University (left) led by Prof. Tsou Jin Yeu, Director of CHI; Kaohsiung City Dadong Arts Center (right)

The next day, students were arranged to visit the Kaohsiung City Government to listen the lecture given by Mr Huang Chi-Min, Director General of Office of Building Administration, Public Works Bureau of Kaohsiung City Government. Through the lectures, students were aware that Kaohsiung has implemented a number of sustainable development projects in recent years, including the Kaohsiung National Stadium, the Central Park MRT station and Formosa Boulevard MRT station, Kaohsiung City Dadong Arts Center, Kaohsiung Jhongdou Wetlands Park and the planning and construction projects along the Love River, etc. Students also had a site visit to the above-mentioned green buildings and planning projects. Finally, the teachers and students of both CUHK and STU had a farewell dinner to celebrate the successful completion of this 8-day Visiting School @ 2012/13 Winter Break in Taiwan.

Prof. Tsou Jin Yeu, Director of CHI and Ms. Chao Ming Chun, Deputy Director of CHI (Taipei), led students’ visit at Kaohsiung City Government (top left); Kaohsiung Jhongdou Wetlands Park (top right); Kaohsiung National Stadium (bottom left); Formosa Boulevard MRT stations (bottom right)
 
The Visiting School @ 2012/13 Winter Break at Taiwan was successfully completed under the lead of Prof. Tsou Jin Yeu and the arrangement of Ms. Chao Ming Chun. Students are ready to fly back Hong Kong with loads of good memories, professional knowledge and valuable experiences
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 Center for Housing Innovations Successfully Held the 1st Green Building Evaluation Label Forum in Taipei, Taiwan, 15 December 2012

In order to actively promote green building development and green energy-saving concept, under the supporting of STC, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, PRC, Center for Housing Innovations (Taipei) together with CUHK MSc. Advanced Environmental Planning Technologies and MSSc. Housing Studies programmes co-hosted the 1st Green Building Evaluation Label Forum in Taipei on 15 December 2012. The purpose of this event was to establish a platform for the communication and cooperation between green building industry and academic fields in mainland China and Taiwan. It is an important milestone in the history of Green Building Evaluation Label development.

Group photo between CUHK students and distinguished guests in the 1st Green Building Evaluation Label Forum in Taiwan

The forum attracted over 150 experts and scholars in green building and relevant fields to attend, including representatives from mainland China: Mr. Yang, Vice Chairman of China Association of Building Energy Efficiency and Director of STC, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD), PRC; Ms. Song, Director of Green Building Evaluation Label Management Office, STC, MOHURD , PRC; Dr. Ma, Chief Engineer of Green Building Evaluation Label Management Office, STC, MOHURD , PRC; Mr. Xu, Director of CMC, (Wu Jin) Green Building Industry Demonstration District, MOHURD, PRC; Mr. Yang, Director of New Technologies Institute, Shanghai Research Institute of Building Science (Group) Co., Ltd.; Mr. Shi, Assistant General Manager of Vanke Co., Ltd. and Mr. Su, General Manager of Shenzhen Wonderland-Time Co., Ltd., etc.; and representatives from Taiwan: Prof. Ding, Commissioner of Department of Urban Development of Taipei City Government; Mr. Huang and Mr. Su, Director of Public Works Bureau, Kaohsiung City Government; Mr. Xu, CEO of Taiwan Architecture and Building Center; Mr. Wan, Chairman of Taiwan Intelligent Building Association; Mr. Yang, Chairman of Kaohsiung Architects Association; Mr. Chan, Architect of Eco-land Co., Ltd.; Mr. Chong, Architect of 南榮開發建築股份有限公司; Mr. Tsai, Architect of EDS Group; Prof. Wang, Professor of School of Architecture of Tamkang University and Prof. Li, Dean of Research and Development Office of Shu-Te University.

Prof. Tsou Jin Yeu, Director of Center for Housing Innovations, Professor of School of Architecture, CHUK and Director of MSc AEPT Programme welcomed the attendance of all the distinguished guests. After that, Prof. Ding, Commissioner of Department of Urban Development of Taipei City Government, delivered a speech entitled “Green Building Development and Promotion Achievement in Taipei” and introduced the present situation of green building development in Taipei; followed by Mr. Yang, he gave a speech named “Green Building Development and Future Vision in Mainland China” and introduced the present situation of green building development in mainland China; Then, Ms. Song continued to introduce the system of Green Building Evaluation Label in mainland China; reaching the climax of the forum, Prof. Tsou Jin Yeu delivered talks of the development background and technologies research of Center for Housing Innovations (Taipei) and the Application for Green Building Evaluation Label Training and Expert Certification; Finally, Mr. Xu, Mr. Yang, Mr. Shi, and Mr. Su introduced the industry development and expansion plans and shared their experience with other experts in the forum.


Forum session of the 1st Green Building Evaluation Label Forum in Taiwan

Based in the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Center for Housing Innovations has dedicated great efforts to the discipline construction and student training related to the green building area. This forum was also one of the important components of CUHK MSc Advanced Environmental Planning Technologies and MSSc Housing Studies (planned) programmes. Through this forum, the 40 students from MSc AEPT, MSSc MPUP and MArch of CUHK can gain a great deal of cross-regional practical experience and professional knowledge outside of the classroom.

The success of the 1st Green Building Evaluation Label Forum in Taiwan promoted the concept of green building and provided an important opportunity for the communication and experience exchange between experts and scholars from mainland China and Taiwan. The forum may act as a platform for further cooperation of companies, associations and chamber of commerce in green building and relevant fields. The Center for Housing Innovations will continue to contribute to the promotion of Green Building Evaluation Label and Green Building development in Asia-Pacific region.

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 Site Visit to Wan Chai Community, 1 December 2012

Site-visits to Wan Chai Community has been a regular teaching content in the ESGS 5021 course syllabus, aiming at showing students the local urban regeneration and public participatory planning projects in Hong Kong.

This site-visit consisted of two parts. First, Prof. Alfred YEUNG took the students for a tour of two recreation parks, which involved resident participation in the design process. There is one located at Luen Fat Street and one at Tai Wong Street East. These two recreational spaces were redesigned by voluntary architects and residents, coordinated by St. James' Settlement, a local NGO. The residents were involved in the whole design process and the experts helped the residents with visualisation through 3D models. The final outcome open spaces representing demands of residents of different ages. The students not only learned concept of public-participatory sustainable planning, but also heard about the process, the methodology and how to communicate and cooperate with residents who do not have any professional background.


Prof. Alfred YEUNG took the students for a tour of two recreation parks

The students heard from St. James' Settlement the development background of the Blue House, the project from conception to end. The best feature of Blue House Revitalization project is “retaining people with the house”. The old inhabitants meet every week to discuss the need and future of Blue House regeneration.

The students also had the opportunity of a guided tour of the Blue House and talk to the residents who provided them first local living experience and history of the building and the community.

Prof. Alfred YEUNG and the MSc AEPT students in the field trip to Blue House and Wan Chai recreation parks with group photo
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 Site Visit to EKEO, 22 November 2012

On 22 November 2012, the course teacher, Prof. Benny Chow, and students of the course Scientific Simulation conducted a site survey to “Energizing Kowloon East Office” in Kwun Tong Area and exchanged ideas with the officers and students from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

The Energizing Kowloon East Office (EKEO) was inaugurated on 7 June 2012 to steer, supervise, oversee and monitor the development of Kowloon East with a view to facilitate its transformation into another premier CBD of Hong Kong to support her economic growth and strengthen her global competitiveness.

The students of the course Scientific Simulation are currently committed to carry out scientific simulation of microclimate environment for the specific districts of Kowloon East Development Project. It’s a good opportunity for the students to get further information about the project.

First, officers from EKEO gave a presentation to the audience about the details of the development of Kowloon East and the duties of EKEO. Then, the officers answered the questions listed by the students of Scientific Simulation course. The officers were delighted that the students had put forward so many thoughtful questions to improve their work, and promised to provide support to the study of the students.


Students listening carefully to the presentation by the officer

The EKEO Temporary Office is located near the junction of Hoi Bun Road and How Ming Street, which is in close proximity to both Kai Tak Development and the business areas within Kowloon East. The two-story office itself has applied several sustainable design methods. During the presentation, the officers introduced the sustainable designs for this architecture, such as the ventilation, lighting, rainwater collecting system, etc. Students were impressed by the technologies and design of this architecture. The EKEO Temporary Office has obtained the authentication to be the first platinum-class temporary architecture with the highest level of building condition. After the presentation, the officers showed the students around the building and had further discussion about the project with the students.


The officer showed students around in the office

Students observing the rainwater collecting system

After this visit, students acquired in-depth understanding of the Kowloon East Developing Project, which facilitated their work on the course project of the scientific simulation of microclimate environment for the Kowloon East Development Project.


Group photo of the course teacher and students of the Scientific Simulation course at the entrance of EKEO
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 Visiting School @ Winter Break 2012/13, Taiwan

In mid December 2012, the Visiting School @ Winter Break 2012/13 to Taiwan will be arranged, in which MSc AEPT students will travel with students from architecture and public policy backgrounds to conduct an overseas study and site survey. Students will learn together through lectures and workshops at major universities and city governments as well as site visits at local planning and design projects and architecture, in order to accumulate practical experiences in sustainable urban development. Universities and institutions which will be visited include Taipei City Government, Kaohsiung City Government, National Taiwan University, National Ilan University, Shu-Te University, Tamkang University, Feng Chia University, etc.



 Field Study & Academic Exchange in 2011-12
 

  The International Urban Planning and Design Workshop and Relevant Field Studies at the University of Liverpool, Britain, April 22 - May 10, 2012  

  米埔自然保護區參觀考察, 20120317日  

  Liverpool University Senate, Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Vision and Local Business Community are to Receive MSc AEPT Students for the Joint-University International Urban Planning and Design Workshop at the School of Architecture, University of Liverpool  

  Joint-University International Urban Planning and Design Workshop at the School of Architecture, University of Liverpool, 22 April - 10 May 2012  

  Academic Team and Students from Center for Housing Innovations and School of Architecture were Invited to Visit Harbin Institute of Technology, December 2011  

  “Cross-Strait Architectural Workshop” and Related Academic Activities, 14-20 December 2011  

  Field Trip to the Blue House and Recreation Parks in Wanchai, 10 December 2011  

  Singapore Academic Exchange and Study Field Trip, September 2011  

  IGBC 2011, 13-16 September 2011  

 The Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) of the Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC), 15 September 2011  

  Academic visit at the National University of Singapore (NUS), 15 September 2011  
 
 

 Field Study & Academic Exchange in 2010-11
 

  Taiwan Sustainable Development Study and Site Survey, May 2011  
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