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Seminar: Newcastle City Futures: An Urban Room with the City

  • HKIP Office Unit 201, 2/F, Prosperity Millennia Plaza, 663 King’s Road, North Point, Hong Kong (map)

About the Seminar:

As cities become more complex, we often struggle to make sense of change. At the same time, the ways in which governments and researchers engage and interact with citizens and create dialogues are being stretched. As a response to these concerns, in 2014, a group of people at Newcastle University's School of Architecture Planning and Landscape in the UK initiated an innovative city-wide participatory method in Newcastle and Gateshead. Their inspiration was partly a response to Sir Terry Farrell's recent call for every city to have its own "urban room", and to assess whether urban change could be communicated through more visual means such as models, photography and film. "Newcastle City Futures" was a successful exhibition set as a backdrop to a rich programme of discussions, debates, launches, jointly hosted by the University and the University's partners, which aimed to engage different communities in discussion about the city's change and renewal. This seminar tells the story of Newcastle City Futures and argues for a prominent place-sensitive role for the civic university.


About the Speaker:

Mark Tewdwr-Jones is Professor in the School of Architecture Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University. His research interests are in urban and regional planning, spatial governance, city futures, and the representation of places. He has published 14 books, over 50 international peer-review journal papers, and given over 200 speeches worldwide. He has been advisor to UK government and other cities internationally. He is a Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute and is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences. He is currently leading projects funded by UK Government Office for Science, EPSRC, and the Smith Institute.


Date: 30 April 2015 (Thur)


Time: 6:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


Language: English


Venue: HKIP Office (Unit 201, 2/F, Prosperity Millennia Plaza, 663 King’s Road, North Point, Hong Kong)


Registration deadline: 24 April 2015 (Friday)


*The seminar is free of charge. The seminar is equivalent to 1.5 CPD hours


Reply Slip:



For registration, please send a reply email to HKIP ( stating your Full Name, Membership Number, Contact Number and Email, or by returning the reply slip attached to HKIP office (Fax: (852) 2915 7616). Participation to the event is on first-come-first-served basis.