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Seminar: "Designing Public Space: Theatricality and Delight"

  • City Gallery 3 Edinburgh Place Central, Hong Kong Island Hong Kong (map)

The Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design together with The Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects cordially invites you to join the Seminar on Designing Public Space: Theatricality and Delight on Monday, 21 September 2015.  Event details as follows:


Date: Monday, 21 September 2015

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Venue: Multi-purpose Hall, 3/F, City Gallery, 3 Edinburgh Place, Central, Hong Kong




Peter Cookson Smith, President of HKIUD

Keynote Speaker

Designing Public Space: Theatricality and Delight
James Corner, founding principal of James Corner Field Operations

Talking points

·         cities and public spaces;

·         public participation;

·         cities and waterfronts;

·         Seattle central waterfront;

·         New York"s high line;

·         Chicago"s Navy Pier;

·         London"s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Discussion Panelists

Moderator: Paul Hart (Knight Frank)


Discussion Panelists

- Stefan Krummeck, MHKIUD, Director, TFP Farrells Limited
- Oren Tatcher, MHKIUD, Principal, OTC Planning & Design

- Matthew Pryor, FHKILA; Head of the Division of Landscape Architecture,  Assistant      Professor, Faculty of Architecture, HKU

- Gavin Coates, FHKILA, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Architecture, HKU



Speaker’s Bio

James Corner, founding principal of James Corner Field Operations


James Corner is a leading landscape architect of international renown. Based in New York City, his projects include the widely-acclaimed High Line in New York; Seattle’s Central Waterfront; Tongva Park in Santa Monica; London’s South Park at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park; Chicago’s Navy Pier; and Qianhai, a new city for 2-million people in Shenzhen, China.  His work is renowned for strong contemporary design across a variety of project types and scales, from large urban districts and complex post-industrial sites, to small well-crafted, detail design projects.  There is a special commitment to the design of a vibrant and dynamic public realm, informed by the ecology of both people and nature.   He is also professor of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, and author of “The Landscape Imagination” (Princeton Architectural Press, 2014) and “Taking Measures Across the American Landscape” (Yale, 1996). His work has been published and exhibited internationally, and he has been recognized with significant design awards, including the National Design Award; the American Academy of Arts and Letters; and the Daimler-Chrysler Award for Design Innovation.  He has been featured in the New York Times, Time Magazine, Wallpaper, Esquire, Monocle, and Metropolis, and was named one of Fast Company’s “Top Innovators.”  He currently serves on the Board of the Forum for Urban Design.


Continuing Professional Development (CPD) equivalent hours : 2 hours


Free Admission. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. RSVPs will be accommodated on a first come first served basis.


For more details, please refer to the attached event poster. All members who are interested, please register via our Administrative Officer, Ms. Cherry Lau at 2530 8135 or e-mail to on or before 17 September 2015(Thursday). Successful registration will be informed separately. Thank you.