School of Architecture, CUHK

2020 A Year without Public Space: Reflections and Outlook online Symposium

Date & Time

06.11.2020 07.11.2020

COVID-19 completely changes our world, our work, our school and our daily life routine. It also changes the public space where we for the first time have to stay away from during lockdown. At the same time, new spaces emerge, bike lanes, pedestrianized zones, pop-up installations, eateries and street stalls have found their ways in many cities. With such context, School of Architecture at CUHK has commenced cross-country and -sector research with the University of Sydney and the University of Auckland with the support from Worldwide Universities Network (WUN). In parallel, Hendrik Tieben (CUHK) and Luisa Bravo (City Space Architecture) jointly developed and curated the initiative “2020: A Year without Public Space under the COVID-19 Pandemic”. The initiative hosted 20 webinars inviting experts and practitioners to share their experiences and insights on extensive topics related to public space.

Coming to the end of 2020, this international symposium is the culmination point of both initiatives, as well as a time to look back, reflect and plan ahead for 2021, particularly in the aspects of Cities & Health, Digital Public Space, Innovative & Creative Approaches, and Campus as Public Space. Learn more and register at


Nov 6 (Fri)

09:15am 【Reframing the Role of Public Space in the Age of Pandemics】

11:00am 【Emergence of Digital Public Space – harnessing the power of data】

01:45pm 【Cities and Health – Governmental and institutional roles in building resilient communities】

05:15pm 【Innovative Approaches and Creative Practices】

08:00pm【Key Panel: Campus as Public Space in the Age of Pandemics】


Nov 7 (Sat)

09:00am 【Cities and Health – Role of research and design in creating sustainable and healthy cities】

10:45am 【Cities and Health – Creating Healthy Neighborhoods】

01:15pm 【Cities and Health – Combating health disparities in high density and informal communities】

03:00pm 【Roundtable Discussion and Closing Remarks: 2020 Reflection and outlook after a year without public space】

04:45pm 【Virtual Hong Kong Public Space Tour】

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