Informal Market Worlds II Forum


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Next Thursday, November 8th, Go West will participate in the two-day Informal Market Worlds II Forum, a research forum on the trading places of urban informality, co-organised by the University of Hong Kong’s Shanghai Study Centre and the FWF Science Fund research project Other Markets.

Urban villages can be seen as fascinating examples of urban informality; places were bottom-up initiatives mingle with top-down regulations. On Thursday Daan Roggeveen will provide a general overview of the mechanisms behind China’s urban villages and share the story of Mr Sun – a former farmer who found his own way in dealing with the encroaching city. Afterwards, Brechtje Spreeuwers will identify current pressure points in the development of urban villages and thereupon show alternative guidelines for development, based on a case study of an urban village in Chongqing. Besides these two lectures of Go West, other interesting programs and lectures are also planned for Thursday and Friday. All lectures are public, so please find the detailed program underneath and hope to see you next week at the Shanghai Study Center of HKU.

Thursday November 8th, 2012
13:00 Welcome
13:15 Opening remarks
Pascal Berger, Director HKU/Shanghai Study Center

13:30 Informal Market Worlds, Introduction
Peter Mörtenböck, Helge Mooshammer, TU Vienna & Goldsmiths College, University of London

14:45 The Market & the Territory
Bert de Muynck, MovingCities / HKU-SSC

15:30 break

16:00 How the City Moved to Mr Sun
Daan Roggeveen, Go West Project / HKU-SSC

17:00 Fate or Free Will? Yudaishan urban village in Chongqing, a case study
Brechtje Spreeuwers

18:00 break

18:30 Pirate Media Markets: From national to recycled modernity
Lawrence Liang

19:30 Domestic Helper: Mapping a critical spatial occupation of Hong Kong CBD
Valerie Portefaix & Laurent Gutierrez, MAP Office Hong Kong

Friday November 9th, 2012

16:00   Beyond Improvement – How the informal challenges our notion of practice
panel discussion with all speakers
chaired by Matias Viegener, Fallen Fruit, Los Angeles

More information about the program and venue can be found at:

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