Asian Cities Exploration Seminars: Hong Kong, Seoul, Taipei, Tokyo

This early-fall traveling seminar engages in a comparative study of the urban landscapes of two Asian cities. Since 2007, the program has visited Hong Kong, Seoul, Taipei, and Tokyo. Specifically, the program investigates how the urban forms and processes of dense and rapidly growing Asian cities support the everyday life of their millions of residents and workers; how they reflect their distinct urban culture; and how they function as complex and hybrid urban systems.

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Field Community Design Studios

Field Community Design Studios enable students to work with local communities to address a variety of environmental and developmental issues. In Quanzhou and Sichuan, China, as well as Meinung, Taiwan, UW students and faculty collaborated with local partners including universities, public agencies, non-profit organizations, and local residents to develop proposals for revitalizing historic neighborhoods, addressing impacts of tourism and urbanization, and improve infrastructure to support environmental sustainability.

Taoping Field Studio (BE Lab 2009):
Meinung Field Studio (2005):
Quanzhou Field Studios (2004):

Global Classrooms Studios

In 2003 and 2004, with funding from the Hewlett Foundation and the University of Washington, the Department hosted two joint design studios in collaboration with the Department of Landscape Architecture in Chiba University, Japan, and the Department of Architecture at Tamkang University, Taiwan. The two studios focused on cross-cultural design collaboration involving undergraduate Landscape Architecture students both sides. Using the Internet, students worked together to develop urban design proposals respective local neighborhoods facing similarly challenging issues of urbanization and development. The similarities of issues and the differences in social and cultural contexts provided a rich setting for exploring cross-cultural design collaboration and understanding of global and local spatial processes.