Models (or missteps) for the world?
During the first decade of the 2000s, more than 200 million people moved from rural to urban areas of East Asia, one of the largest migrations in recorded human history.
The continued rise of Asian ‘mega-cities” has created many challenges, and the negative possibilities of these dense urban areas provide one view of a dystopian future. However, a mixture of governmental and private actors in China, South Korea, and Japan are working to develop new models to tackle issues of public transportation, provision of services, air pollution, overcrowding, natural disaster response, and more.
Goals and Objectives
Learn about threats to the natural and man-made world and how those threats might be minimized.
Learn how to use systems thinking and scenario planning to see how population demographics are dictating the future of urban life.
Inspire students to strive to understand threats to the natural environment and innovation methods to minimize those threats.
Inspire students to use critical reasoning skills to create the future that they want.
The original ‘entrepot’, Hong Kong’s world-famous skyline provides the perfect entryway into learning about how architectural innovation has responded to the limits of geographic space.
We focus on air pollution in Beijing, meeting with representatives from the National Meterological offices as well as ordinary citizens to learn about how they alter their lifestyles according to the breathability of the surrounding environment.
Receiving acclaim as “World Design Capital 2010”, Seoul’s metropolitan government has taken several initiatives to improve the functioning and liveability of their city, including ‘greenspacing’ out several highways and moving governmental offices to a separate urban area. We review these changes firsthand, seeing the promises (and shortcomings) of Seoul’s architectural innovations.
The organization of Japanese society to prioritize efficiency has fostered incredible growth, giving rise to a highly- developed society that is exemplified by the remarkable public transportation system.
We trace the patterns of urbanization and development in Hong Kong, focusing on the massive changes to public housing from the 1950s to the current era as well as the re-purposing of administrative and police buildings from the British colonial eras.
We explore how population density has sparked a wider diversity of cuisines as well as highly specialized mechanisms for feeding large groups efficiently.