Donnerstag, 25. April 2024, 17:00 - 18:30 iCal

Guest Lecture by Dr. Vivien Chan

The Pitch and the Module: hawkers and markets in designing post-war Hong Kong's New Towns public housing estates


SIN 1, at the Department for East Asian Studies/Chinese Studies, Altes AKH, Campus
Spitalgasse 2, Yard 2, Entrance 2.3, 1090 Vienna


This lecture will present Chan’s research on '"A colony of shopkeepers": space of consumption in Hong Kong's New Towns public housing estates, 1954-1989'. It will focus on two of the four spaces explored in the work: the hawker pitch, and modular and multi- storey markets. Taking a non-linear design historical approach, it articulates the development of Hong Kong through the city’s relationship to consumption practices and processes in the housing estate. In the case of the hawker pitch and the modular market, the links between the constant suppression of hawkers in the post-war period with the design aesthetics and approaches to the market offers an insight into the colonial vision of the urban landscape and the ways that people in Hong Kong resisted and appropriated these ideas.

Vivien Chan is a design historian and educator based in Nottingham, UK. She recently completed her PhD in History, as part of the Cultures of Occupation in Twentieth Century Asia project directed by Dr Jeremy Taylor, at the University of Nottingham. She is also a lecturer in design studies and illustration at Nottingham Trent University.

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Department of Eastasien Studies/Sinology, University of Vienna


Dr. Liza Wing Man Kam
Department of East Asian Studies