About the Book
In the summer of 2013, the Tejido Group from the University of Arizona / CAPLA assembled a group of volunteer students from both Schools of Architecture and Landscape Architecture to develop an urban redevelopment master plan for the former International airport of Hong Kong - KAI TAK in East Kowloon Harbor. The project illustrated a collaborative and interdisciplinary effort among our faculty and students from the University of Arizona. Our design team was graciously hosted by the Chinese University of Hong Kong throughout the four week duration of the project. CUHK faculty and students assisted us greatly in adapting to, and in better understanding the many complex social, economic and environmental issues confronting us in this fascinating project. With strong support from CUHK and their School of Architecture, the students, professors, and all others involved experienced unique design challenges resulting in experiences which fostered both academic and personal growth. This urban redevelopment project for KAI TAK has evolved into an attempt to develop a multi-pronged approach to the revitalization and conservation of the wonderfully complex urban and natural environment in need of open space, environmental remediation and an array of urban functions - housing, commercial and recreational. We sincerely hope that this “sustainable urban development prototype” may assist the East Kowloon area of Hong Kong in it’s revitalization efforts. The area has immense potential. With very special thanks to CUHK and our gracious host Patrick Hwang we offer the following as a brief summary of the design and planning outcomes resulting from this summer’s odyssey in Hong Kong.
For the past twenty-five years the Tejido Group has developed interdisciplinary and collaborative applied research programs in which faculty and professionals in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Planning work side by side with University graduate and undergraduate students in an apprenticeship-style professional learning environment. We are also an international experience and have collaborated on projects in Europe, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, and the United States.