Hendrik Tieben
Ying-Fen Chen


The resilience of Hong Kong’s residents was tested by many crises, from the early Bubonic Plague (1894), to the 2002-03 SARS epidemic, and the current fight for political rights and struggle to cope with the COVID-19 epidemic. The concept of “resilience” was introduced by Holling, in 1973 to comprehend the capacity of ecosystems dealing with the alternation of stability and perturbation. Later, other scholars developed the concept further by adapting it to varied scales of social and ecological systems. On the basis of their studies, two essential attributes—adaptability and transformability—were identified assessing a system’s capability of being resilient. These two abilities are also crucial for the resilience of communities.


How to Cite
Tieben, H. and Chen, Y.-F. (2021) “Hong Kong’s Bishop Hill Community: a Place of Recovery and Hope”, The Journal of Public Space, 6(2). doi: 10.32891/jps.v6i2.1630.
Author Biographies

Hendrik Tieben, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Hendrik TIEBEN is an architect, researcher and educator devoted to the creation of healthy and inclusive cities. He is a Professor and Director of the School of Architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He joined CUHK in 2006 and previously served as the Founding Director of the Master of Science in Urban Design programme, and Associate Director of the B.S.Sc. in Urban Studies programme. Prof. Tieben received his architecture education in Germany, Italy and Switzerland and holds a Doctor of Science degree from ETH Zurich. He is a registered architect in Germany (AKNW) and a Founding Member and academic advisor of the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design.
His research focuses on public space, placemaking and community empowerment, and was published in a range of international journals. Since 2013, he developed the project series "Magic Carpet”, which engages residents in the co-creation of community spaces. 

Ying-Fen Chen, National Taipei University of Technology

Ying-Fen CHEN is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture, National Taipei University of Technology. She holds a PhD degree at UC-Berkeley. She has participated in some urban justice movements in Taiwan since 2006. Her academic interests include cinematic urbanism, filmic tourism, participatory planning, and community design in Taiwan and Hong Kong.