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Magic Carpet. Re-envisioning Community Space in Hong Kong


Magic Carpet was launched in 2013 by Hendrik Tieben of the School of Architecture and Anthony Fung of the School of Journalism and Communication at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, as an outreach program combining documentation of daily life, community engagement and urban design. The project was first held in Sai Ying Pun in 2013 and was subsequently brought to Tin Shui Wai (2014) and To Kwa Wan (2016).
Magic Carpet transforms a public space into an outdoor cinema in which movies about the neighbourhood are shown. The movies are produced by local secondary school students, following a series of workshops that prepare them to conduct video-interviews with the community.
At Magic Carpet, community members and the general public interact with each other, building a stronger bond between themselves while empowering them to re-envision the possibilities of public space together.
Pages:151 to 154
Section: Viewpoint
How to Cite
Tieben, H. (2016) “Magic Carpet. Re-envisioning Community Space in Hong Kong”, The Journal of Public Space, 1(1), pp. 151-154. doi:

Author Biography

The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong Hong Kong
Hendrik Tieben is an architect, urban designer, and Associate Professor at the School of Architecture of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He received his architectural education in Germany, Italy and Switzerland.
In his doctoral dissertation at ETH Zurich he studied the relationship of architecture, history, memory and identity in context of the German reunification. At CUHK, Professor Tieben teaches urban design, theory and criticism. His research focuses on issues of rapid urbanization, urban regeneration, heritage, and identity. Hendrik Tieben is a Founding Member and Academic Advisor of the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design, a registered architect in Germany (AKNW), and has practiced in Europe and Asia. In his current research, Professor Tieben focuses on urban transformation, heritage and identity in Hong Kong and Macau.
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