Global Design Studio in the Age of Pandemics

Thursday June 25, 2.00 - 3.30 pm CET
Series 2 (June) - Webinar 4

This webinar is part of the initiative '2020: A Year without Public Space under the COVID-19 Pandemic'.

>>> Read the summary of this webinar

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced architecture, design and planning schools and universities around the world to pause face-to-face teaching and shift to online learning platforms, with students, professors and researchers bound to their places of residence. In addition to the effects on traditional studio teaching, this situation affects particularly programmes which offer alternative learning formats, in which students travel to remote places to experience different cities, cultures, and landscapes. With new digital technologies and the ever-expending range of online resources for remote research, learning, and design, the so-called Global Design Studio has now migrated online. Academic partners across the world are currently engaged in building comparative frameworks and design parameters for organizing such remote studios. On the one hand, absence of travelling will have a desirable environmental impact. On the other hand, questions related to conducting remote research or intervening in an unknown place bring practical as well as ethical dilemmas we are all confronted with. Given the trajectory of the current pandemic, and the likelihood of new ones emerging, remote Global Design Studio might become a permanent feature of design and planning schools.

This webinar focuses on the learning format of remote global design studios and discusses challenges and opportunities. It also discusses one experiment with a global design studio which was launched as part of the initiative: 2020: A Year without Public Space under the COVID19 Pandemic, by design programmes in Auckland, Hong Kong, and New York in collaboration with City Space Architecture and The Journal of Public Space, with the aim to develop new formats for new global online public space learning programmes. It also reflects on what can be learned for such programmes from innovative approaches in remote ethnography and innovative design approaches.


Welcome address
Luisa Bravo, City Space Architecture & The Journal of Public Space, Italy


Moderation and introduction

Hendrik Tieben, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, School of Architecture, Hong Kong
Auckland, Hong Kong and New York collab studio
Miodrag Mitrasinovic, Parsons The New School, New York, USA
Features and attributes of the remote global studio, parameters for comparative frameworks for a global study of public space



Terri Tan,The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong & Sian Singh, Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand
Workshop presentation

Stephanie Cheung
, iDiscover, Hong Kong
Georgeen Theodore, Interboro Partners, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA
Setha Low, Public Space Research Group, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, USA



Ali Madanipour, Global Urban Research Unit (GURU), Newcastle University, United Kingdom
Manfredo Manfredini, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Annabel Pretty, Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand


Round table discussion



>>> Recorded video of the webinar

All our webinars are recorded and are available on the Youtube channel of our publisher City Space Architecture.
Watch this one and our future videos on City Space Architecture's Youtube playlist '2020: A Year without Public Space under the COVID-19 Pandemic'