Parks / Recreation / Play / Sports Facility Design

Education Session - Panel Format

FRI-A07 - Changing Chinatowns: Placemaking and Placekeeping

Friday, October 19
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: 117


Participatory design is critical for community development, both in developing political capacity and creating enduring places for local communities. In this session, the presenters share the processes behind developing a new generation of Chinatown parks in San Francisco, Seattle, and Boston and address their cultural, social, site, and design challenges.

Learning Objectives:

Jeffrey Hou, ASLA

Professor of Landscape Architecture
University of Washington

Jeffrey Hou is Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington, Seattle. His work centers on design activism and civic participation with a particular focus on engaging marginalized social groups in planning, design and placemaking. Hou is recognized for his pioneering work on guerrilla urbanism and bottom-up placemaking, with collaborative publications including Insurgent Public Space: Guerrilla Urbanism and the Remaking of Contemporary Cities (2010), Transcultural Cities: Border-Crossing and Placemaking (2013), and Design as Democracy: Techniques for Collective Creativity (2017). He received his PhD and M Arch from University of California, Berkeley and MLA from the University of Pennsylvania.


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Kongjian Yu, FASLA

Kongjian Yu, FASLA DDes, Harvard GSD, President and Principal Designer
Turenscape & College of Architecture and Landscape, Peking University

Kongjian Yu is the founder of the College of Architecture and Landscape, and pioneering design firm Turenscape. His forward-thinking research on “ecological security patterns” and “sponge cities” has been adopted by the Chinese government as the guiding theory for national land use planning and the eco-city campaign. He has won numerous international awards for his ecologically and culturally sensitive projects, including twelve ASLA Excellence and Honor Awards. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016. In 2017 he received the Doctor Honoris Causa in Landscape and Environment from the Sapienza University of Rome.


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Jennifer Ng, ASLA

Jennifer Ng, RLA, Associate
CMG Landscape Architecture

Jennifer is a landscape architect and community designer. She sees landscape architecture as a series of opportunities to inspire people to be stewards of the environment, rather than a series of engineered environments. To her, the most successful and inspiring places are those that balance design for art, design for nature, and design for people. Her projects include Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, Willie “Woo Woo” Wong Playground, and the Crissy Refresh project series. Jennifer was raised equally in rural New York and Chinatown, Manhattan. As such, she has a deep appreciation for the lifestyles and landscapes that accompany both environments.


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Jim Lee, FASLA

SWA Group

Jim Lee, FASLA, is a principal of SWA Group’s San Francisco office. Over the past 40 years, Jim has designed sites that honor the qualities of their locations and value the eccentric characteristic aspirations of their programs. This is most evident in his mixed-use programs in the western U.S. and Asia, where he embraces a modern sensibility in resolving site characteristics with program to create livable places. Jim was born in the San Francisco Chinese Hospital and raised in the Chinatown community. Jim is passionate about working on the Portsmouth Square Improvement Project as it is heart of his community.


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