Hong Kong Water Protectors (2021-2022) at HKU


Malcolm Koo, Hung Shing Yeh Beach, Lamma Island, HK, 2011.

How will we protect Hong Kong Waters?
As a designer, your brief is to protect Hong Kong waters. You will investigate the: 1. environmental and scientific → Citizen Science 2. cultural and spiritual → Ritual 3. social and economic dimensions → Business value of water. You will produce your own design in one of the vertical.

Course Title: Ideas DESN1001

  • Subtitle: “Hong Kong Water Protectors”, Designing New Relationships With Hong Kong Waters
  • Teacher: Cesar Jung-Harada | Enrolment / Quota: 20
  • Schedule: Thursday, 16:30 – 18:20 in KB417 | Office hours: Friday, 18:20 - 19:00 in KB417

Student’s works

Student’s works


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Course Readings

Required Readings

  1. "Hong Kong Connection Consuming Contaminants?" RTHK 香港電台, Jan 2019: youtube.com/watch?v=q_Y8UnBpC-A
  2. "8 Things You Should Know About Hong Kong Water", By China Water Risk, Jan 2012: chinawaterrisk.org/resources/analysis-reviews/8-things-you-should-know-about-hong-kong-water/
  3. "Are Future Water Wars Inevitable?" Doha Debates, Oct 2019: youtube.com/watch?v=cSxUqCQnKTk
  4. “Napaġiak Dalee Sambo Dorough's Declaration for Salmon Nation” Salmon Nation, Jul, 2020: youtube.com/watch?v=EfvSKHNnDvM&feature=share
  5. "What is the Blue Revolution?", Atlas Pro, Dec 2020, youtube.com/watch?v=tBVXenVpfVM
  6. "The Problem with Conservation" Extinction Rebellion DE, Jan 16, 2021: https://youtu.be/jOjAtHw94gI

Suggested Readings

  1. "Lessons from Jeju | Freediving and Motherhood with Kimi Werner" Patagonia, May 11, 2020: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4jLplyxXqI
  2. "The teen fighting to protect Canada's water — meet Autumn Peltier" CBC News, March 22, 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqdE_7OZaqE
  3. “ Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, as published by Milkweed Editions, 2013: https://longwoodgardens.org/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/Discussion_And_Question_Guide_Braiding_Sweetgrass.pdf
  4. “Salmon Nation” https://salmonnation.net/stories

Citizen Science, Technology

  1. "Public Lab in 30 seconds | Public Lab" Public Lab, 2013: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJjz7ULFtv8
  2. "How Israel became a leader in water use in the Middle East" PBS NewsHour, 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taMWUjda3fA
  3. "Tseung Kwan O Desalination Plant": https://www.tkodesal.hk/page.php?pkey=2
  4. "Atrapanieblas, Fog as a Drinking Water Resource" Hamburg University of Technology, Moritz Robin Scharnke, 2010: https://tore.tuhh.de/bitstream/11420/877/1/Atrapanieblas_Moritz_Scharnke_2010.pdf
  5. “Lo—TEK. Design by Radical Indigenism” Julia Watson, Taschen: https://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/architecture/all/04698/facts.julia_watson_lotek_design_by_radical_indigenism.htm
  6. “Race after Technology, Ruha Benjamin: https://www.ruhabenjamin.com/race-after-technology


  1. "Poor Water Management Likely Triggered The Demise of The Maya Civilisation", Josh Hrala, Aug 2016: sciencealert.com/poor-water-management-might-have-helped-end-the-maya-civilisation
  2. "Water Trading: Shiyang River Basin Case, By Prof. Zhao Jianshi 18 SEPTEMBER, 2018" https://www.chinawaterrisk.org/opinions/water-trading-shiyang-river-basin-case/
  3. "When Commodification Annuls the Human Right to Water" By Patrick Bond, : https://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/water/contributions/universities/UniversityofKwaZulu-Natal.pdf
  4. "Water, Health, and the Commodification Debate" Patrick Bond, Review of Radical Political Economics, 2010: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0486613410375056
  5. "For These Water Protectors, Stopping DAPL Is Just The Beginning" Nov, 2016, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UiWBFZmy-c
  6. "What Really Happened at Standing Rock | I Was There" Vice, Sep 26, 2020, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1yD2J8vHAk

Special Thanks to Pamela Pascual for inspiration and references.