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RIBA North Social Housing Symposium
Thu 11 May 2017, 18:00 – 20:00 BST
As part of the Look/17 Liverpool International Photography Festival RIBA North has commissioned photographer Virgile Simon Bertrand to join curator Davina Lee to consider the urban geography of Hong Kong housing.
'About the Size of Dartford' is inspired by the Choi Hung public housing estate, built in 1959 to house, according to the British colonial government's yardstick, a population of 43,720 : "about the size of Dartford".
The exhibition takes the form of visual and textual fragments which will be released via Twitter throughout the duration of festival. Tweets will come from @RIBANorth with the hashtag #LOOK17
To accompany the online exhibition there will be a social housing symposium in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University which will interrogate what can be learnt, good and bad, from high density social housing in Asia and how this learning can be applied in the UK as cities expand. This reflects the global shift to urban living from rural, with 54% of the world's population living in urban areas in 2014. This is expected to increase to 66% by 2050.
The symposium will also look at how social housing can create a sense of community and establish an environment in which people choose to live.
Photograph: Virgile Bertrand and Davina Lee