Jeffrey Hou: Insurgent Public Space: Guerrilla Urbanism and the Remaking of Contemporary Cities
Department of City and Regional Planning Fall 2011 Lecture Series
Jeff Hou is an associate professor and chair of landscape architecture at the University of Washington–Seattle. His research and practice focuses on community design and design activism, with a particular emphasis on engaging marginalized social groups in design, planning, and placemaking. In a career that spans across the Pacific, he has worked with indigenous tribes, farmers, and fishers in Taiwan, neighborhood residents in Japan, ethnic minority villagers in China, and inner-city immigrant youths and elders in North America. Hou is the editor of Insurgent Public Space: Guerrilla Urbanism and the Remaking of Contemporary Cities (Routlege 2010) and a coauthor of Greening Cities, Growing Communities: Learning from Seattle's Urban Community Gardens (University of Washington Press 2009). He is also a contributor to Companion to Urban Design and Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism (Metropolis Books 2008). Hou received his Ph.D. and M.Arch. from the University of California–Berkeley, as well as his M.L.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and B.Arch. from the Cooper Union.