Big Cities: Colin Boyd Shafer

Fellowship of the Valley

Hong Kong has long been facing the need to build more housing to cater to its ever-growing population. Yet, a government plan to rebuild a large public housing estate has raised the awareness of Steve, an ordinary retiree, as the site for redevelopment will include the heritage of an old dairy farm built among a verdant valley in 1886. Realizing the farm is an important part of Hong Kong history, Steve and his fellow residents from the neighborhood decided to find a way to save not only the well-preserved architecture but also the magnificent old trees and endangered species of wildlife inside. 

Video produced by Radio Television Hong Kong in Hong Kong.


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Heart of the City

The heart of many large cities lies in their historic neighborhoods but across the world, the cultural vitality of these neighborhoods is threatened by the forces of gentrification and aging infrastructure. Hear from the people of Boyle Heights in Los Angeles and the Old Quarter in Hanoi, Vietnam as they work to improve and preserve their communities.

  • 2020-06-04T19:00:00-07:00

Bringing Life to Public Spaces

Two groups strive to reinvigorate public spaces amid blocky apartment structures and rigid urban development. An artist collective from Spain travels the globe to create murals that draw life back into dwindling public centers. In Medellin, Colombia, urban gardeners create green spaces that beautify the community and empower its citizens.

  • 2020-06-11T19:00:00-07:00

Cooperative Housing

People are rethinking housing arrangements in growing cities across the globe. Many are ditching the confines of traditional apartments and opting for communal living. In Seoul, three families band together to build the home of their dreams and the urban support system they’ve never had. On a larger scale, participants in a housing cooperative in Lyon band together to share space and the responsibilities of homeownership in a Vertical Village.

Featuring segments by KBS and QLM.

  • 2020-06-18T19:00:00-07:00

Immigrant Support Systems

Big cities attract dreamers from all over the world. This episode features the people building communities of inclusion for immigrants.

  • 2020-06-25T19:00:00-07:00