SPEAKERS

Bo-sin Tang

Bio Prof. Bo-sin TANG Prof. Tang is currently Professor at the Department of Urban Planning and Design of the University of Hong Kong. Before joining this University, he was Professor and Associate Head at the Department of Building and Real Estate of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Prof. Tang received his PhD in urban and regional planning from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a Registered Professional Planner (Hong Kong) and holds professional memberships with the Hong Kong Institute of Planners (HKIP), the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS). He is also a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences.

Kevin Polk

Polk is an urban eco-strategist and host of the Edenicity podcast about building car-free cities. He grew up riding TheBus or walking to public schools in Honolulu before earning an A.B. in Astrophysics from Princeton University, an M.S. in Astronomy from the University of Washington, and two Permaculture Design Certificates. He partnered with NASA on 2 Mars missions, wrote the award-winning 2sky mobile app, and was named Bloomington, Indiana Neighbor of the year for co-founding the Green Acres ecovillage. He also has run a market garden, built tiny off-grid houses, and commuted by bicycle in five states. Today he works as a solar energy consultant in Columbus, Ohio, and is recruiting a land development team to compete for the $50M Carbon Removal X Prize.

Hillel Schocken

Hillel Schocken, (AA Diple. BSc.Eng.) is a retired Associate Professor of Architecture at the Azrieli School of Architecture at the Tel Aviv University Schocken is the author of an original urban theory that suggests common characteristics to all efficient urban environments and provides measurable indicators that can serve as a practical tool for the planning and design of successful urban environments. The theory was the subject of the Israeli exhibit, “Intimate Anonymity”, he curated at the 2000 Venice Architecture Biennale. He has been Principal at Schocken Architects since its establishment in 1978 and is among the founders of  MIU – Movement for Israeli Urbanism and its Mayor’s Institute.

Alfred Twu

Alfred has worked on housing issues in California at the state and local level, with organizations such as the California Democratic Renters Council, East Bay for Everyone, and others.   Recently they have been appointed to the Berkeley Planning Commission.  Alfred works as an architect and artist, and has worked on various issues and campaigns including zoning reform, rent control, tenants rights, and social housing.

Choon James

Choon James is originally from Singapore. She’s been a real estate broker in Oahu for over 30 years. She's been involved with land-use planning and good governance issues  at Honolulu Hale. Choon is a long-time activist with “Keep The Country Country” to preserve rural resources, farmlands and open spaces for a thriving, diversified, and sustainable Oahu.

Robert Ellickson

Robert C. Ellickson is Walter E. Meyer Professor of Property and Urban Law, Emeritus, at Yale Law School. Professor Ellickson’s books include Land Use Controls: Cases and Materials (5th ed. 2021), with Vicki Been, Roderick Hills, and Christopher Serkin). He has published numerous articles in legal and public policy journals on topics such as land use and housing policy, land tenure systems, homelessness, and the organization of cities, households, and community associations.

Susan Kirsch

Susan Kirsch, Director, Catalysts for Local Control with a mission to educate, engage, and empower citizens to preserve a strong middle class of home owners and democracy itself Roles as a Community Advocate: Founder, Livable California; Chair, 2020 Nix-the-Nine Campaign; 2016 Candidate for the Marin County Board of Supervisors, Founder, Citizen Marin