Urban Commons Lab

Public Scholarship (Selected)

Rethinking the needs of a post-pandemic city. The Seattle Times, May 4, 2020.

A Teachable Moment. Field Notes on Pandemic Teaching: 2. Places Journal, April 2020.

Social Disparities Beyond Social Distancing: Public Space, in the Mirror of COVID-19. Medium, March 31, 2020.

‘Lennon Walls’ herald a sticky-note revolution in Hong Kong. The Conversation, January 17, 2020.

Be Water, as in Liquid Public Space. Medium, December 13, 2020. (English) (Traditional Chinese)

Books (English)

Design as Democracy: Techniques for Collective Creativity
David de la Peña, Diane Jones Allen, Randolph Hester, Jeffrey Hou, Laura Lawson, and Marcia McNally, editors. Island Press, 2017. 2018 Great Places Book Award.

City Unsilenced: Urban Resistance and Public Space in the Age of Shrinking Democracy
Jeffrey Hou and Sabine Knierbein, editors. Routledge, 2017.

Messy Urbanism: Understanding the ‘Other’ Cities of Asia
Manish Chalana and Jeffrey Hou, editors. Hong Kong University Press, 2016.

Now Urbanism: The Future City is Here
Jeffrey Hou, Ben Spencer, Thaisa Way, and Ken Yocom, editors. Routledge, 2015.

Transcultural Cities: Border Crossing and Placemaking
Jeffrey Hou, editor. Routledge, 2013.

Insurgent Public Space: Guerrilla Urbanism and the Remaking of Contemporary Cities
Jeffrey Hou, editor. Routledge, 2010. 2012 Great Places Book Award.

Greening Cities, Growing Communities: Learning from Seattle’s Urban Community Gardens
Jeffrey Hou, Julie Johnson and Laura Lawson. University of Washington Press, 2009. 2010 Great Places Book Award.

Books (Traditional Chinese)

City Commoning 反造再起:城市共生ING
Jeffrey Hou, editor. Rive Gauche Publishing House, 2019.

City Remaking 反造城市:非典型城市規劃術(增訂版)
Jeffrey Hou, editor. Rive Gauche Publishing House, 2019.

City Rebelling 城市造反:全球非典型城市規劃術
Jeffrey Hou, editor. Rive Gauche Publishing House, 2013.
(Selected translation from Insurgent Public Space)

City Remaking 反造城市:台灣非典型城市規劃術
Jeffrey Hou, editor. Rive Gauche Publishing House, 2013.

Journal Special Issues

Guerrilla Urbanism Special Issue. URBAN DESIGN International 25(2), June 2020. Guest editor: Jeffrey Hou.

“Globally Engaged” Pedagogy, Research, and Creative Practice. Public: A Journal of Imagining America, Vol. 3, Issue 2 (2016). Editors: Ifeoma K. Nwankwo, Jeffrey Hou, Jan Cohen-Cruz.

PlaNext: Cities that Talk, Journal of the AESOP Young Academics Network. 1(2015)(1). Inaugural Special Issue. Editors: Jeffrey Hou, Feras Hammami.

Book Chapters and Articles (Selected)

Hou, Jeffrey. 2020. Guerrilla Urbanism: Urban Design and the Practices of Resistance. URBAN DESIGN International. HTTP://doi.org/0.1057/s41289-02000118-6.

Hou, Jeffrey. 2020. Governing Urban Gardens for Resilient Cities: Examining the “Garden City Initiative” in Taipei. Urban Studies, 57(7): 1398-1416 (Special issue – Environmental Governance for Urban Resilience in the Asia-Pacific). 

Hou, Jeffrey. 2019. Public Space Activism and the Space for New Commons: Directions for Socially Engaged Design, Planning and Placemaking. arq.urb, 23 (September-December): 6-17. (In Portuguese and English)

Lien, Chenyu, and Jeffrey Hou. 2019. Open Green: Placemaking beyond Place-Bound Communities in Taipei. In Aelbrecht, Patricia, and Quentin Stevens (eds.), Public Space Design and Social Cohesion: An International Perspective, 178-196. London and New York: Routledge.

Hou, Jeffrey, and David Grohmann. 2018. Integrating Community Gardens into Urban Parks: Lessons in Planning, Design and Partnership from Seattle. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 33 (June): 46-55.

Hou, Jeffrey, Ben Spencer, and Daniel Winterbottom. 2018. Whole-Systems Public Interest Design Education: Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Washington. In Abendroth, Lisa and Bryan Bell (eds.), Public Interest Design Education Guidebook: Curricula, Strategies, and SEED Academic Case Studies, 8-21. London and New York: Routledge.

Huang, Shu-Mei, and Jeffrey Hou. 2018. Relocated Authenticity: Placemaking in Displacement in Southern Taiwan. In Tate, Laura and Brettany Shannon, eds. Planning for AuthentiCITIES, 271-286 London and New York: Routledge.

Hou, Jeffrey. 2018. Everyday and Bottom-Up: A Counter-Narrative of American City Design. In Kickert, Conrad, and Mahyer Arefi (eds.), Palgrave Handbook on Bottom-Up Urbanism, 13-27. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.

Hou, Jeffrey. 2018. Rupturing, Accreting, and Bridging: From Everyday Insurgencies to Emancipatory City-Making in East Asia. In Knierbein, Sabine and Tihomir Viderman (eds.), Public Space Unbound: Urban Emancipation and the Post-Political Condition, 85-98. London and New York: Routledge.

Hou, Jeffrey. 2017. Urban Community Gardens as Multimodal Social Spaces. In Tan, Puay Yok and Chi Yung Jim (eds.), Greening Cities: Forms and Functions, 113-130. Singapore: Springer Nature.

Hou, Jeffrey. 2017. Urban Commoning, Against City Divided: Field Notes from Taipei and Hong Kong. Perspecta 50: Urban Divides, 292-301. Yale University School of Architecture.

Hou, Jeffrey. 2016. Deadly and Lively Encounters. In Darling, Jonathan, and Helen F. Wilson (eds.), Encountering the City: Urban Encounters from Accra to New York, 221-227. London and New York: Routledge.

Hou, Jeffrey, and Feras Hammami. 2015. On the Entangled Paths of Urban Resistance, City Planning and Heritage Conservation. PlaNext 1(1): 9-16.

Hou, Jeffrey. 2015. Guerrilla Resilience. Waterproofing New York, Urban Research (UR), 2: 90-99. Guest Editors: Denise Hoffman-Brandt & Catherin Seavitt Nordenson. New York: Terreform.

Hou, Jeffrey. 2014. Life Before/During/Between/After Service-Learning Studios. In Bose, Mallika, et al. (Eds.), Community Matters: Service-Learning and Engaged Design and Planning, 315-333. London: Earthscan.

Hou, Jeffrey. 2014. Making and Supporting Community Gardens as Informal Urban Landscapes. In Mukhijia, Vinit and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris (eds.), The Informal American City: Beyond Taco Trucks and Day Labor, 79-96. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

Hou, Jeffrey. 2014. My Place—Their Place—Our Place. Ground Up, 3: 76-79.

Hou, Jeffrey. 2013. Community ‘Owned’ Public Space: Seattle’s Alternatives to POPS. SUR: Sustainable Urban Regeneration, 25: 74-77. Special Issue: Privately Owned Public Space. Tokyo: University of Tokyo.

Hou, Jeffrey. 2012. Vertical Urbanism, Horizontal Urbanity: Notes from East Asian Cities. In Bharne, Vinayak (ed.), The Emergent Asian City: Concomitant Urbanities and Urbanisms, 234-243. London and New York: Routledge.

Hou, Jeffrey. 2012. Making Public, Beyond Public Space. In Shiffman, Ron, Rick Bell, Lance J. Brown, and Lynne Elizabeth (eds.), Beyond Zuccotti Park: Freedom of Assembly and the Occupation of Public Space, 89-98. Berkeley, CA: New Village Press. (Also in Public Space: Critical Concepts in Built Environment, edited by Vikas Methta, Routledge, 2015) [Link]

Emerson, Pam and Jeffrey Hou. 2012. 17th and South Jackson:  Relocating Casa Latina and Navigating Cultural Crossroads in Seattle. In Rios, Michael and Leo Vasquez, (eds.) Diálogos: Placemaking in Latino Communities, 186-201. London and New York: Routledge.

Hou, Jeffrey. 2011. Differences Matter: Learning to Design in Partnership with Others. In Angotti, Tom, Cheryl Doble, and Paula Horrigan (eds.), Service-Learning in Design and Planning: Educating at the Boundaries, 55-69. Berkeley, CA: New Village Press. [Link]

Hou, Jeffrey. 2011. Citizen Design: Participation and Beyond. In Banerjee, Tridib and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris (eds.), Companion to Urban Design, 329-340. London and New York: Routledge. [Link]

Hou, Jeffrey. 2009. Everyday Landscapes and Urban DIYism in Sanzihou, Taipei. InTensions, 2.0, spring. Uncommon Ground: Everyday Aesthetics and the Intensionality of the Public Realm. [Link]

Hou, Jeffrey. 2008. Traditions, Transformation, and Community Design: Making of Two Ta’u Houses. In Bell, Bryan, and Katie Wakeford (Eds.), Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism, 74-83. New York: Metropolis Books. [Link]

Hou, Jeffrey and Isami Kinoshita. 2007. Bridging Community Differences through Informal Processes: Reexamining Participatory Planning in Seattle and Matsudo. Journal of Planning Education and Research 26(3): 301-313. [Link]

Hou, Jeffrey. 2007. Community Processes: The Catalytic Agency of Service Learning Studio. In Salama, A. and Wilkinson, N. (Eds.), Design Studio Pedagogy: Horizons for the Future, 285-293. Urban International Press, UK. [Link]

Abramson, Daniel, Lynne Manzo and Jeffrey Hou. 2006. From Ethnic Enclave to Multi-ethnic Translocal Community: Constructed Identities and Community Planning in Seattle’s ‘Chinatown-International District. Journal of Architecture and Planning Research 23(4), Winter: 341-359. [Link]

Hou, Jeffrey and Min-Jay Kang. 2006. Differences and Dialogic Learning in a Collaborative Virtual Design Studio. Open House International 31(3): 85-94. Special Issue on Studio Teaching Practices: Between Traditional, Revolutionary and Virtual Models. [Link]

Hou, Jeffrey, Isami Kinoshita and Sawako Ono. 2005. Design Collaboration in the Space of Cross-cultural Flows. Landscape Journal 24(2): 125-135. [Link]

Hou, Jeffrey. 2004. Preserving for Multiple Publics: Contesting Views of Urban Conservation in Seattle’s International District. City and Time 1(1): 29-38. [Link]

Hou, Jeffrey and Michael Rios. 2003. Community-driven Placemaking: The Social Practice of Participatory Design in the Making of Union Point Park. Journal of Architectural Education 57 (1): 19-27. [Link]