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Stakeholders of Community Participatory Design: Designers as Community Facilitators

Stakeholders of Community Participatory Design: Designers as Community Facilitators

Continuing from my previous article ‘Extending community participatory design in Singapore’s built environment: the potential of designers’, which postulates why designers should be mobilised in the push for greater community participatory design (CPD) efforts, we now take a closer look into the stakeholders within CPD projects. Through the analysis of the roles of various stakeholders...
Hong Kong’s In-Between Spaces: Alleyway

Hong Kong’s In-Between Spaces: Alleyway

Hong Kong is a city known for its lack of space – both public and private. Some may argue that the government has provided sufficient public space in the form of recreational parks within the public housing estate and other sizable parks which includes Kowloon Park, Hong Kong Park, Victoria Park and Hong Kong Botanical...
The public life of Sham Shui Po

The public life of Sham Shui Po

Sham Shu Po is one of the 18 districts in Hong Kong, and the poorest one. It is considered one of the areas with the highest population density, and also the highest poverty rate at 18.2% [1]. Despite its popularity with tourists, this district is concentrated in low-income families, new immigrants, street-sleepers, unemployed citizens, and the...
Unregulated but Dynamic:  Economy and Community within the Kowloon Walled City

Unregulated but Dynamic: Economy and Community within the Kowloon Walled City

BACKGROUND   Twenty years after its demolition, the Kowloon Walled City (KWC) in Hong Kong remains an intriguing example to urban planners and architects today. With 50,000 people and businesses housed in a mere 2.79 ha, KWC was the densest place in the world (1,920,000 people per km2). (Figures 1 and 2) KWC was originally...
Learning from Hong Kong Part I: Towards Mixed-use (Podium) Development

Learning from Hong Kong Part I: Towards Mixed-use (Podium) Development

Introduction to Mixed-use development in Hong Kong Hong Kong represents a singular case of its own. Hong Kong is unique because it represents an extreme case of overcrowding, escalating population growth, scarcity of land resource, intensification of land-use activities, burdened by an absence of raw materials and natural resources. High-rise and high density living is...
Art, Culture and Public Engagement: Radical Space or Cultural Desert

Art, Culture and Public Engagement: Radical Space or Cultural Desert

West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) is conceived as a low-density development with a large open space. A part of the focus is raising awareness in the arts and culture among the general public. WKCD has yet to exist in material form due to multiple feasibility studies, public engagement with stakeholders and debates on the space...
Tower of Colony by GROUNDWORK

Tower of Colony by GROUNDWORK

Tower Of Colony | DESIGN STATEMENT Exhibit at the NEXT PLAY : Shifting Ground Exhibition: Taipei 臺北未來生活居概念展 PROJECT NAME Tower of Colony | 殖民港的殖民塔 LOCATION No. 27 Linsen North Road, URS27, The Huashan Prairie, Taipei, Taiwan 臺北市中正區林森北路27號–URS27華山大草原 COMPLETED DATE December, 2012 CURATOR FROM POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB DESIGN INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL INNOVATION(JCDISI)...
Asia's Contemporary Waterfronts

Asia’s Contemporary Waterfronts

The waterfronts of various asian contemporary cities are gaining increased relevance to the economic development of these cites and are often seen as tools in globalisation processes and tourism development. The vitality and visibility of these waterfront areas and the quality of its urban spaces have become key aspects of the competitive positioning of asian...
Links and Likes #1

Links and Likes #1

Seoul Metro System © NEIL FREEMAN Subway systems of the world, presented on the same scale Burying Bits of The City: Hong Kong Underground & Sea Caverns of Singapore A Caution on Hong Kong Envy Singapore: The best place in the world to be creative Applying Spatial Justice in Singapore The Future of the City: Inaugural Monocle + Killik...
Hong Kong's Informal Rooftop Communities

Hong Kong’s Informal Rooftop Communities

Extract from http://dornob.com/penthouse-slums-the-rooftop-shanty-towns-of-hong-kong/ Shanty towns are nothing new in large cities with little (enforced) regulation, but this is something you have to see to believe: everything from small shacks to multistory structures, individual buildings to entire villages, all spread out in organic mazes over the rooftops of apartment structures and skyscrapers throughout Hong Kong –...
Community Greens: A brief comparison between the gardening schemes in Singapore and Hong Kong

Community Greens: A brief comparison between the gardening schemes in Singapore and Hong Kong

Tampines Green Community Gardens in Singapore Sau Pau Ming Community Gardens in Hong Kong  Gardening as a social process Collective gardening is a huge trend in the city. There are rooftops, vacant land and underutilized spaces that can be used for gardening. In other words, there are lots of opportunities. But why it is in...
Alternative public space: Little Manila in Central Hong Kong

Alternative public space: Little Manila in Central Hong Kong

Little Manila: Filipino domestic workers who gather in Central on Sundays to enjoy their day off; an image so powerful, it makes you feel powerless in the city. Their presence disrupt the orderly visual space of Central in which they engaged in ‘undesirable’ activities such as sitting on straw mats in public spaces, getting haircuts...

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