Street Furniture Design: A Starting Point for Quality Urban Renewal

By Kin Wai Michael Siu and Pak Hong Wan.

Published by The Design Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
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Urban renewal has been an important topic related to people’s quality of life in recent years. Different from the grand perspective of urban policy and planning, this paper explores the possibilities of putting street furniture as an initial stage in urban renewal in order to improve the quality of urban environment. Take a street furniture research and design project in Wan Chai of Hong Kong as case study, this paper identifies the importance of street furniture design in the urban renewal progress. The paper shows the research and design process in details in order to explain and discuss the importance of working with the government, social and community organisations and the city users.

Keywords: Street Furniture, Urban Renewal, Public Design, Environmental Design, User Participation

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.373-384. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 849.226KB).

Prof. Kin Wai Michael Siu

Professor & Public Design Lab Leader, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hunghom, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Kin Wai Michael Siu is Professor in Design. He is Leader of the Public Design Lab of the School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He was the Visiting Scholar of the University of Cambridge, Fulbright Scholar of the MIT, AISA Fellow of the University of Singapore, and Visiting Scholar of UC Berkeley, Tsinghua University and China Central Academy of Fine Arts. He has served the Hong Kong Government’s advisory committees and professional bodies as members. He owns more than 40 design patents in the United States, Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and other Asian countries. His research interests include design culture, public design, universal and inclusive design, and user-reception.

Pak Hong Wan

Researcher & Industrial Designer, Public Design Lab, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hunghom, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Pak Hong Wan is an industrial designer. He is Research Associate and Member of the Public Design Lab, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His research interests include public space, streetscape and street furniture design. In collaboration with the government and social organisations, he is now participating in different street furniture research and design projects.

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