Design Solution and Practice: Street Furniture Design Principles for Pocket Spaces in High-density Urban Communities at Night

By Hong Yang Song and Kin Wai Michael Siu.

Published by The Design Collection

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Urban residents have voiced criticisms of and complaints about the functionality of street furniture at night. These concerns can be attributed to inappropriately designed and managed street furniture and its spatial arrangement. The issues on which these complaints center, however, arise from the lack of appropriate management and design practices for night-time street furniture, and explain the lack of analysis of the design of street furniture and its deployment at night. To address these issues, street furniture solutions and designs must take pocket spaces fully into account, and in particular must consider how such spaces appear at night. This paper focuses on the spatial factor as an integral element of street furniture design, particularly in terms of its use in pocket spaces. The nature, significance, and characteristics of pocket spaces are analyzed through a case study undertaken in pocket public spaces in the Tin Shui Wai district of Hong Kong. The results of the analysis suggest principles for improving design and deployment solutions for street furniture in pocket public spaces. The quality of nightlife in public spaces will be enhanced by considering the design and deployment of those spaces and street furniture design from an holistic perspective.

Keywords: Solution and Practice, Street Furniture, Design Principles, Pocket Space, Night

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp.283-300. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 10.623MB).

Dr Hong Yang Song

Researcher and PhD Candidate, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Hong Yang Song is PhD candidate of the School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Before joining the Lab, he was researcher and designer in the field of environmental design. He has got rich practical experience in street furniture.

Prof. Kin Wai Michael Siu

Professor, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hunghom, Hong Kong

Kin Wai Michael Siu is Professor and Lab Leader of the Public Design Lab, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He owns more than 50 design patents in the United States, Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and other Asian countries. His research interests are in design culture, public design, and user-reception.

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