Planning and Response in Transforming Everyday Space: Intervention and Invention

By Yihua Huang and Kin Wai Michael Siu.

Published by The International Journal of Design in Society

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Published online: May 29, 2014 $US5.00

Life is full of adventure, which declines all compromises, resists all controls, and therefore responds creatively to everyday spaces in “micro-scale” practices. However, an excess of urban transformation and development has stealthily been swallowing up daily lives of the ordinary on the wrong foot, which has deprived everyday life of authenticity and gradually reinforced domination by alienation. Hong Kong is dedicated to being a world class city, and so has undergone a vibrant, ever-transforming process of urbanization at a dizzying pace. Its limited urban spaces have been subjected to constant population expansions and urban sprawl, and a new life has been imposed upon old urban areas and ageing communities due to land reclamation. This research focuses on the socio-spatial structure of Hong Kong to expose the gap between the planned image of the world city and its users’ conceptions of the everyday space. Using case studies of the reclamation areas in Hong Kong, this paper illustrates the tendency of urban developmental strategy in the context of history, and highlights the Hong Kong district of Wan Chai based on the planners and users’ perspectives. Some compliment the gorgeous urban transformation and others censure the new construction as a soulless city. To adapt urban lifestyles to ever-transforming urban areas, this paper aims to elaborate the explicitly balanced considerations necessary in intervention and invention.

Keywords: Control, Everyday Space, Freedom, Lifestyle, Reclamation Areas, Social Policy

The International Journal of Design in Society, Volume 7, Issue 3, May 2014, pp.29-50. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 29, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.194MB)).

Yihua Huang

PhD Candidate, School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Yihua Huang graduated in Shanghai University. After graduation, he pursued further study in landscape architecture at National University of Singapore. During his study, he worked as the assistant architect in the Cicada Pte Ltd, Singapore. He is now studying his PhD degree in the school of design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is also working as a research assistant in the public design lab of the school that his research focuses on user-reception and hybrid urbanism in reclamation areas.

Prof. Kin Wai Michael Siu

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

Kin Wai Michael Siu is Professor and Lab Leader of Public Design Lab, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has been Visiting Scholar of the University of Cambridge, Fulbright Scholar of MIT, AISA Fellow of the National University of Singapore, and a Visitimg Scholar of UC Berkeley. His research interests are in public design, urban studies, design and culture, and user reception.