Public Spaces and Public Design at Night for Ordinary People: A Case Study of Tin Shui Wai in Hong Kong

By Hong Yang Song and Kin Wai Michael Siu.

Published by The International Journal of the Constructed Environment

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As metropolitan areas have grown, incidental issues have emerged as the result of crowded high-quality public spaces, working class city dwellers have continued to complain that most public spaces do not fit their daily needs and preferences. Hong Kong is a city famous for its nightlife. In fact, it is not only tourist spots and traditionally busy areas that attract crowds; new towns that house large numbers of working class people and new immigrants with low standards of living are experiencing increased social activity as well. This paper presents a case study of Tin Shui Wai, one of the largest new towns in Hong Kong, exploring how working class people use public spaces. The paper also identifies and discusses the issues related to the quality of public environments at night to generate directions and insights for policymakers and designers whose goal is to improve social and physical public spaces for ordinary people.

Keywords: New Town, Night Life, Physical Space, Public Design, Public Environment, Public Space, Social Space, Working Class People

The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.1-26. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.597MB).

Dr Hong Yang Song

Researcher, Shenzhen University, China

Hong Yang Song was researcher at the Public Design Lab, School of Design in Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is now with the Shenzhen University, China.

Prof. Kin Wai Michael Siu

Professor, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Kin Wai Michael Siu is a leader and professor in the Public Design Lab, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is also the leader of the Research Group of Sustainable Public Design. His research interests are in design and society, public design, urban planning and design, social innovation and user-reception.