全球唯一“城市\建筑”双年展
THE ONE AND ONLY BIENNALE
OF URBANISM\ARCHITECTURE IN THE WORLD
CO-Design: Long-Term Community Engagement through SmallScale Home Improve

HKU Urban Ecologies Design Lab (UEDL) / Hong Kong, China

香港大学城市生态设计研究室(UEDL) / 中国香港

With multi-generations cramped into room-sized apartments, the generally unregulated Subdivided Units (SDU) of Hong Kong are often the housing of last resort for many low-income working families.

Working with social workers, community partners, and most importantly the residents, researchers and students of Hong Kong University's Urban Ecologies Design Lab conducted a two-year project to create small-scale upgrades and improvements to the housing units. This exhibition, including visual documentation, scale models and physical mock-ups, demonstrates the intensive working process of the "Home Improvement" project that involves multiple rounds of consultation, research, design,fabrication, installation, feedbacks, corrections and reflections.

Over the long engagement period, resident participants in the project began to learn from the process and spread the know-hows with each other. Community partners have learned design solutions for challenges commonly faced by SDU occupants. Through iterations of fieldworks and fabrication tests,guiding research and design principles were adapted to work with the spatial and economic challenges.


The Urban Ecologies Design Lab of the HKU Faculty of Architecture aims to generate socially and environmentally responsible research knowledge and design strategies for academic and public dissemination. Led by Juan Du, UEDL’s main focus is on public interest projects that engage communities typically underserved by academic and professional bodies.