CUSUP Online RPG Research Seminars

CUSUP Online RPG Research Seminars
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
To be held virtually via Zoom
CUSUP Online RPG Research Seminars

The Centre of Urban Studies and Urban Planning is pleased to invite you to attend FIVE RPG Research Seminars on 23 February 2022, (Wednesday) via Zoom as follows:

Street Experiments: urban planning niches through tactical urbanism​

Miss Jianting ZHAO
PhD Student, Department of Urban Planning and Design, The University of Hong Kong

Time: ​09:00 – 9:45 a.m.

Street experiments (SEs) are temporary and intentional changes of the street use, regulation, or form to tackle pressing urban livability issues. They bring short-term benefits in public space provision, social cohesion, and business revitalization. Since the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been an explosion in such uses around the world, initiated by cities or local communities. Since March 2020, there have been over 1400 SEs in over 500 cities.

While SEs deliver quick responses, it remains uncertain as to where they tend to take place, how they accommodate user feedback, and how they impact the local planning norm. The pandemic brings an unprecedented opportunity to study SEs at a global level due to its widespread impact. I devise mixed-method research to answer the posed questions using data analysis and case studies. The outcome would enrich the understanding of SEs’ impacts and limitations in the academia and practical realm.

Road traffic safety and metro system development: Spatio-temporal patterns of road traffic accidents in metro station neighbourhoods and their built environment correlates

Miss Yiling ZHENG
PhD Student, Department of Urban Planning and Design, The University of Hong Kong

Time: ​09:45 – 10:30 a.m.

The relationship between traffic accidents and the built environment has been examined in a considerable number of empirical studies. Nonetheless, little is known about the traffic accidents in the vicinity (catchments) of metro stations. A few previous, mostly small-scale studies have reported inconsistent results, attributable to modifiable areal unit problem (MAUP) issues associated with employing aggregate-level data. There has been limited research exploring the long-term effects of the metro station on accident frequency and severity at a more disaggregated event level accounting for changes in road conditions after a new metro station becomes operational.

The proposed PhD project will endeavor to address the above-mentioned research gaps and focus on the relationship between the metro station and traffic accidents in Hong Kong. Employing the interactive exploratory visualization techniques and time series analysis, the spatio-temporal distribution of traffic accidents within multi-spatial metro station neighbourhoods will be examined before and after they became operational. Using a multilevel joint model, the difference between the effect of the metro station on killed and seriously injured accidents (KSIs) at small tertiary planning units (STPU) level and individual level will be explored. Mixed multinomial fractional split models will be developed to examine potential causal effect of new metro stations on changes in different typologies of traffic accidents. The results from this research will have important implications, in terms of providing evidence-based understanding of the effect of transit-oriented development on traffic safety.

Changing Places around Healthcare Institution in Urban China: Co-evolution of Urban Transformation and Therapeutic Landscape

PhD Student, Department of Urban Planning and Design, The University of Hong Kong

Time: ​10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Global research and policies are seeing a tendency on examining the relationship between place and health. This thesis defines therapeutic landscape as the contested therapeutic function of place produced in the interaction of everyday activities and dynamic socio-economic-cultural settings and uses it as a key concept to establish a dialogue between healthcare and urban transformation, aiming to explore the socio-spatial transformations of the places around healthcare institution in China’s health reform and healthy city campaign.

Guangzhou is selected as the study area, and two major cases, the inner-city pattern and the outer-city pattern are divided. Typical cases focusing on high-quality healthcare institutions will be selected as the study objects, and mixed methods will be employed in this study. This study will contribute to a renewed understanding of the therapeutic landscape, the mutual interactions between healthcare and broader urban changes in non-western contexts.

Urban Resilience: An interpretation with intra-urban mobility dynamics

Miss Mingzhi ZHOU
PhD Student, Department of Urban Planning and Design, The University of Hong Kong

Time: ​11:15 a.m. – 12:00 noon

How would human activities adapt to and evolve under urban changes? Dynamic changes occurring in the city typically involve physical destructions, economic/political shifts, and cultural evolutions. These changes alter how people work, live, and socialize from various aspects, which ultimately perform as variations in their mobility and activities in cities. In this proposed study, I reconceptualize the concept of “urban resilience” to conduct a comprehensive understanding on how human activities respond to changes. Fitting such conceptualization into a spatiotemporal context, I interpret mobility dynamics in a city, which partially depict human activities across space and time, as a form of urban resilience. The results are expected to enrich our understandings on urban resilience by involving human-centred and spatiotemporal perspectives, and provide insights to city resilience management to better deal with future changes.

Between airport and city: People, movement and development

Mr. Hanxi MA
PhD Student, Department of Urban Planning and Design, The University of Hong Kong

Time: ​12:00 noon – 12:45 p.m.

Airports and their surrounding areas play a key role in global competition and urban development as important transport hubs and employment centers. Research from the West has verified airport activity’s contribution to urban population and employment growth, but less research has been done in China. In the Chinese context, where the construction of new airports is underway, the New Flyers, as a collection of airline passengers, airport employees, visitors, and others who have interactions with the airport area, present different characteristics from Western users. This study proposes New Flyers as a mediating variable between airport activities and urban development. Airport activities influence New Flyers’ travel behaviors in the airport area and urban space, and their interactions with urban space promote economic, employment, and cultural development. This study selects Wuhan Tianhe International Airport as a case study to provide insights into the future coordinated development of airports and cities in China.


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