SHDC Symposium UN2017

SHDC Symposium UN2017
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Room 730, 7/F, Knowles Building, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
Urban Heat: Adapting to Climate Change and Urban Heat Island in Dense Cities

Sustainable High Density Cities Lab is pleased to announce the “Urban Heat: Adapting to Climate Change and Urban Heat Island in Dense Cities” Symposium on 9 December 2017. Urban heat symposium brings together researchers, industry and government partners to share and discuss progress in research, policymaking, trends and future initiatives relevant to our urban environment.


Heatwave events and urban heat island effects threaten the health and energy agenda for cities globally and in particular high-density cities such as Hong Kong. Researchers from the Sustainable High Density Cities Lab (SHDC) of HKUrbanLabs approach this issue at the scale of buildings and neighborhoods with connections to macro-scale urban environments and climate. We develop multi-scale environmental modeling and built-environmental physics and other science.  Our research targets the needs of industry and government agencies at the scale in which development, planning and design decisions are made on a daily basis. SHDC is of strategic importance to the linkages between the Faculty of Architecture and the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Hong Kong.

The research symposium creates a foreground for thought leaders from government agencies, industry and academia to forge collaborations and to advance urban agendas in adapting to a changing urban thermal environment. Three main topics of discussion will include:

  • Modelling the urban environment
  • Outdoor thermal comfort and heatwaves
  • Responses and strategies to issues of urban heat within our dense cities.


Invited speakers from HKU Faculty of Architecure, HKU Faculty of Engineering, Tianjin University, Chinese U of HK, Arup, Swire, Urban Renewal Authority, HK Green Building Council and Planning Department HK.


Minjung Maing
Department of Architecture, HKU

Jianxiang Huang
Department of Urban Planning and Design, HKU

Phil Jones
School of Architecture, Cardiff University, UK


All interested are welcome. Engage in emerging issues and meet future collaborators.