Related Staff : Sylvie Nguyen
Students: Xi Xi, Gu Yuehua, Shen Yifan
Student group for Site 1: Hung Hom
VERTICAL CITIES: HONG KONG’S MASS-TRANSIT HYPER-CENTERS, AND MEGA-BLOCK STRUCTURES
MUD programme Fall 2015 –
ARCH6101 Urban Design Studio 1 Course
Coordinator: Sylvie Nguyen
Hong Kong’s vertical culture of congestion is analogous to Manhattan if not more hyper-intensive. Hong Kong’s contrasted topographic geography, strict regulations on developable land and history of British colonial land reclamation expansion has resulted in the densest and most recognizable skyscraper skyline waterfronts in the world.
As an urban city, increasingly shaped by rail mass-transit, Hong Kong’s transit-oriented development (TOD) was studied as an exceptional model for multi-infrastructural urbanism, as a city with many grounds interfacing with mass-transit hyper-centers and high-rises atop mega-block structures. TOD is a development approach whereby transit station and the surrounding catchment area including mixed-use commercial properties, is operationally and spatially integrated as a means to promote ridership within walkable communities.
The studio examined Hong Kong’s unique vertical and horizontal urban densities through 3 scales: city scale, neighborhood scale and human scale. The following studio topics was discussed in class:
1. Transit-oriented development (TOD)
2. Rail + Property development model (R+P Model)
3. Various TOD themes: shopping mall, new town, regeneration, campus, theme park.