Home Improvement: Cost-Sharing Flats

Department: Architecture
Research Centre: Urban Ecologies Design Lab;
Active Dates: 2018-2019
Principal Investigator: Juan Du


The research, community design, and experiential learning project by UEDL improved the living conditions of residents living in a new form of public rental housing called “Cost-Sharing Flats.” The Shun Sing Mansion in Kennedy Town has been converted to “Cost-Sharing Flats” to house displaced residents. Many are displaced due to demolition of older buildings of various locations in Hong Kong such as the Southern and Sham Shui Po Districts. 39 Cost-Sharing Flats were subdivided and converted from larger flats in the building, and operated by NGOs. The residents have been displaced from older buildings and housing types. However, the new housing provisions do not provide for some of their basic daily needs. Teaming up with Society for Community Organization (SoCO) to improve the flats as per request from the newly-moved in residents, we conducted physical spatial surveys, interviewed residents, designed and constructed installation to improve the resident’s living conditions.

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