Social Sustainability of Gated Communities in a High Density City: the Case of Hong Kong

Department: Urban Planning and Design
Research Centre: Centre of Urban Studies and Urban Planning
Active Dates: January 2012 – December 2014

Principal Investigator: Rebecca L.H. CHIU
Funding body: GRF

Abstract

This study analyses and compares housing estates in Hong Kong as distinctive forms of gated communities (GCs) for improving their social sustainability and for pioneering transferable frameworks for examining similar planned residential communities in Asia. The analysis initially evaluated social sustainability awareness in the planning processes, then compared and explained the social sustainability performance of different housing estate types with reference to the socio-political, planning and institutional contexts, and government role and objectives. Apart from secondary data, site observation and interviews with estate planners/designers, and questionnaire surveys of residents inside and outside of the gated housing estates were conducted.

Objectives

  1. To analyse the evolution of housing estates in Hong Kong in the context of the GC literature.
  2. To evaluate the social sustainability considerations in the planning, design and development processes of housing estates in Hong Kong.
  3. To evaluate and explain the social sustainability performance of different types of housing estates in Hong Kong.
  4. To recommend ways for improving the social sustainability performance, and to
    pioneer the development of transferable frameworks for analysing GCs in high
    rise cities.

 

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UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE