HealthyHDCities is one the three inaugural Labs of HKUrbaLab which started in 2016 and brings together research collaborators from Built Environment and Medicine within The University of Hong Kong (HKU) and outside globally. The overall aim is to refine and innovate the Science of Healthy Cities to create buildings, places, neighbourhoods and cities that can sustain health and wellbeing of its resident populations. Over the years, HealthyHDCities has forged several international healthy cities research collaborations that includes HKU, Oxford University, Cambridge University, NUS, Columbia University.
As a primary research area, we aim to leverage the power of big health datasets (large prospective cohorts, health registries, surveillance data), urban design, epidemiologic design, models, algorithms and smart sensor technologies to study the underlying links from urban exposures to lifestyles, behaviours, mobilities to chronic and infectious diseases at neighbourhood and city scales. The Lab has developed some of the world’s largest health-specific urban exposure databases (such as UK Biobank Urban Morphometrics Platform, UKBUMP for half-a-million Britons and the Hong Kong Housing Environment Database, HKHED). Key areas include social and environmental epidemiology of chronic and infectious diseases, healthy longevity, largescale health-specific environmental exposure modelling, spatial design analyses for healthy cities, interventions for healthy cities planning, epidemiological study designs and statistical programming.
Another important thrust area is the application of smart architectural design technologies, algorithms, computational fluid dynamics models and sensor technologies to study the links between within-buildings (micro-level) exposures and the trajectory of acute and infectious disease outcomes.