At home with density spatial representation in Hong Kong public housing.

Rooney, Nuala (1997) At home with density spatial representation in Hong Kong public housing. PhD thesis, Edinburgh Napier University.

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    This study examines the representation of space in high-density Hong Kong public
    housing. Over half the population in Hong Kong lives in public housing yet little is
    known about how they physically cope with density through everyday dwelling.
    Specifically, this post-occupancy study attempts to highlight the context of high density
    dwelling as a legitimate dwelling experience. It focuses on residents' interpretation and
    conception of space and examines problem-solving in the everyday context of high
    density living.
    The research is presented as a narrative highlighting spatial sensibilities in a culture of
    density. It traces the development of housing forms from early Hong Kong to the
    establishment of the Government housing programme. It will be argued that the
    combination of a massive influx of a refugee population, and a shortage of housing in the
    Territory created a situation where low-level design standards in public housing were
    not only accepted by the population but became the norm.
    Through qualitative interviews with long-term residents of public housing this study
    proposes to question assumptions of Western spatial thinking within domestic space. It
    looks at the way in which the changing habitus has been affected by social mobility and
    shifting cultural values of space; in particular, it examines how different generations living
    in the same household perceive and represent their home.
    This thesis contributes to an emerging field of design knowledge. It is a reflective study
    which, it is anticipated, will provide other designers with insight into lived-in qualities of
    density and residents' ability to articulate design knowledge. It seeks to challenge
    designers' preconceptions of density and the performance of professional design
    knowledge in the interpretation of everyday space.

    Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: spatial design; public housing; Hong Kong; density; housing forms; domestic space;
    University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Arts & Creative Industries
    Dewey Decimal Subjects: 700 Arts & recreation > 720 Architecture > 728 Residential & related buildings
    Library of Congress Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
    Item ID: 3801
    Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
    Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2010 11:40
    Last Modified: 12 Jan 2011 04:55

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