Patterns of living: Hong Kong’s high-rise communities

French, H and Lee, Y (2013) Patterns of living: Hong Kong’s high-rise communities. Hong Kong Design Institute/New Talents Press, Hong Kong. ISBN 9789881232441


Following her publications on housing design, French was commissioned to contribute to a project coordinated by Dr. Lee at Hong Kong Design Institute, a unique opportunity to gain access to the standard social housing units designed by architects and occupied by ordinary families. Inspired by European modernism, the Hong Kong Housing Authority (HA) has pioneered land reclamation and high-rise construction, producing some of the world's densest, most vertical residential areas built since the mid-1950s. Data were collected and analysed from 120 typical homes to discover how families occupy the compact flats that have continued to be developed, maintained and rented by HA. The research shows for the first time the interiors the lived reality of modernism's housing project and has highlighted a particular flat type that housing studies now categorise as indeterminate: it is offered to tenants as a shell to partition to suit their own desires. Its success offers a model with international significance, controversial especially in rental housing, but with the potential to reduce housing costs and allow future flexibility potentially a way forward in reducing housing costs and allowing future flexibility.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions: Bath School of Art and Design
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2015 13:13
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2018 15:24
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