The 2018 Liveable Cities Conference is being held over 16 – 17 July at the Pullman Melbourne on the Park.
Now in its 11th year, this Conference will continue to explore the liveability of our metropolitan and regional urban centres.
Dr Weijia Wang, Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Social Policy & Social Change, Department of Sociology & Social Policy, Lingnan University Hong Kong joins us at the conference to discuss ‘Life between interfaces: Volumetric urbanism in everyday Hong Kong’.
The scarcity of development land, the rapid growth in the urban population, land-use intensification, and accelerated urbanization has made Hong Kong a high-density and compact city. Hong Kong’s intense urbanism has evolved from multi-level and vertical urban settlement to contemporary volumetric city living. Yet, there are insufficient empirical studies on the development of volumetric urban space and its everyday production.
In order to understand through empirical analysis how everyday volumetric urbanism is produced and experienced in a high-density urban context, this paper uses the Mong Kok District in Hong Kong as a case study and employs methods of field observation, videography, literature review, spatial analysis, and interview. The study firstly investigates the formation and development of volumetric urban space and identifies its key spatial attributes. From the perspective of everyday life and environment-behaviour, this research then examines and elaborates ordinary individuals’ everyday volumetric urban living.
This empirical investigation of everyday volumetric city living offers a preliminary foundation for recognizing and understanding modern volumetric urban lives. It is concluded that contemporary volumetric urbanism is produced by individuals’ “immersive lived experiences” between intensively configured urban interfaces, including physical and digital interfaces of skyscrapers, underground, and elevated walkways. It especially provides an alternative urban model for high-density urban living, which improves high-rise community’s liveability and quality of life in densely populated urban areas.
Policy recommendations on the development of the volumetric city are suggested and areas for future research are also discussed and identified.
Dr Weijia WANG is presently a Postdoctoral Fellow in Urban Sociology and Design Research at the Lingnan University Hong Kong to research on urbanism and urban sociology, in particular every day and volumetric urbanism, digital placemaking, and everyday smart city.
For more information on the upcoming 2018 Liveable Cities Conference in Melbourne and to secure your spot please visit liveablecities.org.au