Housing Typology Study @ Tsang Kwan O, Sept – Nov 2012, Hong Kong

What are the social responsibilities of Design Schools? How could a design school contribute to its local community? Yanki’s response to these questions is to use design as a way of understanding the ‘community’.

The Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) is a new design school funded by the Vocational Training Council (VTC). In the Summer of 2010, the school moved to a new facility designed by French Architectural practice, Coldefy & Associés, Architectes Urbanistes / CAAU in partnership with the Hong Kong Architects, P&T Group. With over 4,000 students and 200 staff members, a new community was inserted into an existing residential community, Tiu Keng Leng, a new town in the Tseung Kwan O district of the New Territories area. The area already supports more than 20,000 households.

Who are the people living adjacent to the school? How do they live? This is the over all research question of Yanki’s initiative, ‘Design Our Liveable Cities’. Supported by Leslie Lu, Principal of HKDI, the initiative created an advanced level of study and aims to develop research strategies within the school, stimulating a response for social change.

In collaboration with renowned housing design researcher, Hilary French – 20 HKDI students worked with residents to collect ‘design’ profiles from people’s homes around the campus, calling the project, ‘Patterns of Occupations’. The main learning outcome for students is to understand how to design the creative research process in order to engage different people within the community.