Rethinking Urban Space

 

Theme

Creating Design Concepts for a Real Urban Space

HIGHLIGHT

Google Geo Tools & ArchiCAD
Create Platform for Collaboration & Idea Incubation with Industry Professionals

 

― Beyond an education program

As an education program, Rethinking Urban Space has students designing concepts for an urban space. It involves research onsite, data analysis using Google Geo Tools and concept modeling alongside architects using ArchiCAD. The final design concept is then pitched to a panel of relevant industry experts - which may include property developers, urban planners, architects and technologists.

Rethinking Urban Space has grown beyond an education program. The chit-chat between the panel of industry experts that followed the pitching session soon grew into a "social network" for urbanologists to meet, explore collaboration opportunities and incubate innovation ideas within the field.

Jason Huang, a student from Beijing flew to Hong Kong for the workshop. Jason has interest in urban design and is fascinated by the power of Google

Jason Huang, a student from Beijing flew to Hong Kong for the workshop. Jason has interest in urban design and is fascinated by the power of Google

Jorge Beneitez helping students with ArchiCAD and Alfie Chung illustrating design improvements to students on the whiteboard

Jorge Beneitez helping students with ArchiCAD and Alfie Chung illustrating design improvements to students on the whiteboard

Natalie Chan, Founder of OWN Academy, Douglas Wu, Executive Director of Fairland Holdings and Eugene Wong, Director of Posang Capital with student Evelyn Kwok discussing her design for an inclusive rainbow staircase

Natalie Chan, Founder of OWN Academy, Douglas Wu, Executive Director of Fairland Holdings and Eugene Wong, Director of Posang Capital with student Evelyn Kwok discussing her design for an inclusive rainbow staircase

In August of 2018, I partnered up with Jorge Beneitez from Enzyme for a 4 day program with children aged 9-13 to redesign Hillier Street. Throughout the 4 days, students were introduced to different design conceptsgot hands-on with pen and paper sketches, interview pedestrians and restaurant owners of Hillier Street, used Google Geo Tools to analyse urban information, learned ArchiCAD and created 2D blueprints and 3D models of their design ideas. They also presented their final designs to an expert panel and the media. The students named their redesigned Hillier Street - Hillier Paradise.

Many students have experience using SketchUp at school and warmed up to ArchiCAD quickly. Their designs - though more creative over functional - kept in mind concepts of good design and responded to the feedback they received from their onsite interviews. You can see their designs in the presentation below.

Vincent Ng, DIrector of 1PLUS1 with Eugene Wong, Director of Posang Capital at the student sharing. The sharing session is informal and conducive to dialogue between students, panel and media

Vincent Ng, DIrector of 1PLUS1 with Eugene Wong, Director of Posang Capital at the student sharing. The sharing session is informal and conducive to dialogue between students, panel and media