Learning from dense cities: Hong Kong spatial constructs as narratives

Aranda-Mena, G, Dahl, P and Dahl, C 2018, 'Learning from dense cities: Hong Kong spatial constructs as narratives', in Priyadarsini Rajagopalan, Mary Myla Andamon (ed.) Proceedings of the 52nd International Conference of the Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA 2018), Melbourne, Australia, 28 November - 1 December 2018, pp. 753-759.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Learning from dense cities: Hong Kong spatial constructs as narratives
Author(s) Aranda-Mena, G
Dahl, P
Dahl, C
Year 2018
Conference name ANZAScA 2018: Engaging Architectural Science: Meeting the Challenges of Higher Density
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 28 November - 1 December 2018
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 52nd International Conference of the Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA 2018)
Editor(s) Priyadarsini Rajagopalan, Mary Myla Andamon
Publisher Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA)
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Start page 753
End page 759
Total pages 7
Abstract Cities all over the world are being densified in the quest for sustainable urban development. Whether or not this is a viable strategy is an ongoing debate, but as densifying cities face certain challenges, they can learn from already dense cities, where interactions between interior and exterior space are explicit. This paper takes Hong Kong as a model for the densifying city to focus on three levels of spatial organisation in hyper-dense urban space. The paper will discuss urban life forms through seamless interconnection between interior and exterior space. Using a micro-narrative methodology for organising personal experiences and communication data, the paper will take the interior workplace, porous urban space, and the urban landscape as three conditions for dense urbanism. The paper will deploy Hong Kong as an in intellectual framework and model for spatial design and construction in high density; it will explore three levels of space through micro-narratives; cross-analyse the micro-narratives to detect attributes and concepts for densification; and synthesise the findings to suggest directions for further research.
Subjects Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Design Management and Studio and Professional Practice
Urban Analysis and Development
Keyword(s) city spatial organisation
high-density living
micro-narrative
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