I aim to shape products, interfaces and services that mediate meaningful dialogues between people, systems and their environments within everyday life.

Sai Yeung Choi Street

Design Research
Fall 2008
School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Team: Jacqueline Mui, Francisco Porras, Michelle Li
Role: Historical research, secondary research, ethnographic research, report writing and editing, presenter

My team carried out extensive historical, secondary, and onsite ethnographic research to gain a better understanding of Sai Yeung Choi Street South’s contemporary development, physical character, temporal transitions and life patterns. From an economic, social and cultural approach we began with studying the early beginnings of Hong Kong’s street and urban development and narrowed our focus to urban planning of Mong Kok district while examining related concepts like globalization, public space, and pedestrian schemes.

Our empirical research method focused solely on observations of the site layout and human behaviour patterns. By examining the interactions, functions, and activities that occur on Sai Yeung Choi Street South during pedestrian scheme periods compared to non-pedestrian periods, different characteristics of the street emerge depending on the time of day. The two variables of time period and pedestrian scheme periods can result in significant fluctuations in walking patterns, social interactions, vehicular patterns, and overall atmosphere. During the weekend pedestrian scheme period, we experienced some phenomena that did not occur during the weekday pedestrian scheme such as performances, multitudes of mobile hawkers, and garage spaces converted for unplanned uses such as selling credit cards. It is apparent that Sai Yeung Choi Street South’s diversity of functions and activities in both private and public spaces of the site, as a result of its successful pedestrian scheme, defines its unique character within the context of Mong Kok and makes it a good public place for people.

Final products included comprehensive reports and presentations.

Sai Yeung Choi Street: Historical Research, Nov 2008
Sai Yeung Choi Street: Empirical Research, Dec 2008