Sustainable Policy, Implementation and Management in Street Furniture Design

By Kin Wai Michael Siu.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice

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Many researchers and designers have criticized current methods of urban development for their lack of sustainability. Policymakers and designers are tackling urban problems in a piecemeal and shortsighted way. In addition to large architectural construction projects, street furniture is another urban element that significantly affects the quality and sustainability of urban environments. Since 2000, the Public Design Lab of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University has conducted design research projects on street furniture in a number of Asian cities. One of the core objectives of these projects is to review existing street furniture design and generate new designs to achieve sustainable urban environments. Taking Hong Kong as a case study and focusing on street environments, this paper reviews how current urban development methods fail to meet the city’s new and changing needs. Referencing Hong Kong designs, the paper reviews and identifies the limitations and problems of street furniture design in terms of sustainability.

Keywords: Street Furniture, Implementation, Management, Policy, Public Design, Sustainable Urban Environment

The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp.19-32. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.735MB).

Prof. Kin Wai Michael Siu

Professor, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Kin Wai Michael Siu is Lab Leader and Professor of the Public Design Lab, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His research interests are in public design, sustainable design, design policy and management, and user-reception. He advocates FlexiDesign and d*hk.