The “Urban density” question in Hong Kong: From absolute space to social processes

Wing Shing Tang, Joanna W.Y. Lee*, Tsz Wa Hui, Maurice K.C. Yip

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Urban density has been the focus of attention in urban agenda. Being a typical high-density city, Hong Kong is chosen as case study to review the conceptualization of urban density question. Oversimplification of density as physical and technical construct has overlooked the multi-dimensional nature of density. There is a need to reconceptualise urban density beyond technical and absolute space so as to better understand its diverse meanings and implications by situating it in a wider urban settings and processes. Using the case of Sham Shui Po, one of the densest districts in Hong Kong, this paper highlights the need for a new research agenda which calls for reinterpretation of urban density in processes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-53
Number of pages8
JournalCity, Culture and Society
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Urban Studies
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Hong Kong
  • Space
  • Urban density


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