Flexibility for Diversity: FlexiDesign of Public Urban Facilities for Various Preferences and Needs

By Kin Wai Michael Siu.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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The urban environment no longer serves fixed and limited particular functions but needs to satisfy the more diverse and dynamic preferences and needs of city users. However, many urban researchers and the public still complain that current public urban facilities are not sufficiently flexible to deal with such varied and continuously changing requirements. Taking Hong Kong as a case study, this paper reviews the current designs of public urban facilities, and identifies the inflexibility of the designs for urban planning, implementation and management. Using the output and experience from an applied research project ‘FlexiBOL®’ that was implemented in the city, the paper advocates the concept of FlexiDesign and discusses how it meets the many desires and needs of city users.

Keywords: Diversity, Flexibility, FlexiBOL, Public Urban Facility

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 11, Issue 6, pp.11-22. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.244MB).

Prof. Kin Wai Michael Siu

Professor, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

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

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