Faculty Advisor

Balistrieri, Thomas J.

Faculty Advisor

Sturm, Stephan

Project Center

Hong Kong, China


This project aids the Urban Renewal Authority in identifying and preserving the essence of place in Central, Hong Kong. To better understand users’ past, present, and desires for future regarding the essence as perceived by each individual, we utilized social mapping and semi‐standard interview. We determined that the past essence cannot be brought back entirely based on the data collected. However, elements of essence could be created through placemaking application tools. These application tools are intended to preserve the cultural heritage, remind people of the traditions and foster a sense of community in Central, Hong Kong.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2018

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies

Advisor Department

Mathematical Sciences