Faculty Advisor

Clark, Constance

Faculty Advisor

Hou, Zhikun

Project Center

Hong Kong, China


This project, sponsored by the Chinese University of Hong Kong examined the effect of urban design on the community and society in Hong Kong’s new towns, looking specifically at the new towns of Sha Tin and Tin Shui Wai. The project looks at each town with respect to the aspects of urban design that have the greatest effect on community development, including street layout and vibrancy, building types and layouts and, the demographic diversity. It concludes that Tin Shui Wai’s large, monotonous streets, little diversity in building types, poor economy and severe lack of vibrant walking paths all limit the opportunities of residents to build social bonds and that future new towns should be void of these problems in order to develop a strong, social community. 


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

February 2014

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering