Faculty Advisor

Liang, Jianyu

Faculty Advisor

Nikitina, Svetlana

Project Center

Hong Kong, China


We studied the relationship between quality of life, economic opportunities, and urban design in two areas of Hong Kong. Our first study area is a New Town defined by a high unemployment rate, high suicide rate, and a lackluster local economy. On the other hand, in our second research area, a large portion of residents own businesses, the unemployment rate is low, and residents report high rates of life satisfaction. We endeavored to find ways in which the design of future New Towns could be improved to avoid these failures. Our research established connections between economic opportunities, quality of life and urban planning through quantitative and qualitative observations and analysis. The output of our study consists of suggestions for improving these three attributes.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

February 2013

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts