An Urban Refuge in Hong Kong: Transitional Housing for Displaced Informal Settlements
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Hong Kong is densely populated by 7.2 million people and its prolonging housing epidemic is severe as ever. The housing problem is linked to; imbalance of supply/demand, deterioration of affordability, changing demographics, and lack of suitable land. As a result, this creates the lack of adequate and affordable housing for grassroots, who look to Informal settlements. Despite efforts to obliterate `unauthorized' and inadequate housing, proliferation is inevitable. Yet, ephemeral urban development pattern jeopardizes this necessity and results in displacement of informal settlements without immediate rehousing assistance. This thesis is a response to the current resettlement process of displaced informal settlements in Hong Kong. Regardless of social circumstances, occupants are guaranteed a `roof over their heads' upon eviction. This thesis proposes transitional housing in Tai Kok Tsui neighborhood of Kowloon. The urban refuge is a mixed-used multi-story complex composed of community-oriented services, shared spaces and dwelling units.
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