Physical Environment of Tall Residential Buildings: The Case of Hong Kong [chapter]

Stephen S.Y. Lau
2010 High-Rise Living in Asian Cities  
Increasing urban populations, scarcity of urban land, depletion in resources and severe impact of urban development on sustainability are critical contemporary issues. Such issues have vast implications on the desirability of compact, highrise high-dense built forms. Yet, the environmental quality and social acceptance of these forms remain barely studied. This chapter reviews some of the critical environmental implications posed by the closely packed high-rise building and high urban
more » ... High-rise buildings of Hong Kong 1 are explored to discuss the pressing challenges of poor air quality, ventilation, daylight, lack of open space and noise pollution. Both quantitative and qualitative appraisals of Hong Kong residents living in high-rise buildings are used to analyse the environmental challenges. Recommendations for improvements using current practices in Hong Kong and possible solutions for the future are also discussed. Urban Morphology and Its Implications: The High Rise, High Density Compact Setting Urban morphology is the study of the physical form of a city. Broadly, such study would consider the street patterns, building sizes and shapes, architecture, population density and patterns of residential, commercial, industrial and other uses, among other things. Special attention is given to how the physical form of a city changes over time and how different cities can be compared with each other. Related
doi:10.1007/978-90-481-9738-5_3 fatcat:66zc65ivjbe6ndrk2gfvd7axou