Image Credit: Make A Difference Institute
在地研習室 | 翠屏河畔想像企劃
Tsui Ping River Community Workshop
Organizer: Make A Difference Institute
Thematic Partner: Drainage Services Department
In the decades that Kwun Tong developed from a satellite town to a business hub, the King Yip Street Nullah has always been with the community and bears the mission of flood discharge. Now that this unsightly nullah is being revitalized into "Tsui Ping River", how can we envision the possibilities of new living spaces in the riverside community?
In this 8-session design workshop, we started with learning about river revitalisation and community design, site visit and interviews with kai fong. After site analysis, each group of “social designers” brainstormed on innovative ideas around 5 topics – community, environment, living by the river, resilient city, and local economy. The ideas were presented to guests from Taichung in an online meeting and also to general public via online survey. With their feedbacks, the groups refined their prototypes, did field testing with models, collect more feedbacks from street interviews, and produced the prototypes for an one-day exhibition in Tsui Ping River Garden.
The 5 innovative prototypes are all unique in creating a new community vibe and spark new imaginations. “Kwun Tong Inspirations Gashapon Machines” provide suggestions for where to eat, shop and hang out in Kwun Tong, as well as stories of the neighbourhood, in order to encourage visitors to explore the neighbourhood around Tsui Ping River and support the local economy. “Reptiles Connective” connects people and passer-by in public space with small yet unique pet reptiles, thereby strengthening urban resilience. “Zone2” let people to create their own little comfort zone by providing movable tyre chairs and creative partitions, shading devices, workout gear, and musical instruments etc., which people can borrow. “Kwun Tong Food Hunt” connects the community with an online “Kwun Tong Food Map”. The team also display info panels at different corners of Kwun Tong, inviting the passer-by to explore this unique neighbourhood. Last but not least, “Fun on the Move” is a mobile cart that offer all types of fun – musical instrument, pencils and paper for Zentangle , book-crossing shelves, etc. to encourage interactions among community stakeholders, connect people with the river, and contribute to a more vibrant community life.