在上一篇文章，我們分析了《佰合》的住宅創新安排 — — 跨代共居。這個設計一方面有助解決年輕人的住屋需求，另一方面為長者提供更理想的退休生活，是應付兩代人所面對的挑戰的良策。
Coming out of an intense few months of early morning and late night meetings crafting the proposal and video for the ‘Dream City’ open competition, the first event organized by Hong Kong Seek Road, we are feeling relieved and fortunate — with the trophy and prize check now under our belts.
We are a group of professionals ranging from our early 20s to late 30s. We come from backgrounds as diverse as graphics design, architecture, policy research, real-estate management, urban planning and information technology. We have come together because we recognize the one simple reality we each face in our…
Happy living through co-housing
For someone trying to rent or buy an apartment in Hong Kong today, several questions jump immediately to mind. First, will I be able to afford it? Second, how much space will I have? And, finally, is it worth it?
For a growing number of people, the first answer is an emphatic no (see “Where Space is Limited”). Time and time again (7 times, to be exact), Hong Kong’s housing market has been ranked “the world’s most unaffordable,” overtaking notoriously expensive cities such as Sydney and London, and prompting both criticism and social discontent, especially among…
An inevitable, meaningful challenge.
There is a beautifully designed book published a few years ago called New Aging. According to its author Matthias Hollwich, it began when he turned 40 and realized that half of his life had gone by already. What troubled him more, though, was what awaited him in the years to come: the prospect of spending his last years inside a dull and uninspiring nursing home. It was this anxiety that prompted him to find out how we can better live our lives such that we maintain a healthy, energetic, and happy lifestyle, even in old age.
Life unfolds regardless…
Say you want to buy an apartment in Hong Kong today, the going rate is around HK$11,200 (US$1,435) per square foot. To give this number some perspective, imagine you are a family of three looking for a 600-square-foot unit, the total cost comes out to be around HK$6.7 million (US$860,000). Assuming your family earns the city’s median household income of HK$28,000 per month, it will take you at least 20 years to pay for it, that is, if every dollar you make goes towards your 0%-interest-mortgage. 60 years is a far more realistic estimation considering costs for…
A spatial products developer born out of the ground realities of Hong Kong, committed to innovative, sustainable and responsible solutions to urban challenges.