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Kissin Yihua Huang

Huang Yihua was born in Shanghai, China. He received an Environmental Art Design Bachelor Degree from Shanghai University, in 2004-2008. After graduation, he decided to pursue further study in landscape architecture, and took bridging course at National University of Singapore in 2009-2010. After then, Yihua worked as landscape architect in Cicada Pte Ltd, Singapore. His responsibility at the company was to think about how to deal with public spaces between the cities and people, and promoted the development of concept and analysis in the design. He took part in several key projects, such as Quayside Hotel (Singapore), Alila Pecatu (Bali, Indonesia), Dawson (Singapore), One-North (Singapore), Nanjing Hebin yuan (China), Shanghai Senlan Bay (China) and so on. Through this period of studying and working, His research gradually focuses on considering psychological changes to each person in public space and need to have balance considerations on the quality in design from three different levels: policy, implementation, and management. Yihua joined the School of Design in 2011 as a PhD student to investigate how city users practice their everyday life in the public environment.

Research Title
Everyday Practice of Urban Space: Hybrid Acts of City-users in Continuously Transformation Urban Area of Hong Kong

Supervisor
Prof. Kin Wai Michael Siu (Chief Supervisor)

About the Research
As cities will become home to increasing number of people in the future, how will the quality of life for city dwellers be affected? What is the role of 'open space' in the city? (How has the role of open space changed in the past?) What are the benefits and opportunities of such open spaces to people? How might such open spaces be used? Are such open spaces important to people’s lives? What is good quality open space? How is the quality of open space related to the new urban lifestyles?...

Surely people who use these spaces do not spend hours discussing definitions of the types of spaces they are using, neither do they debate the benefits provided by urban open spaces, rather they experience the benefits and sometimes take the open spaces for granted. But they do value and own such spaces and use them as part of their daily life. Thus these spaces contribute greatly to an individual’s and a community’s quality of life in the urban context.

Design researches from the aspect of design and emotion showed that emotional responses of users could be motivated through different forms, appearances and styles of the design outcomes. Some of them even explored the close relationship and the interactions among them. On the other hand, it is also worthwhile to understand how designers introduce emotional concerns in design outcomes to motivate and affect users to encourage certain kinds of emotional responses.

Thinking of public environment and facilities should provider satisfactory aesthetic appeal to city users. However, keep considering the practical constraints of public design in that the design is required to serve the practical needs of city users with diverse needs and preferences.

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