Tony Chung Man Ip

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Tony Ip has demonstrated a flair for multi-disciplinary practices and academic studies in the building profession. He learned sustainable design knowledge since 1995 when he started reading Environmental Engineering in Department of Civil and Structural Engineering at The University of Hong Kong. Having worked in engineering and architectural fields for over ten years, he equipped his interdisciplinary design skills and obtained master degrees in Geotechnical Engineering, Architecture and Urban Design with distinctions from HKU and his fourth master degree in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment from the University of Cambridge. His previous thesis research topics focused on social and environmental sustainability, comprising cultural interaction spaces for intangible heritage preservation, transit-oriented urban development and sky garden design in high-density high-rise residential developments.

Tony is a practising architect specializing in interdisciplinary design collaboration for sustainable innovation. He is the Deputy Director of Sustainable Design of Ronald Lu & Partners (HK) Ltd. His recent projects involved the first Zero Carbon Building in Hong Kong, an iconic residential tower OPUS HONG KONG with BEAM Platinum certification in collaboration with Frank Gehry, and the consultancy on drafting Design and Construction requirements for Residential Buildings for Energy Efficiency in Hong Kong and BEAM Plus Neighbourhood. Tony is the recipient of the HKIA Young Architect Award 2010.

Research Title
Urban Living with Sky Gardens

Supervisors
Prof. Tim Jachna (Chief Supervisor)
Mr. Peter Hasdell (Co-supervisor)

About The Research
The higher we live from the ground level, the more disconnected we feel from the nature world and the community.

Compared with people residing away from the metropolitan area, urban dwellers lack personal and open space, and may seek room to escape from the hustle and bustle of city living. Urban dwellers are characterised by a more affluent living style and exhibit patterns of routine related to gaining affluence with few opportunities for unplanned chances of social interaction, that are critical for developing neighbourhoods and a sense of community, or chances of appreciation for the natural environment.

The population of Hong Kong is expected to remain on an aging trend. The government figures show that the proportion of the population of Hong Kong residents aged 65 and over is projected to rise markedly from 13% in 2009 to 28% in 2039. The aging population will require more health and ancillary facilities. On the other hand, urban children are growing up detached from the natural environment and lacking in face-to-face social interaction.

Sky garden, a covered / partially covered naturally ventilated landscaped area at a high level, is designed to improve ventilation and thermal conditions of a micro-climate and provide a recreational space for simultaneous enhancement of social interaction and neighbourhood quality. The provision of sky gardens as a sustainable design strategy aims at improving the quality of a living environment to balance social, environmental and economic concerns. In densely occupied, high-rise contexts, can these objectives be achieved practically?

If sky garden can be considered as an alternative communal space with leisure activities and a relaxing outdoor greenery environment that promotes a healthy and sustainable living quality, provision of such an appealing covered landscaping area is perquisite rather than a by-product in new high-density high-rise developments. The research targets to offer directions towards the future development of sky gardens in promoting sustainable urban living.

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