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Kaman Tsang

Kaman Tsang Ka Man obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Design (Design Culture and Theory) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) from the School of Design, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2002 and 2007 respectively. Since the completion of her master degree, she worked as a Research Assistant at the School. She has engaged and worked productively in numerous research projects on user orientated design research.

With a strong passion of transferring knowledge on design theory, culture and research to students, Kaman has been employed as Visiting Lecturer (Part-time) for the School since 2004. She teaches subjects on research, design history, design culture and design theory.

In 2010, she was in the position of Lecturer (Graphic Design) at the Department of Design, the Caritas Bianchi College of Careers, where she taught visual communication subjects, art and design history, cultural research and dissertation. She also engaged in different programme planning committees at the department. In 2012, she joined the Hong Kong Design Institute as Research Coordinator to teach and supervise student research projects.

Currently, she is a PhD candidate at the School of Design investigating the dynamic progress in the formation of creative community and the vibrancy of cultural and creative clusters.

Research Title
Formation of ‘Creative Community’ and the making of vibrant ‘Cultural and Creative Clusters’ in Hong Kong

Prof. Kin Wai Michael SIU (Chief Supervisor)

About the Research
Entering the post-industrial era, the global economic structure sees a fundamental change. The rise of creative industries becomes a key factor to profit making and a ‘new orthodoxy’ to urban viability. Among any other things creative industries refer to the economic practices that not only run upon individual creativity, skill and talent, but also have the potential for wealth and job creation through generation and exploitation of intellectual property. Moreover, the rise of creative industries is of worldwide attention due to its high economic return and growth figures. Many American and European cities have established a variety of creative industries in their places. This research study is an examination of the concept ‘Cultural and Creative Cluster’ and its relation with designers in Hong Kong. The study is not just an evaluation on the success of individual cluster, but it proceeds to examine how do the designers interpret and make use of the creative space. In particular, what are the criteria for encouraging creativity and sense of community in - making of a vibrant cultural and creative cluster? The study would endeavour to illustrate the dynamic progress in the formation of creative community and the vibrancy of cultural and creative clusters.

It is expected that the end product of this research facilitates to produce a more comprehensive and updated interpretation of the subject matter of cultural and creative cluster, community and neighbourhood in Hong Kong. The study is also expected to obtain insights on how to develop vibrant cultural and creative clusters that encourage the happening of creativity.