Mingjie Zhu

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Mingjie is a PhD student under the Joint Supervision Programme of Tongji University and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She obtained the Degree of Bachelor of Art in the College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University in 2008. During the undergraduate, her specialty direction was about environmental design related with interior space and outside landscape. Then she further her Master Degree study in the College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University. During the two years study, she practiced projects focusing on design strategy and social innovation, for instance, exploratory design studies about Chinese sustainable campus (a joint research project with Philips Design), an academic report about Chinese creative industry works (a joint research project with Hong Kong Design Centre) and so on. She is currently the Secretary of DESIS-China. Now, she is carrying out her research in the Public Design Lab of the School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Research Title
Using participatory design method for urban community building: case studies in Hong Kong and Shanghai

Prof. Kin Wai Michael SIU (Chief Supervisor)
Prof. LOU Yongqi (External Co-supervisor), Tongji University

About The Research
Community is a vital place for citizen’s daily life. In urban planning, the process of community design is always from bottom to up. It causes the problems that design cannot meet the residents’ demands very well, and what’s more, people do not have the sense of community belongings.

The participatory design method focuses on ordinary people’s wisdom and capability. This research aims to study how participatory design tool can promote urban community building, which refers to people’s social connection and belonging.

Through the study, several research areas will be covered:

  • Dilemma in the urban community caused by no participation;
  • Challenges of community building in large urban cities such as Shanghai and Hong Kong;
  • The stakeholder analysis in the process of community building;
  • How participatory design method works in community building context including the strategy, process, evaluation system, etc.