Design thinking is the foundation to the co-creation process. The two-day co-creation workshop gathered the general public, regardless of age, profession and background, to co-create ideas that would promote the theme of “intergenerational play space”.
Why Kowloon Park Fitness Trail?
Kowloon Park is one of the biggest and most iconic parks in Hong Kong with a large catchment area. Diverse user group and a varied provision of facilities and attractions mean that there are plenty of opportunities for intergenerational interaction.
The Fitness Trail is in close proximity to facilities catering for users of a wide age range. However, it is relatively quiet and lightly used when compared to other parts of the park. Lushly vegetated along the way and conveniently located, the Fitness Trail has good potential to promote physical activity and intergenerational play for all. The collaboration with Architectural Services Department and Leisure and Cultural Services Department to explore how to transform the Kowloon Park Fitness Trail through participatory co-design will set an example in developing the new park design concept in Hong Kong.
Why Prosperous Garden?
Prosperous Garden is an ageing housing estate managed by the Hong Kong Housing Society (HKHS). About 10% of its residential units, i.e. 159 ﬂats, are designated for senior housing. The estate’s 5,850 sqm public garden has the potential to become a showcase privately owned public space (POPS) that promotes “ageing-in-place” and intergenerational inclusiveness.
The increasing number of ageing tenants inspired HKHS to partner with DISI to explore how public spaces under their management can be reimagined to champion their “Ageing-in-Place” initiative to support intergenerational play, promote elderly tenants’ well-being and increase their resilience to health decline. It is hoped that this participatory co-design exercise will help to create new models for developers as reference in revamping public spaces of ageing housing estates to meet their future users’ needs.