Night Time Design in Hong Kong – Perceptions of Safety

Do you feel safe walking alone at night?

The Common Core in collaboration with Arup ( ran an undergraduate research project on sustainable development of the city through exploring how night lighting influences perceptions of safety in different sites around Hong Kong.

The project consisted of in-class workshops facilitated by Arup’s lightning designers as well as practical fieldwork in the city. Students learnt about night lighting principles, human-centered design approach, and global night management trends, while conducting site measurements and researching user-experience and demographics.

Session 1: Wed 26 Jan 2022, 6 – 9 pm @ Zoom* (Workshop and Fieldwork Demonstration)
Session 2: Tue 22 Mar 2022, 1 – 4 pm @ Digital Interactive Lab in HKU Main Library (Final Presentation)

Fieldwork was conducted throughout February selected sites across Hong Kong, accompanied by Arup and HKU staff. Based on the class learnings and fieldwork, students researched the literature on night time lighting, prepared a report, and made a final 15-minute group presentation to Arup lighting professionals based in the Hong Kong and Melbourne office.

Arup Stakeholders:
Dr Ricky Tsui, Director | Research
Samuel Tang, Assistant Manager | Research
Janice Pang, Senior Consultant | Lighting
Zora Liu, Assistant Designer | Lighting
Wendy Mak, Associate | Lighting

The Green Earth Stakeholder:
Edmond Lau, Senior Project Officer 

If you have any questions, please contact the project coordinator Dr Jack Tsao ( at the Common Core.

* Workshop moved to online format due to HKU Covid-19 regulations.

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