Designing “Villagescape” Houses


in Hongkong

Farmland and House around Ping Che village in Hong Kong Copyright: source with permission: Roy Issa / South China Morning Post



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Worldwide, communities in urban areas are confronted with transformations. Less and less space is available. At the same time, there are questions regarding local employment opportunities, quality of life and intelligent use of energy/climate and natural resources. A special phenomenon in this context can be found in Hong Kong and Mainland China with the so-called urban villages. These villages, increasingly surrounded by dense development, present a particular challenge to planners.

In the study tour’s workshop, the typology most frequently encountered in the Hong Kong villages, the three-storey residential building, is to be redesigned in completely new ways. Central to this task will be the adaptation to future conditions due to rapidly increasing development activities in the immediate vicinity. A New Town is planned here for up to 300,000 people. In anticipation of future changes, the new “villagescape“ houses shall for example:

  • integrate functions of the increasingly built-up village landscape into housing design (e.g. public space provision, energy & food, climate regulation, biodiversity)
  • provide space for employment opportunities (entrepreneurial opportunities)
  • integrate new technologies (e.g., vertical / rooftop farming systems)

implementation will take the form of a new collaboration between RWTH Aachen University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).



  • Date not fixed: Preparatory two-day workshop in Aachen.
  • 19.09. (Thu.) Departure to Hong Kong (flying together)
  • 30.09. (Mon.) Arrival in Aachen

Costs: Each participant will receive a grant of EUR 540 via the DAAD. Own costs per participant without food is ca. EUR 560. We aim to get further funding, but cannot promise success.

Info-meeting: 26.04.2019, 2 P.M., Seminarraum Lehrstuhl Landschaftsarchitektur
(Attention, new date!)

Student credits: Impromptu design and excursion = 3 ects