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A high-density compact city may not necessarily promote beneficiary community interaction. Hong Kong is in the trend of “Double Ageing” where population and building stock are ageing simultaneously at a rapid speed. The planning and design of community facilities based on population cohort demarcation is no longer suitable. Could Hong Kong as a vertical city provide space for diversified uses within a high-rise building and thus promote the making of a vibrant intergenerational community in a vertical form? This season’s “One from Hundred Thousand” social innovation symposium and its co-creation workshops would explore a new model of vertical intergenerational community for Hong Kong. We hope the making of a vertical intergenerational community would enable vibrant interaction and co-living across generations to advance the wellbeing of both the elderlies and the youths.

Co-creation Workshop (September 2020)

Using Hong Kong Young Women's Christian Association (HKYWCA) Yau Yat Chuen Centre and Aberdeen Kai-fong Welfare Association (AKA) Social Service Centre as sites, the co-creation teams with NGO staff, youths and elderlies explored how to create an intergenerational and an interactive model of co-living among different age groups using design thinking methods.

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Co-creation teams ideated various software and hardware design concepts to enable intergenerational interaction and cohesion. These design concepts are elaborated in further detail in the presentation that can be downloaded below.

 AKA Service Centre  

AKA group 2 Page 2

 AKA discuss 23 Page 2

 Intergenerational functions provided throughout the building  Swapping the position of the proposed therapeutic garden and hall to minimise the
visual impact on the surrounding residents
 AKA discuss 23 Page 1a  AKA group 2 Page 1
Integrating the building's architecture to the iconic staircase
in the community
Brighter, more open interior design to complement the "high-end elderly care home" concept


HKYWCA Yau Yat Chuen Service Centre   
 Courtyard Section 
New intergenerational activities such as camping in the central
podium can activate the space during its off-hours
More active and social activities can be done in the lower levels while solitary
activities can be done on the upper levels
 YWCA 2F garden per1  YWCA section2
Redesigning the garden as an intergenerational social space with
increased visibility from the inside
The rooftop is currently unused but has potential to be a popular gathering point
for various intergenerational activities


Symposium (7th October 2020)

At the symposium, co-creation teams presented their innovative ideas for their respective service centres. The co-creation teams also received feedback from a cross-disciplinary expert panel. The panellists include:

  • Dr Hon. Lam Ching-choi, SBS, JP | Chairman, Elderly Commission
  • Mr LAM Ka-tai, JP | Deputy Director of Social Welfare (Services), Social Welfare Department
  • Ms Alice Wan | Director, Aberdeen Kai-fong Welfare Association Social Service
  • Dr. BAI Xue | Associate Professor, Department of Applied Social Sciences, PolyU
    Director of Institute of Active Ageing, PolyU
  • Ms Yvonne Yeung | Chief Executive, Hong Kong Young Women's Christian Association


  • Mr Ling Kar-kan, SBS | Director of Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation, PolyU