TSOU Jin Yeu 鄒經宇

Research Projects


  • Assessing the Quality of Open Space in Public Housing Design: An Environmental-Behavioral Approach
  • TSOU Jin Yeu, GIVONI Baruch, CHAN Ying Keung (Dept of Sociology), LAM Fung Ki#
    1 September 2003
    Research Grants Council (Earmarked Grants)

    Open spaces are omnipresent in Hong Kong public housing estates. With the planning standards as many as 2,500 to 2,800 persons per hectare, open space is important for relieving the sense of over-congestion. As 46% of Hong Kong’s population lives in public housing estates, the quality of public open space is critical to the quality of life of more than three million people. Nevertheless, an initial study indicates that their usage may be as low as 1.36%1, which is largely due to inappropriate planning and design rather than insufficient area. Most previous studies of local open spaces are either from a sociological perspective or administratively focused on abstract budgetary metrics such as average area and green space per capita. Only limited studies concerning both the built environment and social behavior in these spaces have been carried out. In this study, we will conduct an environmental-behavioral (E-B) study2 to investigate the quality and livability of open spaces in Hong Kong public housing estates. Considering Hong Kong’s hyper-dense habitation pattern and subtropical climate, the two primary phenomena to be examined are the built environment and the social behavior of the residents. The built environment interacts with ambient physical conditions, especially with respect to visual sustainability, daylighting, airflow, and acoustics. It also relates to the administrative and social attributes of the settlement. Establishing the relationship between the built environments and the social behavioral patterns of the users will enable us to develop planning and design guidelines for Hong Kong’s public open spaces. (CU03282)


  • Environmental Assessment and Appraisal for the Residential Development at Ma Wo, TPTL 179, Tai Po
  • TSOU Jin Yeu Benny, KM Chow, MAK Kwok Pui (Joint Lab. for Geoinformation Science)
    15 June 2005
    Dragon (Hong Kong) Limited

    The Project Team will carry out environmental studies, including Wind Environment & Natural Ventilation and Daylighting Provision for a proposed public housing development at Ma Wo, TPTL 179, Tai Po. The Project Team will conduct assessment tests with appropriate computer simulation software and carrying out analysis of tests results. Based on these results, the Project Team will make practical and site specific recommendations with justifications on the building design, layout, orientation, environmental health, use of special devices, materials etc. with a view to achieve better solutions. (SS04572)


  • Environmental Consultancy for Public Rental Housing Development at Tin Shui Wai Area 103 & 104
  • TSOU Jin Yeu, CHOW Ka Ming, ZHU Yimin, LAM Fung Ki
    28 June 2002
    Hong Kong Housing Authority

    The research team is invited by the Hong Kong Housing Authority, HKSAR, to conduct appropriate environmental studies and assessment tests with appropriate computer simulation software and shall carry out analysis of tests results. The research team will advise a set of local and international standards against which the results shall be compared. Based on these results, the research team will make practical and site specific recommendations with justifications on the building design, layout, orientation, use of special devices, materials, with a view to achieve better solutions. The research will mainly focus on the urban wind environment simulation, natural ventilation assessment, and daylight provision. (SS01469)


  • Environmental Design Studies for a Proposed Housing Department at Shatin Pass
  • TSOU Jin Yeu Benny, KM Chow, MAK Kwok Pui (Joint Lab. for Geoinformation Science)
    15 March 2005
    Hong Kong Housing Authority

    The Project Team will carry out environmental studies, including Wind Environment & Natural Ventilation, Daylighting, and Solar Heat Gain for a proposed public housing development at Shatin Pass. The Project Team will conduct assessment tests with appropriate computer simulation software and carrying out analysis of tests results. Based on these results, the Project Team will make practical and site specific recommendations with justifications on the building design, layout, orientation, environmental health, use of special devices, materials etc. with a view to achieve better solutions. (SS04897)


  • Environmental Design Studies for a Proposed Housing Development at Ex-Chaiwan
  • TSOU Jin Yeu Benny, KM Chow, MAK Kwok Pui (Joint Lab. for Geoinformation Science)
    15 March 2005
    Hong Kong Housing Authority

    The Project Team will carry out environmental studies, including Wind Environment & Natural Ventilation, Daylighting, and Solar Heat Gain for a proposed public housing development at Ex-Chaiwan. The Project Team will conduct assessment tests with appropriate computer simulation software and carrying out analysis of tests results. Based on these results, the Project Team will make practical and site specific recommendations with justifications on the building design, layout, orientation, environmental health, use of special devices, materials etc. with a view to achieve better solutions. (SS04327)


  • The Feasibility Study on Developing Performance Based Assessment Methods and Performance Index for Healthy Housing in Hong Kong High-Density Context
  • TSOU Jin Yeu Benny, KM Chow
    1 April 2005
    Supplementary Funding for RGC Central Allocation

    Research Objectives:
    - To collaborate with the local and China institutions to define the housing design and planning parameters associated with the public hygiene.
    - To further refine the research framework for the healthy housing performance index and design / planning guidelines.
    Scope of Study:
    - To study and investigate the current statutory requirements, Code of Practice and design guidelines for the health living environment for both Hong Kong and China high-density urban context.
    - To investigate and compare the local and overseas academic researches related to the health living environment, and performance based simulation on urban design and planning.
    Expected Deliverables
    - Formulate detailed research framework for the assessment methods, protocols and rating systems for healthy housing design.
    - Organize brain storming sessions, research seminars, and workshops in healthy housing design and planning performance assessment. (SS04778)


  • Housing Development at Sha Tin Areas 4C & 38A Phase 3 Environmental Study on Alternative Design Options
  • TSOU Jin Yeu, CHOW Ka Ming, ZHU Yimin
    1 June 2003
    Hong Kong Housing Authority

    The research team is invited by the Hong Kong Housing Authority, HKSAR, to conduct appropriate environmental studies for Sha Tin Areas 4C & 38A Phase 3 housing development. The project will focus on assess the natural ventilation for three alternative housing designs. The research team will assess the ventilation rates and ventilation pattern at various floors of the domestic blocks under prevailing wind condition, and identify with improvement proposals on reentrant area, internal void space, and corridor of domestic blocks where natural ventilation is insufficient. (SS02998)


  • Improving the Air Quality of Public Transport Interchanges: A CFD Design Model
  • TSOU Jin Yeu
    1 November 2002
    Research Grants Council (Earmarked Grants)

    Indoor public transport interchanges (PTI) are ubiquitous in Hong Kong. Usually, huge areas (with limited height) are used for different forms of public transportation on the ground floor with dense development above that serious air pollution problems are imposed. According to information published in newspapers and data from an Environmental Protection Department (EPD) report, air pollution in PTIs is a serious consideration in Hong Kong. In the past, this was considered as an engineering problem instead of an architectural problem. The traditional solution to this problem is quantitative instead of qualitative. To effectively integrate architectural design with an efficient ventilation system to remove pollutants from PTIs, designers and engineers need to predict and visualize pollutant concentration and the time history of pollutant transfer in PTIs during early stages of design. In past studies, airflow in PTIs was only considered as a steady, single-phase flow. Now, with time dependent computational fluid dynamics (CFD) multiphase simulation, prediction of pollutant concentrations and the time history of pollutant transfer become probable. Combining Virtual Reality technology developed in our previous projects, designers and engineers can visualize the pollution flow pattern in a PTI. On the basis of simulation results, new designers can be proposed and tested. (CU02199)


  • A Strategic Partnership on Environmental Design Study and Staff Training in Tin Shui Wai Area 104 and Rehabilitation of So Uk Estate
  • TSOU Jin Yeu Benny, KM Chow
    1 September 2004
    Hong Kong Housing Authority

    The Project Team will carry out environmental studies, including Wind Environment & Natural Ventilation, Daylighting, Solar Heat Gain & Thermal Comfort, and Road Traffic Noise for two proposed residential projects. The Project Team will conduct assessment tests with appropriate computer simulation software and carrying out analysis of tests results. Based on these results, the Project Team will make practical and site specific recommendations with justifications on the building design, layout, orientation, environmental health, use of special devices, materials etc. with a view to achieve better solutions. Staff training package will be included. (SS04418)



Research Publications


  • "Open Space and its Social Implication in Hong Kong Public Housing Estates" (co-authored with LAM Fung Ki). Asian Streets Symposium: Public Space Singapore: National University of Singapore, 2002.07.


  • Proposed Residential Development at S.T.T.L. 470, Fo Tan, Hong Kong - Environmental Design Study of the Daylighting Provision. (co-authored with Benny KM Chow) Hong Kong SAR: Architecture Department, CUHK, 2005.12.


  • "Sound Propagation in Urban Streets: Comparison Between UK and Hong Kong" (co-authored with KANG Jian and LAM Fung Ki). Proceedings of the 8th International Congress on Sound and Vibration Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2001.07.02. p.1241-1248.


  • 《第三屆中國城市住宅硏討會論文集 : 可持續環境 : 城市住居質素》(與林鳳琪合編),香港:香港中文大學中國城市住宅硏究中心,2003。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HD7368.A3 Z54 2003 c.2; UL HK Studies HD7368.A3 Z54 2003; ARL HD7368.A3 Z54 2003 c.3)


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