WOO Pui Leng Leng 胡佩玲

Research Projects


  • Analyzing the Transformation of Hong Kong’s Urban Tissue
  • TIEBEN Hendrik, WOO Pui Leng, YUET Tsang Chi
    7 December 2006
    CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)

    The purpose of this research project is to study the transformation of Hong Kong’s “urban tissue” focusing on its open spaces (roads, parks and squares), plot subdivisions, and buildings (individual buildings and types).
    By analyzing the existing urban tissue, its historical development and its present condition the study addresses the following current challenges of Hong Kong:
    1. Degradation of open spaces by large scale developments;
    2. Destruction of urban heritage;
    3. Disappearance of important view axes and topographical features;
    4. Spatial segregation and gentrification; and
    5. Loss of local identities.
    The study is designed to prepare the ground for an Earmarked Grant Proposal in 2008.
    The outcome of the direct grant study will be published in form of papers in international refereed journals and presented at international conferences (targeted areas: urban design, urban history, heritage protection, cultural studies). The aim is to give a better understanding of the effects of current urban developments, to create a public awareness for the above mentioned challenges and to develop alternative strategies. (SS06733)


  • Past, Present and Future – A Study of the Urban Transformation of Shum Shui Po
  • WOO Pui Leng
    1 November 2007
    United College, CUHK

    The purpose of this research project is to study the issue of continuity and change in Hong Kong of by focusing on the urban transformation of Shum Shui Po. The research will study changes of the land (topography, reclamations, lot divisions), open spaces (streets, squares, parks), and buildings (housing types, and landmarks). By analyzing the existing urban fabric, its historical development, and current conditions, this study aims to address important challenges of Hong Kong on urban decay, built-heritage, open spaces, housing, and social-cultural identities.
    Many old Chinese tenements (tong-laus) in Shum Shui Po will be demolished for urban renewal. So Ur Estate, one of the award-winning public housing projects will also be redeveloped into higher-class housing. The physical decay and the unique qualities of many buildings is obvious. The richness of residential and public life is also evident. Shum Shui Po in these respects is facing one of the urban dilemmas of Hong Kong. How can the city renew and change without eradicating history and destroying life?
    This research will attempt to define built-heritage by looking into the urban prlcess that led to the making of places like Shum Shi Po. The study will reveal the urban history, present conditions, and future possibilities by focusing on the historical evidence, the architecture and urban space of the area. And in doing so, it aims to explore a methodology for the study of urban history, and for developing urban strategies in Hong Kong. (SS07461)



Research Publications


  • Urban transformation of Sai Ying Pun 1850-2007. 《西營盤城市組織的轉化1850-2007》(co-authored with Hendrik Tieben and Yuet Tsang Chi). Hong Kong : Conservancy Association Centre for Heritage, 2008.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HT178.H62 S34 2008 c.2; UL HK Studies HT178.H62 S34 2008)



  • The Vernacular Contained, Hong Kong Container Architecture. (co-authored with BERTIN Vito Daniel and GU Daqing). Shanghai, China: China Architecture and Building Press, 2004.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HK Studies NA1546.H66 B47 2004 c.2; ARL NA1546.H66 B47 2004)



  • "Vice Versa: Displacing Acts, Lives & Threshold of a Hyper City from Hong Kong, China" (co-authored with BERTIN Vito Daniel and GU Daqing )Cities, Architecture and Society 10th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, Collateral Events pp. 186-187. Venice, Italy: Fondazione La Biennale 2006, 2006.09.07.


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