Social Impact of Innovation in Night Street Furniture: Technological Innovation and Lifestyle Change

By Hong Yang Song and Kin Wai Michael Siu.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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Nightlife in the city has become more popular in recent years. One of the reasons is changing lifestyles of people who have more working and leisure activities at night. Technological innovation in lighting devices plays a very important role in facilitating outdoor nightlife. Hong Kong is a metropolitan city famous in its nightlife and lighting. Due to social and economic changes over the past several decades, the lifestyle of the city has changed significantly. This paper first reviews the popularity of nightlife in general. Taking Hong Kong as a case study, this paper identifies technological innovations in night street furniture and accompanying lifestyle changes over the past decades. The paper discusses how technological innovation influences the daily lives of residents and the activities of visitors, and vice versa.

Keywords: Social Impact, Technology Innovation, Street Furniture, Lifestyle, Nightlife

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.223-242. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.980MB).

Dr Hong Yang Song

Researcher, Public Design Lab, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hunghom, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Hong-yang Song is Researcher of the Public Design Lab, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is also PhD candidate of the School. Before joining the Lab, he was researcher and designer in the field of environmental design. He has got rich practical experience in street furniture.

Prof. Kin Wai Michael Siu

Professor & Lab Leader, Public Design Lab, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hunghom, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Kin Wai Michael Siu is Professor and Leader of the Public Design Lab, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.