EPIDEMIC URBANISM ADAPTIVE REUSE
The communities in Hong Kong face various health and social issues, including epidemics such as mental health, cancer, and cardiovascular diseases, as well as socio-economic problems such as women’s health stigma, urban decay, and an aging population. In response to these issues that were brought to light by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Castle Peak Health Centre (CPHC) proposes a sustainable health centre prototype.
The prototype proposal involves adapting and reusing two ‘Tong Lau’ buildings in the Sham Shui Po district to create a Health Community Center. This center will offer spaces for cancer care, diabetes, mental health, cardiovascular health, and women’s health, while keeping community integration, accessibility, safety, and revitalization in mind. The aim is to create an environment that enhances the experience and delivery of prevention information and education, provides culturally sensitive and safe spaces for community support, and elevates community lifestyle by offering alternative and healthier lifestyle choices. Additionally, spaces for staff well-being and intellectual exchange will be promoted to ensure the quality of care can extend beyond the immediate community and benefit the wider network of Hong Kong and medical professionals.