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Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation (JCDISI)

Founded in 2012, Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation (JCDISI) was the first design institute dedicated to social innovation in Asia. JCDISI contributes to advance University Social Responsibility of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and aims to become a leading institute to trigger social innovation in all dimensions of society to improve the well-being of the community and the people. The Mission of JCDISI is to provide an innovative and human-centred platform to envision a better life in the society, to connect people with passion, and nurture doers of all ages to innovate with collective wisdom to enable impactful action.


Participatory Social Innovation X Transitional Social Housing Three Experimental schemes – Ma Wan Old Village, former SKH Stanley Village Primary School, sites at the Junction of Yen Chow Street West and Tung Chau Street

  • 19 Dec 2019 - 23 Feb 2020

  • 10:00 - 22:00


The artistic idea of the exhibition is inspired by Furoshiki – a cloth wrapper used in ancient Asian times to pack and transport personal possessions when travelling. Furoshiki is a square cloth that can be used as a package of gift packaging in addition to a pack of personal belongings. Due to its transformative characteristic, Furoshiki evolved into a variety of packaging methods to carry items with different forms and sizes. This traditional culture fully reflects the spirit of nclusiveness and flexibility.

In the urban context, when faced with the opportunities and challenges arising from the progression of our society, the spatial design should be more flexible to deal with the needs of districts and our society. How should we reimagine the future of our space?

Through a participatory social innovation design process that lasted more than a year, JCDISI carried out research on Transitional Social Housing. Starting with six sites, the co-creation teams designed 7 conceptual schemes. In which 3 sites – Ma Wan, Stanley and Sham Shui Po – were further developed through SoInno action projects into implementable prototypes. We attempted to reimagine the future of the city idle resources with reference to the opinions of cross-sector, cross-disciplined stakeholders, when faced with the pre-existing constraints and challenges. In response to the pressing social need, the project was initiated to explore how the idle sites can be revived by restitching urban fabrics and consolidating social cohesion.

Each potential site for TSH has its unique opportunities and constraints given by its historical development and social changes. Factors affecting the place will continue to emerge. When assessing and investigating the feasibility of developing the sites, we attempted to prototype mouldable design schemes which are oriented to the community needs and user experience to keep abreast of the times in any dynamic social contexts.

With the objective of facilitating a participatory design and public engagement, this exhibition aims to highlight the limitless potential of cross-sector, transdisciplinary collaboration and encourages audiences to join our ongoing prototyping process. The 3 experimental schemes can be reference cases for those interested in Transitional Social Housing projects in the future.