Walkable environment and community well-being: A case from the city of Kwun Tong

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Abstract

This study examined the relationship between the walkable environment and community wellbeing of the older people in Kwun Tong, a district in Hong Kong. Face-to-face survey interviews were conducted to collect data about perceived factors and community well-being of people aged 55 or above (N=257, M=71.78). Geographic Information System (GIS) was employed to obtain geographic data to assess objective factors. The results showed that perceived factors were more critical in explaining community well-being than objective factors.This is one of the few researches to study walkable environment and community well-being in both objective and subjective ways. The findings of this study could help policymakers and urban planners to move beyond the objective standard to better address the subjective environmental needs of older people in designing a walkable environment. The research findings also have implications for other Asian communities with similar environments and cultural backgrounds.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOpen House International
Early online date30 Dec 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Dec 2020

Keywords

  • walkable environment
  • community well-being
  • socially and culturally sustainable architecture and urban design

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