Animal Assisted Intervention for Hong Kong’s ‘Hikikomori’
The therapeutic value of animals to relieve stress in the young, elderly and sick has been documented by academics and medical professionals around the world. But what has not been known until relatively recently is how therapy animals can also help people who have difficulties dealing with modern society and lock themselves away in their rooms. Dr Paul Wong, Associate Professor at the Department of Social Work and Social Administration, is working with a non-profit-making social service organisation to study how therapy animals, mainly trained dogs, are helping Hong Kong’s hidden youth to regain their self-belief.
Microspaces Made Liveable
Hong Kong’s tiny subdivided flats are here to stay, reckons Juan Du, Associate Professor and Associate Dean (International and Mainland China Affairs) of the Faculty of Architecture. So she and her students are helping make it easier to live in them.
A City Map for Pedestrians
Most street maps are designed to get cars from A to B. But now the Faculty of Architecture has an alternative: a 3D map that helps pedestrians navigate narrow walkways and footbridges, and provides a trove of data for app makers.
A Gendered Approach to Mental Health
Psychosis tends to strike women a decade or longer after men. The Department of Psychiatry has a new project that builds on its deep, long-term work and helps the most economically-deprived female sufferers treat this silent ailment as early as possible.
Digital Construction: A Better Way to Build
The RFID-BIM platform developed by Dr Wilson Lu’s team enabled everyone in the building process, from manufacturer to transporter to contractor, to see where each component was at all times, which resulted in shorter production cycle for manufacturing
A Culturally-Sensitive Tool to Assess Asia’s Young Children
Children tend to be precocious in the skills that are valued in their culture.