Urban Informality and Infrastructure Planning in Hong Kong and Lagos Metropolis: Professionals Perspectives

  • Oluwole Soyinka
  • Kin Wai Michael Siu
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 600)


This study assesses the professional perspective of urban informality and infrastructure planning in Hong Kong and Lagos metropolis so as to develop a strategy for sustainable urban development and ameliorate the challenges of urban informal settlement and infrastructure planning globally. The study adopts case study methodology with the qualitative method of data collection and mixed method of data analysis through reconnaissance survey, participant observation and the interview of environmental professionals. The data were analyzed through the theme description and descriptive statistics such as tables, pictures, images and the reported statements of the interviewee. The findings of this study reflect that urban informal settlement and infrastructure challenges exist and it’s associated with several other factors. Also, inadequate infrastructure is described to affects the condition of living in Lagos metropolis, but such cannot be stated in Hong Kong, as the proliferation of poor condition of living is more of a system and governance than infrastructure development.


Urban informality Urban informal settlement Infrastructure Planning Urbanization Sustainable development 



The authors would like to acknowledge the Hong Kong Research Grant Council for the RGC Ph.D. Fellowship award and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University for their research support to carry out this research. The authors also thank the support of the Lagos State Metropolis and the Hong Kong SAR, public and private professionals (urban planners, architects, and other environmentalist) interviewed for this research study. The efforts of the Public Design Lab researchers and research students, the anonymous reviewers and the editor of this paper were also acknowledged and appreciated


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Public Design Lab, School of DesignThe Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityKowloonHong Kong

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