Cross-cultural values in street furniture emotion design

Hong Yang Song, Kin Wai Michael Siu, Sha Liu

Research output: Chapter in book / Conference proceedingConference article published in proceeding or bookAcademic researchpeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)


Emotion is a complicated psychological activity. Psychologists hold that emotion is the remnants of animals' origins. In fact, human emotion is not only a kind of sign of animals' origins, but it is also greatly influenced by social and cultural factors. Psychologists have also classified emotion into advanced and lower ranks. Emotion induced by social and cultural factors is considered advanced, and is unique to human beings. In recent years, more cities have tended to demonstrate their cultural values in public environments and facilities, among which street furniture play a crucial role. Researchers and practicing designers have also considered how different emotions relate to the production and reception of street furniture design. Therefore, besides its basic physical function, a considerable number of street furniture is also designed to catch the public's eye and serve to be important windows to illustrate different cultural values. This paper first explores feelings and emotional experiences induced by cultural elements. By using the findings of a survey, this paper compares the effect of different cultures on the emotional experience towards the same street furniture. Taking Hong Kong and Beijing as case studies, several kinds of typical street furniture are analysed and the relevant distinct feelings aroused by street furniture of people from different cultural backgrounds are examined. This paper holds that different cultural factors can arouse users' different emotions such as hate, love, joy, sorrow and so on even when the users use the same street furniture.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings from the 6th Conference on Design and Emotion 2008
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008
Event6th Conference on Design and Emotion 2008 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 6 Oct 20089 Oct 2008


Conference6th Conference on Design and Emotion 2008
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityHong Kong


  • Cross-cultural factors
  • Emotion
  • Street furniture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software


Dive into the research topics of 'Cross-cultural values in street furniture emotion design'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this