Escalator can form link between different revitalisation projects
The Hong Kong Institute of Architects backs the initiatives of conserving Central, revitalisation of industrial buildings and other measures to support the growth of the six advantageous economic areas, which were unveiled in the chief executive's policy address.
We appreciate that the government has taken the right approach by addressing the need to strike a balance between economic development and the cultural conservation of our city.
The administration should be given credit for its efforts in Central.
It is committed to conserving the heritage of Central, enhancing the harbourfront and pursuing more greening and connectivity in a comprehensive manner.
This will showcase the uniqueness of the area while adding new life and vibrancy to it, which can be enjoyed by the public.
The institute is also pleased to know that our officials have devised a series of measures to support the growth of the six advantageous economic areas, including the cultural, creative, environmental and educational services industries.
We have been calling for the conservation of the Central Market, and were delighted to learn that the whole building will be refurbished.
We would suggest that the Mid-Levels escalator should serve as an 'urban spine'.
It can link up the various conservation projects in Central, including the rejuvenated market, which can become a central oasis.
This will serve as the 'lung' to provide a green public place for rest and leisure amidst the hustle and bustle of the area.
The connectivity of the various conservation projects covered under the scheme of conserving Central will need to be improved.
Anna S. Y. Kwong, president, Hong Kong Institute of Architects