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  1. Uncovering beauty in the urban jungle

    Posted Aug 28th 2005, 12:00am by lau kit wai

    ... Lau kit wai A walk through Hong Kong's concrete jungle is often a hurried affair, without so much as a second glance at the towering buildings along the way. But if you stop to take a closer look, you will find something beautiful, even in the plain ...

  2. Pollution in cities and seas the toughest clean-up task

    Posted Jun 03rd 2005, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Shi Jiangtao in Beijing Controlling air and water pollution in main cities and limiting deteriorating water quality in the Bohai and East China seas will be a tough task, according ... director Wang Yuqing said overall air quality in urban cities was poor, with more than half the mainland cities surveyed being affected by acid rain and high concentrations of breathable particles. ...

  3. Sun, sea and sand tunes

    Posted Aug 25th 2005, 12:00am by Adam Wright, Annabel Walker

    ... But even though Hong Kong has been blessed with some superb shorelines, beach party culture has never really taken off in this urban jungle. Residents living near the city's most accessible ...

  4. Whither the poor man's rich heritage?

    Posted Sep 27th 2005, 12:00am by Philip Yeung

    ... a dizzying array of bodies- the Town Planning Board and the Urban Renewal Authority, among others. Yet the outcome is never in doubt. Money always wins. These days, when an old business ... of unceremoniously dumping a precious part of Hong Kong's heritage. With cruel efficiency, rule-bound functionaries are dancing to developers' tunes and turning Hong Kong into a sanitised urban ...

  5. A shift is badly needed in our museum culture

    Posted Feb 12th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Last financial year, Hong Kong's Museum of Art spent more on electricity, cleaning and security than it did on staging exhibitions. And the salary budget was nearly three times the amount set aside for buying and displaying art. This is a fairly typi ...

  6. Bureau considers plan to hasten clearance of slums

    Posted Jan 19th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... as 80 per cent from 90 per cent to trigger the compulsory sale of a property and expedite urban redevelopment. In his policy address last week, Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa highlighted the growing problem of urban decay and set out a four-pronged strategy to curb it- redevelopment, rehabilitation, revital- isation and preservation. Mr Tung also said last week the Housing Society ...

  7. London's Olympic planner states formula for success

    Posted Jul 13th 2005, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... Chloe Lai Successful urban regeneration is aimed at bringing social and economic benefits to those affected, the planner behind London's winning 2012 Olympics bid said yesterday. ... with at least half affordable to low-income families- and around 7,000 new jobs. There will also be a new park, the largest to be built in urban Europe in the past 150 years. All the buildings ...

  8. Guidelines in works to bring breath of fresh air

    Posted Jun 14th 2005, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... developments- by improving the layout and design of urban areas- but developers will not be forced to follow it. The move by the Planning Department comes after an 'unprecedented' university ... to follow the new rules, he said. Instead, the government will first ask quasi-official organisations- such as the Urban Renewal Authority, the Housing Society and the two railway companies- ...

  9. Community input vital for effective urban renewal

    Posted Aug 19th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... An appeal to the government to make it easier to force the sale of properties slated for redevelopment is a reminder that urban renewal in Hong Kong is lagging other big cities. Urban ... the establishment of the Urban Renewal Authority four years ago has even added to the problems, by encouraging owners of some old buildings not to spend money on renovations in the hope their properties ...

  10. Urban Dream Capsule

    Posted Jan 01st 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Urban Dream Capsule By day seven of three weeks' living inside a glass pod, UDC podmonauts (from left) Nick Papas, Neil Thomas, David Wells and Andrew Moorish drew more than 1.5 million visitors. The show ends when the podmonauts leave the pod on Tue, 3pm. Open 24 hours. The Pod, Atrium, 4/F Langham Place, Mongkok. Inquiries: 2899 2892 ...




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