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Urban Planning

Veteran architect Patrick Lau calls for public input into PLA berth design

The 0.3 hectare dock area has been the subject of almost 10,000 planning submissions, opposing its rezoning. Photo: David Wong

His suggestion comes amid fears that the dream of a continuous promenade along the new waterfront created by reclamation in Central and Wan Chai will not be realised.

Friday, 10 May, 2013, 4:46am

Creative solutions to give noisy Hong Kong a rare slice of silence

Illustration: Oliver Raw

Cities, workplaces, stores and homes are meticulously planned in terms of their construction, efficiency and cost, but little thought goes into how they sound.

3 May 2013 - 5:17am

Unease at planned reclamation projects in Hong Kong

Newly reclaimed land from Central to Wan Chai. Photo: Sam Tsang

Reclamation has for more than a century been the easy option to cope with growing demand for space in Hong Kong. Nine green groups oppose the reclamation proposals which have sparked critical discussion among urban planners in universities.

29 Apr 2013 - 7:08am 5 comments

Town Planning Board not 'obsequious'

Thomas Chow, chairman of Town Planning Board

I refer to Alex Lo's column ("Planning watchdog on a tight leash", April 17) in which various doubts over the Town Planning Board are raised. I am obliged to state the facts.

22 Apr 2013 - 1:58am

Urban planners must do more to give us some breathing space

Urban planning can play an important role in reducing roadside air pollution. Photo: Bloomberg

While recent proposals by the Environment Bureau to control vehicles' exhaust fumes have received much attention, it is also worth highlighting the role urban planning can play in reducing roadside air pollution. The "street canyon effect" can be reduced by improving ventilation, cutting vehicle use, reducing pedestrian exposure and mitigating pollutants.

19 Apr 2013 - 2:48am 1 comment

Managing China's urban spread

Managing China's urban spread

Increasing the size of metropolitan areas anchored by large cities may be the most effective way to develop midsize and small cities in China, as it has been elsewhere.

21 Mar 2013 - 2:51am

Singapore and Hong Kong swap notes on making cities more liveable

A billboard for a new project in Singapore, which in recent years has put much more emphasis on providing green features. Photo: Bloomberg

After conducting a study in 2011 on sustainable development in Hong Kong, the Urban Land Institute, a non-profit research group, teamed-up with the Centre for Liveable Cities in Singapore to study high-density living in the Lion City.

15 Mar 2013 - 5:02pm

2 community sites in Sai Kung to be used for flats, town planners say

The land, located near the Sai Kung town centre, is to be converted from community use to housing. Both sites combined are expected to yield almost 380 public flats.

9 Mar 2013 - 5:03am

Talking Points

Stephen Chan Chi-wan

Former TVB general manager Stephen Chan Chi-wan and his former assistant, Edthancy Tseng Pei-kun, learn their fate in their bribery case. District Court Judge Poon Siu-tung is reconsidering his verdict on the instructions of the Court of Appeal after it ruled that he had erred in law when he acquitted the pair in 2011

7 Mar 2013 - 2:35am

Rezoning plan for PLA dock will limit access to harbourfront promenade

If rezoning is approved, public access to this site in front of the PLA will be limited. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

A rezoning proposal for 150 metres of harbourfront land - issued by the government during the Lunar New Year holiday week - puts flesh on the bones of a deal struck by China and Britain in 1994 that the PLA should have a military berth next to its garrison headquarters.

24 Feb 2013 - 5:02am 5 comments

Underground may be the way to go in solving Hong Kong's housing woes

HKU relocated three service reservoirs into underground caverns, and used the space freed up from the relocation to construct three new buildings for the Centennial Campus. Photo: Sam Tsang

HKU managed to create space to solve its land shortage problem by moving three service reservoirs into rock caverns excavated in the adjacent hillside.

4 Feb 2013 - 4:40am

Clear plan needed to address land supply and housing issues

Buy at your own risk now.

Not surprisingly, the state of the real estate market, particularly the residential sector, has been the subject of much discussion since the new administration took office in July and began an attempt to make up for the failure of its predecessors to adequately address land and housing issues.

28 Nov 2012 - 3:13am

China Digest, November 26, 2012

Developers for six skyscrapers planned in the capital's central business district have asked the municipal planning commission for permission to make their buildings taller, by up to 100 metres, to help them better match their surrounding landscape, which will include the 510-metre-tall China Zun building to be completed in 2016.

26 Nov 2012 - 4:59am

Backward step in extra housing plan at Kai Tak site

Expanding the housing supply should not come at the expense of the urban design that aims to create a green and people-oriented harbour district.

While Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor may have quashed speculation that the planned stadium at Kai Tak could be relocated to make way for more housing, there is still cause for public concern. Lam confirmed that the government is seeking to increase the amount of residential and commercial development on the site.

16 Nov 2012 - 7:22am 1 comment

Public flats may be built on private homes land

Paul Chan Mo-po, Secretary for Development

The government risks pushing prices of homes even higher if sites on its land-sale list designated for private flats are used to build public housing, experts warn.

12 Nov 2012 - 5:31am