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How Hong Kong's old buildings can live on
Can Hong Kong ever regain its remarkable era of 'polite politics'?
People's welfare must be the goal of economic growth, not sacrificed to serve the economy
Abolish corporate voting to make Hong Kong elections fairer

Hong Kong may be the only jurisdiction on earth which allows non-human corporate entities to vote, and their existence is one of the murkiest aspects of Hong Kong's political system.

14 Nov 2014 - 5:22AM

Hong Kong may be the only jurisdiction on earth which allows non-human corporate entities to vote, and their existence is one of the murkiest aspects of Hong Kong's political system.

Abolish corporate voting to make Hong Kong elections fairer
Vienna shows what Hong Kong could do with a functioning city government

At a recent forum on urban innovations, hosted by the European Union Academic Programme, Dominic Weiss of the Smart City Vienna project gave an inspiring talk about his city's sustainable development policies.

31 Oct 2014 - 5:18AM

At a recent forum on urban innovations, hosted by the European Union Academic Programme, Dominic Weiss of the Smart City Vienna project gave an inspiring talk about his city's sustainable development policies.

Vienna shows what Hong Kong could do with a functioning city government
Seeds of Occupy Central can be found in our governance dysfunction

On Sunday afternoon, the dysfunctionality of Hong Kong’s political system came up  against the pent-up resentment of its people in a dramatic confrontation that surprised the world.

3 Oct 2014 - 2:09AM

On Sunday afternoon, the dysfunctionality of Hong Kong’s political system came up  against the pent-up resentment of its people in a dramatic confrontation that surprised the world.

Seeds of Occupy Central can be found in our governance dysfunction
West Kowloon park needs a life of its own to attract people

It was probably inevitable that the budget for the West Kowloon Cultural District park would be cut. With projected cost overruns for the arts hub, Norman Foster's vision of an urban forest has now been replaced with a series of open lawns.

5 May 2015 - 11:40AM

It was probably inevitable that the budget for the West Kowloon Cultural District park would be cut. With projected cost overruns for the arts hub, Norman Foster's vision of an urban forest has now been replaced with a series of open lawns.

West Kowloon park needs a life of its own to attract people
Who should pay for heritage conservation?

Everyone agrees with heritage conservation in principle, but no one wants to pay for it. The government must rethink its approach to compensation and adopt creative solutions to help preserve the city's historic buildings.

8 Aug 2014 - 1:44AM

Everyone agrees with heritage conservation in principle, but no one wants to pay for it. The government must rethink its approach to compensation and adopt creative solutions to help preserve the city's historic buildings.

Who should pay for heritage conservation?
Hong Kong's profit-driven urban renewal policy needs a rethink

Three years ago, the Urban Renewal Authority announced a new "demand-led" strategy for urban renewal. Now, the strategy has stalled. Because of the unprofitability of small projects, the authority recently announced that it would no longer accept applications on sites smaller than 600-800 square metres.

13 Jun 2014 - 3:42AM

Three years ago, the Urban Renewal Authority announced a new "demand-led" strategy for urban renewal. Now, the strategy has stalled. Because of the unprofitability of small projects, the authority recently announced that it would no longer accept applications on sites smaller than 600-800 square metres.

Hong Kong's profit-driven urban renewal policy needs a rethink
A good housing plan goes beyond building more flats

One of the best features of Hong Kong, and probably a major reason it is such a safe and vibrant city, is that the affluent and poor live in relatively close proximity to one another.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

One of the best features of Hong Kong, and probably a major reason it is such a safe and vibrant city, is that the affluent and poor live in relatively close proximity to one another.

A good housing plan goes beyond building more flats
Found in Mong Kok: a 'shared space' for people and cars

Several months ago, I predicted that the curtailment of the Mong Kok pedestrian zone's hours would result in a traffic-choked, overcrowded nightmare. I was wrong.

18 Apr 2014 - 3:14AM

Several months ago, I predicted that the curtailment of the Mong Kok pedestrian zone's hours would result in a traffic-choked, overcrowded nightmare. I was wrong.

Found in Mong Kok: a 'shared space' for people and cars
Does Hong Kong really need 470,000 flats over the next 10 years?

In the scramble to provide more housing, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has proposed to increase building densities across the city. According to a paper submitted by the Development Bureau to the Legislative Council at the end of January, development densities will rise by 20 per cent, except in the already extremely crowded parts of northern Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.

7 Mar 2014 - 1:46AM

In the scramble to provide more housing, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has proposed to increase building densities across the city. According to a paper submitted by the Development Bureau to the Legislative Council at the end of January, development densities will rise by 20 per cent, except in the already extremely crowded parts of northern Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.

Does Hong Kong really need 470,000 flats over the next 10 years?
Shared space a traffic plan worth trying in Hong Kong

Imagine a street without guard railings, kerbs or traffic signals. Pedestrians, vehicles and even bicyclists weave around another at a leisurely pace.

28 Dec 2013 - 4:47AM

Imagine a street without guard railings, kerbs or traffic signals. Pedestrians, vehicles and even bicyclists weave around another at a leisurely pace.

Shared space a traffic plan worth trying in Hong Kong
Pedestrian-zone cuts will silence Mong Kok's buzz

In a remarkably short-sighted move, the Yau Tsim Mong District Council has voted to remove the Sai Yeung Choi Street pedestrian zone on weekday nights, leaving it closed to cars only at weekends. It cited the numerous complaints from residents and shopkeepers.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

In a remarkably short-sighted move, the Yau Tsim Mong District Council has voted to remove the Sai Yeung Choi Street pedestrian zone on weekday nights, leaving it closed to cars only at weekends. It cited the numerous complaints from residents and shopkeepers.

Pedestrian-zone cuts will silence Mong Kok's buzz
Factory space can convert to housing

With housing prices still sky high, government officials are looking everywhere for land to fulfil the demand for affordable housing - everywhere, that is, except for old industrial areas.

1 Nov 2013 - 12:13AM

With housing prices still sky high, government officials are looking everywhere for land to fulfil the demand for affordable housing - everywhere, that is, except for old industrial areas.

Factory space can convert to housing
Breathe creativity into Hong Kong housing design

Two weeks ago, the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority announced the winning design for the M+ museum for visual culture. The minimalistic design, which consists of one rectangular slab balanced on top of another in the shape of an upside-down T, drew criticism for its lack of creativity.

12 Jul 2013 - 3:09AM

Two weeks ago, the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority announced the winning design for the M+ museum for visual culture. The minimalistic design, which consists of one rectangular slab balanced on top of another in the shape of an upside-down T, drew criticism for its lack of creativity.

Breathe creativity into Hong Kong housing design
Urban planners must do more to give us some breathing space

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.

7 May 2015 - 3:07PM

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.

Urban planners must do more to give us some breathing space
Women's work is not yet done
Backward step in extra housing plan at Kai Tak site
Rethink Hong Kong's dull housing development

With planning under way on the extension of Tung Chung, and ongoing discussions about additional reclamation to increase housing supply, it is worth pausing to consider the overall layout of Hong Kong's new development areas. 

28 Jun 2013 - 4:39AM

With planning under way on the extension of Tung Chung, and ongoing discussions about additional reclamation to increase housing supply, it is worth pausing to consider the overall layout of Hong Kong's new development areas. 

Rethink Hong Kong's dull housing development