Ian Brownlee

Ian Brownlee

Ian Brownlee is the managing director of planning consultancy Masterplan Limited and a member of the Citizens Task Force on Land Utilisation.

Latest from Ian Brownlee

Opinion | The coronavirus crisis is changing how we work, travel and shop. That might just save our planet

The Covid-19 epidemic has forced lifestyle changes, such as reductions in air travel and conspicuous consumption, that will benefit our planet. The Hong Kong government should take forward the ‘smart city’ changes people have been forced to adopt.

The Covid-19 epidemic has forced lifestyle changes, such as reductions in air travel and conspicuous consumption, that will benefit our planet. The Hong Kong government should take forward the ‘smart city’ changes people have been forced to adopt.

11 Mar 2020 - 6:41AM
Opinion | After Hong Kong’s pro-democracy camp election win, a Town Planning Board case heralds signs of change

The board’s handling of a proposal by the city’s Anglican church to build a high-rise hospital building on a site in Central indicates that public bodies feel more empowered after the district council elections to act in an independent manner.

The board’s handling of a proposal by the city’s Anglican church to build a high-rise hospital building on a site in Central indicates that public bodies feel more empowered after the district council elections to act in an independent manner.

10 Jan 2020 - 10:10AM
Opinion | Resumption of land is costly and takes time. Here are five better ways to fix Hong Kong’s housing shortage

These ideas that were rejected or ignored deserve a rethink: phase out subdivided flats, change the way public housing eligibility is determined, review mortgage controls, revamp the land premium system, and consider providing a rental subsidy.

These ideas that were rejected or ignored deserve a rethink: phase out subdivided flats, change the way public housing eligibility is determined, review mortgage controls, revamp the land premium system, and consider providing a rental subsidy.

19 Sep 2019 - 9:37AM
Opinion | It isn’t just Carrie Lam who needs to listen to the people. So does the whole of Hong Kong’s civil service

The civil service needs to listen, not only to the younger generation, but to everyone in Hong Kong who cares enough to march. Officials all too often ignore public input rather than taking notice of what people say they need in their neighbourhoods.

The civil service needs to listen, not only to the younger generation, but to everyone in Hong Kong who cares enough to march. Officials all too often ignore public input rather than taking notice of what people say they need in their neighbourhoods.

3 Jul 2019 - 6:39AM
Opinion | Hong Kong has blown its chance to sell the public on congestion pricing, and won’t get another soon

The administration fixated on pushing through the tunnel tolls plan, instead of discussing the environmental rationale behind congestion charging. Now it has lost that fight and seems to be getting cold feet over road pricing in Central.

The administration fixated on pushing through the tunnel tolls plan, instead of discussing the environmental rationale behind congestion charging. Now it has lost that fight and seems to be getting cold feet over road pricing in Central.

2 Apr 2019 - 9:11AM
Opinion | Central-Wan Chai Bypass isn’t just vital infrastructure – it offers overcrowded Hong Kong a way out

The Central-Wan Chai Bypass can relieve traffic at the centre of Hong Kong, creating new opportunities to make the city more livable and enjoyable.

The Central-Wan Chai Bypass can relieve traffic at the centre of Hong Kong, creating new opportunities to make the city more livable and enjoyable.

28 Dec 2018 - 6:39AM
Opinion | Hong Kong’s trees are at risk – more from people who don’t want them in urban areas than from typhoons

Tree replacement is a pressing issue in the aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut. The government needs to rethink how to plant storm-resistant trees, and to overcome emotional public resistance to the idea of urban trees.

Tree replacement is a pressing issue in the aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut. The government needs to rethink how to plant storm-resistant trees, and to overcome emotional public resistance to the idea of urban trees.

17 Oct 2018 - 7:57PM
Hong Kong can solve its housing problems without finding more land – just don’t ignore the facts

The top priority for addressing Hong Kong’s housing problems is enacting practical measures for those inadequately housed. If the task force on land supply ventures into schemes for increasing supply in the hope of bringing down prices, the results will be disappointing.

The top priority for addressing Hong Kong’s housing problems is enacting practical measures for those inadequately housed. If the task force on land supply ventures into schemes for increasing supply in the hope of bringing down prices, the results will be disappointing.

10 May 2018 - 7:44PM
Don’t blame developers for Hong Kong’s land ‘shortage’ – government policies are the real problem

The government’s policy of buying back land in the New Territories, rather than allowing private owners to participate in the development of new towns, is contributing to the delay in freeing up land for housing.

The government’s policy of buying back land in the New Territories, rather than allowing private owners to participate in the development of new towns, is contributing to the delay in freeing up land for housing.

27 Mar 2018 - 6:50PM
A solution for Hong Kong’s plastic waste crisis: turn it into fuel

Ian Brownlee says as Hong Kong throws away more and more plastic while recycling rates dip, it should look to gas plasma technology for a solution

Ian Brownlee says as Hong Kong throws away more and more plastic while recycling rates dip, it should look to gas plasma technology for a solution

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Hong Kong's buildings should be generating electricity, not using it

This week is World Green Building Week, and it is observed in Hong Kong. The past approach to sustainable building design has largely focused on making buildings more energy efficient and reducing their carbon footprint.

This week is World Green Building Week, and it is observed in Hong Kong. The past approach to sustainable building design has largely focused on making buildings more energy efficient and reducing their carbon footprint.

22 Sep 2014 - 4:17AM
Urban planning must reflect Hong Kong's great need for community and open space

There is no doubt that the previous administration did not put enough land up for sale. Housing supply dropped to a level that affected the affordability of homes in Hong Kong.

There is no doubt that the previous administration did not put enough land up for sale. Housing supply dropped to a level that affected the affordability of homes in Hong Kong.

10 Jun 2014 - 1:58AM
Community has the know-how to tackle Hong Kong's waste challenges

Well-researched community initiatives are placing a different pressure on the government to look at how to implement its waste management policy. Waste management is widely recognised as a community problem. Waste levels are excessive relative to other places and landfill sites are running out of capacity. Community objections to landfill expansion and the use of incinerators are problems inherited from the previous administration.

Well-researched community initiatives are placing a different pressure on the government to look at how to implement its waste management policy. Waste management is widely recognised as a community problem. Waste levels are excessive relative to other places and landfill sites are running out of capacity. Community objections to landfill expansion and the use of incinerators are problems inherited from the previous administration.

2 Dec 2013 - 3:40AM
Villager rights deserve protection, but they can't trump all else

The development secretary opened a can of worms with his suggestion that residential development could take place in country parks. However, the more complex issue is what to do with the "enclaves" that are surrounded by country parks, but not included as part of them.

The development secretary opened a can of worms with his suggestion that residential development could take place in country parks. However, the more complex issue is what to do with the "enclaves" that are surrounded by country parks, but not included as part of them.

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