Ian Brownlee

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

3 Jul 2019 - 6:39AM

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.

It isn’t just Carrie Lam who needs to listen to the people. So does the whole of Hong Kong’s civil service
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.

2 Apr 2019 - 9:11AM

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.

Hong Kong has blown its chance to sell the public on congestion pricing, and won’t get another soon
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.

28 Dec 2018 - 6:39AM

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.

Central-Wan Chai Bypass isn’t just vital infrastructure – it offers overcrowded Hong Kong a way out
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.

17 Oct 2018 - 7:57PM

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.

Hong Kong’s trees are at risk – more from people who don’t want them in urban areas than from typhoons
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.

10 May 2018 - 7:44PM

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.

Hong Kong can solve its housing problems without finding more land – just don’t ignore the facts
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.

27 Mar 2018 - 6:50PM

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.

Don’t blame developers for Hong Kong’s land ‘shortage’ –  government policies are the real problem
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

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

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

A solution for Hong Kong’s plastic waste crisis: turn it into fuel
How Carrie Lam can fulfil her promise to help Hong Kong’s youth realise their full potential
Hong Kong must target private cars to stop the city grinding to a halt
Making Hong Kong a walkable city, one step at a time
Kitchee land fiasco highlights lack of long-term planning for sports facilities in Hong Kong
Spare Lantau Island from more artificial tourism projects
Rezoning of Hong Kong’s green belt for housing must be a last resort
Hong Kong harbour's return to health should be a green light for more water sports events
Why Hong Kong housing affordability has little to do with supply
What housing crisis in Hong Kong?
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.

22 Sep 2014 - 4:17AM

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.

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

10 Jun 2014 - 1:58AM

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.

Urban planning must reflect Hong Kong's great need for community and open space
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.

2 Dec 2013 - 3:40AM

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.

Community has the know-how to tackle Hong Kong's waste challenges
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.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

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.

Villager rights deserve protection, but they can't trump all else
Fittest, fastest HK side yet not in the race so it's time we gave them more experience
Heritage conservation built on trust
How to build a world-class waterfront
Sports explosion shakes up HK
27 Feb 2005 - 12:00AM
Sports explosion shakes up HK
Regulate tourist numbers for Hong Kong's benefit