Ryan Ip

Ryan Ip

Ryan Ip is the head of Land and Housing Research at Our Hong Kong Foundation, and a member of the government’s Land and Development Advisory Committee. He holds a Master of Science in economics from the London School of Economics and is also a chartered surveyor.

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Opinion | How Hong Kong’s third runway reclamation success can aid the city’s housing effort

The use of deep cement mixing helps avoid the release of large amounts of marine sediment and traffic, easing environmental concerns. Future reclamation works can benefit as it provides a good alternative to lengthy land resumption.

The use of deep cement mixing helps avoid the release of large amounts of marine sediment and traffic, easing environmental concerns. Future reclamation works can benefit as it provides a good alternative to lengthy land resumption.

27 Oct 2021 - 6:45AM
Opinion | Hong Kong’s housing crisis: with fewer and smaller flats, quality of life will only worsen

With land and housing supply lagging behind targets for years, the situation is now dire. The government must expedite all major land supply initiatives, especially the New Development Areas, and streamline procedures.

With land and housing supply lagging behind targets for years, the situation is now dire. The government must expedite all major land supply initiatives, especially the New Development Areas, and streamline procedures.

13 May 2021 - 6:45AM
Opinion | Land for housing is in short supply and the government is running out of options

The problem stems from a lack of large-scale land development over the past 20 years. Of particular concern is the low proportion of government, large and spade-ready sites. To break this vicious circle, long-term projects must be delivered on time, or even ahead of schedule.

The problem stems from a lack of large-scale land development over the past 20 years. Of particular concern is the low proportion of government, large and spade-ready sites. To break this vicious circle, long-term projects must be delivered on time, or even ahead of schedule.

25 Mar 2021 - 9:15AM
Opinion | Six ways Hong Kong can finance the crucial Lantau Tomorrow Vision

The government, in launching large projects, has used various development models to ease the financial burden. Providing a clear direction will help win public confidence.

The government, in launching large projects, has used various development models to ease the financial burden. Providing a clear direction will help win public confidence.

25 Oct 2020 - 11:16AM
Opinion | Hong Kong needs an industrial policy to keep up with rapidly evolving trade logistics

Without an industrial blueprint and economic planning, Hong Kong may miss the opportunities in modern logistics, as a land supply shortage restricts the growth of the larger warehouses and data centres needed in the evolution.

Without an industrial blueprint and economic planning, Hong Kong may miss the opportunities in modern logistics, as a land supply shortage restricts the growth of the larger warehouses and data centres needed in the evolution.

20 Aug 2020 - 12:45PM
Opinion | Hong Kong must cut the red tape and start churning out public housing to tackle the acute shortage of homes

At the crux of delays is a lack of transparency. An official one-stop platform disclosing the progress of each public housing project would allow government bureaus to be held accountable, and development timelines to be better respected.

At the crux of delays is a lack of transparency. An official one-stop platform disclosing the progress of each public housing project would allow government bureaus to be held accountable, and development timelines to be better respected.

16 May 2020 - 10:34AM
Opinion | Hong Kong’s housing shortfall: why the worst is yet to come

Public and private completions in the city are set to plunge in the next few years and experts say a multipronged approach is needed to ensure the looming crisis is averted

Public and private completions in the city are set to plunge in the next few years and experts say a multipronged approach is needed to ensure the looming crisis is averted

25 May 2019 - 10:05PM
Opinion | Solving Hong Kong’s chronic housing shortage requires a broad approach

The government needs to adopt a multi-pronged approach to increasing land supply, including reclamation off the east of Lantau Island

The government needs to adopt a multi-pronged approach to increasing land supply, including reclamation off the east of Lantau Island

2 Mar 2019 - 9:35PM
Opinion | If Hong Kong’s housing targets seem too good to be true, it’s because they are

The government’s rose-tinted projections of public flat numbers are not supported by the actual pace of construction and cannot relieve the city’s severe housing crunch. Worse, they take the focus away from the real problem at hand: the shortage of land.

The government’s rose-tinted projections of public flat numbers are not supported by the actual pace of construction and cannot relieve the city’s severe housing crunch. Worse, they take the focus away from the real problem at hand: the shortage of land.

19 Feb 2019 - 12:34PM
Opinion | Why Hong Kong’s land crisis cannot be fixed quickly by focusing on brownfield sites

Brownfield sites emerged as a result of negligence in land planning. Developing them, while accounting for the existing businesses and workers on the land, will be more challenging than is commonly thought.

Brownfield sites emerged as a result of negligence in land planning. Developing them, while accounting for the existing businesses and workers on the land, will be more challenging than is commonly thought.

11 Jan 2019 - 6:36AM
Opinion | Island of hope: for crowded, cramped Hong Kong, a huge new island will be a game changer

Land shortage in Hong Kong is so critical that piecemeal solutions will simply not satisfy people’s need for more affordable and spacious housing. After weighing the pros and cons, reclamation is the city’s best option.

Land shortage in Hong Kong is so critical that piecemeal solutions will simply not satisfy people’s need for more affordable and spacious housing. After weighing the pros and cons, reclamation is the city’s best option.

5 Oct 2018 - 9:18PM
The Basic Law means land resumption in New Territories to build more housing isn’t so simple

Thanks to the private property protections in the Basic Law, an old colonial-era ordinance letting the government take lands for public purposes may not hold up in court, as shown by Town Hysan Development’s case against the Planning Board.

Thanks to the private property protections in the Basic Law, an old colonial-era ordinance letting the government take lands for public purposes may not hold up in court, as shown by Town Hysan Development’s case against the Planning Board.

2 Aug 2018 - 5:03AM