Hong Kong is one of Asia’s top tourist destinations – an energetic, flexible and dynamic city, yet many vacant spaces are underutilised and disconnected from the vibrant, dense urban districts that align it. In view of the growing call for community-led initiatives, Lead8 Project Director Kenji Wong and Senior Associate Director Ian Ralph, alongside community leaders, NGOs, professional institutes participated in the city’s first urban planning and design “sandbox” event, CollaborateHK Sandbox Charrette, held in Hong Kong on 23-24 March 2018.
CollaborateHK is an independent study of a possible new policy framework undertaken by Very Hong Kong. The two day “sandbox” exercise aims to explore feasible community-led initiatives of eight vacant sites in Hong Kong, including a waterfront site at Sai Ying Pun, idle land at Shing Wong Street in Sheung Wan and a vacant waterfront site at Hoi Yu Street, Quarry Bay. Each team is assigned to develop initial ideas, feasibility studies and concept drawings to illustrate the proposed use of a vacant site in the city. An advisory panel of global and local experts were invited to evaluate the feasibility of team proposals and the CollaborateHK framework.
“It is encouraging to see a collaboration between professionals and the public to initiate creative ideas in making Hong Kong a more liveable place. This design charrette is an effective platform for the community to express their ideas and raise public awareness on the hidden value of underutilised land in Hong Kong,” said Lead8 Project Director Kenji Wong.
“Working together with residents and students to help develop innovative ideas to activate vacant urban areas ensures the proposals will improve the living environment and quality of life for the city and those living nearby,” added Lead8 Senior Associate Director Ian Ralph.
CollaborateHK sets a positive opportunity for planning in Hong Kong. Here at Lead8, we are committed to planning and designing flexible, sustainable and liveable places. Our award-winning project, HarbourLoop, provides an opportunity to rejuvenate, connect and transform Hong Kong’s harbourfront into enjoyable public spaces that generate social benefits for all.
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