Designing Hong Kong

City Speak III - HK's Public Space: How Open is Open?

1 March 2008

Street markets, podiums, sidewalks, footbridges, country parks, roof gardens, rock streams, nullahs, bus stops. Squeezed between the mountains and the sea, and competing with high-rise buildings and busy freeways, public space in Hong Kong is constantly taking on new forms. But how much public space do we need? How should it be managed? When is it open to everyone? Is it acceptable to have public space monopolized by a select group of users or activities? Attend this town hall meeting to discuss what does and does not work for you.

Speakers:

  • Paul Zimmerman, Founding member, Designing Hong Kong
  • Dr. W. K. Chan, Co-convenor of the study group on 'Hong Kong: A creative metropolis' under the Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre
  • Raymond Wong Wai-man, Assistant Director, Planning Department
  • Paul Cheung Kwok-kee, Assistant Director, Leisure Services, Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Hong Kong Government
  • Tim Li, Director of para/site art space
  • Sean C.S. Chiao, AIA, Senior VP, Regional Chair, Asia, EDAW
  • Prof. Edward Ng, Department of Architecture, Chinese University 

Respondants:

  • Oren Tatcher, Architect
  • Dr. Kacey Wong, Visual Artist, Assistant Prof. School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Moderator:

  • Marisa Yiu, Director of MKSYIU Studio, Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, Hong Kong University 
SPEAKERS

Introduction and findings
Paul Zimmerman, Founding member, Designing Hong Kong

Refine urban spaces to build a creative city
Dr. W. K. Chan, Co-convenor of the study group on 'Hong Kong: A creative metropolis' under the Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre

Hong Kong's Public Space
Raymond Wong Wai-man, Assistant Director, Planning Department

Hong Kong's Public Space
Paul Cheung Kwok-kee, Assistant Director, Leisure Services, Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Hong Kong Government

Public use of Tamar 
Hong Kong Government (TBC)

Hong Kong's Public Space 
Tim Li, Director of para/site art space

Hong Kong's Public Space 
Sean C.S. Chiao, AIA, Senior VP, Regional Chair, Asia, EDAW

Urban Environmental Design 
Prof. Edward Ng, Department of Architecture, Chinese University

RESPONDENTS
Oren Tatcher, Architect
Dr. Kacey Wong, Visual Artist, Assistant Prof. School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

MODERATOR
Marisa Yiu
Director of MKSYIU Studio,
Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, Hong Kong University