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WKCD Urban Design Workshop
6 December 2008, 3-6pm
HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity
135 Junction Road, Kowloon
5 Minutes from Luk Fu MTR Station
For more information: [email protected]
The purpose of the workshop is to develop spatial patterns of Yau-Tsim-Mong into urban design guidelines for the future West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD).

Prof. John Liu and his students from the National Taiwan University developed these patterns which emphasize the interaction of people and the public spaces in their environment.

Designing WKCD from the experience of Yau-Tsim-Mong.

Their research report (available on Saturday) documents the results of a design research seminar conducted by the National Taiwan University Graduate Institute of Building and Planning earlier this year.

The research intent was to explore the potential of transforming spatial patterns of the daily living environment observed in the Yau-Tsim-Mong area of Kowloon into applicable urban design guidelines for the planning of WKCD.

Being outsiders to the community, the team used information gathered in direct observations, in a number of resident interviews, and in several structured workshops with community workers and local residents.

Spatial patterns are definable and distinctive sets of interactive relationships between people and public space. For example, a distinctive spatial pattern in Yau-Tsim-Mong is how people relate to the presence of newspaper stalls serving as an essential node in daily social networking within the local neighbourhood.

The team has identified and documented twenty such spatial patterns that they think are important and meaningful to maintaining a distinctive local public place in West Kowloon.

Obviously each pattern is still open to debate and interpretation, and taken together they are far from comprehensive. In order to specify the spatial characteristics of the new WKCD with this initial and tentative understanding the community need to be actively engaged before the significant spatial patterns can be integrated into the planning of WKCD.

Tentative clusters or networks of spatial patterns need to be transformed into urban design guidelines for the planning of the WKCD. These guidelines can be used as communicative tools by the lay public and the professional planners. They can also be used by citizens who are interested and/or are actively participating in determining the spatial characteristics of WKCD.

Aside from the on-going negotiations over the program and content of WKCD, the determination of the spatial characteristics of this water-front development will be a crucial step towards the formation of a distinctively local as well as a cosmopolitan district within Hong Kong as Asia's World City.

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