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CitySpeak: Beautiful City, Ugly Places.
November 21. 9:30-12:30. Fringe Club.

Come and join people from all walks of life this Saturday to discuss how we can change mindsets and make Hong Kong as pretty from up close as it is from a distance. Speakers confirmed include: Ada Wong (former Chair of the Wanchai District Council), K.C. Wong (artist), Barney Cheng (fashion designer), LK Lam (The Link Reit), Oren Tatcher (architect), Markus Shaw (business man and former chair of WWF), and others.

Call 2521 7251 to reserve your free seat. For more information, visit http://www.hkfringe.com.hk/cityspeakviii.pdf or www.designinghongkong.com

Share your photos!

You can tell what makes our city beautiful, and what makes our city ugly. Go to the Photogallery at http://publicspace.designinghongkong.com/ and post your photos or comments. Below are four of the many photographs posted by readers on our website since last week.

Visit the Exhibition! Fringe Gallery.
Opening Wednesday 18 November at noon.

From 18 to 25 November, the Gallery at the Fringe Club will display images of beauty and ugliness in Hong Kong, collected by architect Oren Tatcher. The exhibition is meant to stimulate debate: What is beautiful? What is ugly? Who decides? How do we improve so that Hong Kong is more beautiful for everyone?

Hong Kong looks great - from a distance.

Pictures posted by readers on www.designinghongkong.com

Hong Kong is blessed with stunning natural settings, a drama of islands and bays and steep green mountains. Dotting that landscape is an imposing man-made landscape of densely-packed skyscrapers and colorful lights. It looks great - from a distance.

Up close, the magic is gone, and beauty is replaced with an often ugly reality. Between glittering skyscrapers and sparkling shopping malls we have cracking sidewalks, concrete barriers, metal railings, temporary signs, canopies, and ever more clutter. Not only is our urban streetscape getting uglier - this clutter is penetrating our rural and country park areas as well!

Pictures posted by readers on www.designinghongkong.com

It does not have to be that way.

How do we get ahead of our standards and guidelines, and have common sense and creativity infuse decision making. How do we raise awareness for less clutter, and advocate beauty?

You can participate by posting your pictures on-line and by joining the discussion on Saturday, November 21, from 9:30 to 12:30 in the Fringe (bring your pictures!)
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