Ashley Scott Kelly

Land Development and Conservation in Hong Kong, Roundtable and Workshop

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Venue: Lecture Hall T1, Meng Wah Complex (Main Campus), University of Hong Kong

Download Event Briefing (2016-02-05)

Description and Rationale
Development debates surrounding conversion of Hong Kong's conservation areas are understandably polarized. These conversations will remain superficial and without traction unless a strategy can be developed for systematically analysing the Development Bureau's "multi-pronged" approaches. While action to improve country park continuity has waned since clear advances two years ago, zoning amendments for some 150 proposed housing locations, almost half within Green Belts, are ongoing to fulfill the Bureau's short-term development goals. Medium- and long-term strategies, including development of country parks and reclamation studies, parallel these efforts. Planners, academics, and citizens must be both supportive and critical of piecemeal and negotiated approaches to development, especially where conservation land uses are at stake. The need for territory-wide dialogue is imminent.

Sustainable development is best achieved with wide access to information, participation and public support. However, most information available to the public is either shown in aggregate across the territory or scaled to individual sites. For these reasons, the Land Development and Conservation in Hong Kong Roundtable and Workshop will showcase the act of analysis and informed spatial debate. The programme for 27 February is half roundtable, half workshop. Following presentations of case studies by academics and think tanks, an open working session is organized around an interactive map of spatially explicit, publicly available information to simultaneously deepen and broaden development and conservation debates.

All interested are welcome to attend.

Event programme

  • 10:00 Briefing and case studies roundtable
  • 12:15 Interactive map workshop
  • 13:00 Panel discussion and debate
  • 13:30 Event concludes

Panellists
Prof. Lam Chiu Ying
Adjunct Professor, Geography and Resource Management Department,
Chinese University of Hong Kong

Prof. Tang Bo-Sin
Department of Urban Planning and Design,
Faculty of Architecture, University of Hong Kong

Mr. Chow Sung-Ming
Land Justice League and Department of Applied Social Sciences,
Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Mr. Chan Kim Ching & Ms. Camille Lam Tsz Kwan
Liber Research Community

Mr. Paul Zimmerman
CEO, Designing Hong Kong and Southern District Councillor

Mr. Ashley Scott Kelly
Assistant Professor, Division of Landscape Architecture,
Faculty of Architecture, University of Hong Kong

Co-organized with

  • Liber Research Community,
  • Designing Hong Kong,
  • Professional Commons,
  • Land Watch,
  • World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Hong Kong, and
  • Save Our Country Parks.

This event will be conducted in English.

For enquiries, please contact landscape@hku.hk

Event poster