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Are housing co-operatives applicable to Hong Kong?


A LegCo member suggested the Government to lease some land at a nominal fee of HK$1 to non-government organisations, which in turn can form housing co-operatives to develop residential units at affordable prices. Could housing co-operatives, which are neither for sale nor for rent, give a way out to the housing problem in Hong Kong?

Is co-working space still a paradise for startups?


Co-working is becoming more and more popular in Hong Kong as prices of independent office spaces are soaring. This less-costly workspace option was considered the ideal platform for the self-employed and startups. However, recent reports show that multinational corporations are also trying to set foot on shared offices, raising concerns whether they will crowd out individual workers and startups.

Could HKIA turn adversity into opportunity?


The scheduled points and numbers of flights between Mainland China and Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) reflect a downward trend recently. Amid intense competition from the airports in the Greater Pearl River Delta, could Hong Kong strengthen its position as a global aviation hub as well as the gateway to Mainland China?

Are pilot schemes making homes more affordable?


The ‘Green Form Subsidised Home Ownership Pilot Scheme (GSH)’, the ‘Hong Kong Property for Hong Kong People (HKPHKP)’, and new ‘Home Ownership Scheme (HOS)’ are housing policy experiments of the incumbent government. Local homebuyers responded quite differently to these schemes, regardless of the limited number of units and restrictive conditions, what were the reasons behind?

Mainland investors eye prime office space: Does it forecast solid rental growth?


The much rumored acquisition of office tower ‘The Center’ by Mainland investors for a record price of over HK$35 billion seized the spotlight. Since last year, Mainland companies have been fueling the investment spree in Hong Kong’s office property market. Why and what will happen if the trend continues?

Planned to move: How city design can encourage physical activity


The direct impact of city planning on the physical activity of its residents is significant. From considerations as basic as the number and species of trees on pavements to more strategic planning decisions over open spaces and residential density, the design of cities can influence a resident’s willingness to walk the extra mile.

No easy solutions to illegal dumping in rural areas


Illegally dumped wastes in Tin Shui Wai and some other farmlands have caused wide public discontent over unauthorised activities in rural areas. As the Government has been advancing new developments in the New Territories where large areas with high ecological value rest, greater challenge will be posed if the existing problems cannot be solved.

The ‘package’ to make the perfect stadium


New sport stadiums come with a hefty price tag. With planning for the Multi-purpose Sports Complex and its HK$7.6 billion main stadium at Kai Tak under way, the Centre’s weekly analysis looks into how stadiums around the world have been designed to get more value for money.

Is more flats the answer to house the urban poor?


Official data suggests that up to 200,000 people are living in subdivided flats in Hong Kong. Whilst the Government is making headway in balancing demand and supply, the housing needs of the grassroots may go beyond the numbers.

The myths and realities of housing supply


The pace of home construction is gaining momentum with a record 83,000 private units to become available over the next three to four years. This week, the Centre’s analysis looks into why it remains very challenging to build 480,000 new homes in the coming decade as the Government has pledged.