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Making the best use of underground spaces


The Government proposed to develop underground spaces in certain urban districts, including Kowloon Park in Tsim Sha Tsui, Victoria Park in Causeway Bay and Southorn Playground in Wan Chai. Considering the works beneath the selected areas are on a limited scale, how to make the best use of the spaces in a cost-effective way?

Land planning amid weakening logistics performance


The trading and logistics sector is the largest industry in Hong Kong, yet it is facing a recession. Does this industry need a transformation? How would the overall planning of Hong Kong dovetail with such transformation?

How to smarten up old districts?


The Government’s plan to transform Kowloon East into a ‘Smart City’ covers traditional industrial areas including Kowloon Bay and Kwun Tong. In these areas, old and new buildings stand side by side, pedestrian and vehicles contest crowded and limited space. As such, developing ‘Smart Cities’ in these old districts requires even ‘smarter’ measures to rectify deep-rooted malaise.

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.