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Exploring spatial imagination with 3D city model


In recent years, the Government has expedited the development of digital infrastructure. It includes the ‘3D Planning and Design System’ rolled out by the Planning Department that aims to analyse proposed urban planning projects. 3D planning is still an early-stage technology in Hong Kong. Looking ahead, industry practitioners can use the technology to foster the city’s livability in the future.

Can cyclists and pedestrians share a path in Hong Kong?


‘Shared paths’ are designed to accommodate the movement of both pedestrians and cyclists and the concept has become increasingly popular in some countries. The Government has proposed to adopt the sharing concept on the cycling tracks in Kai Tak development area. How are shared paths different from traditional cycling tracks? Can they be widely developed in the city?

How to ensure fair and open public-private partnership in land development?


While the Government has promulgated a new housing supply target and adjusted the ratio of public/private split to 70:30, how to provide more land to meet the target remains the core issue. In order to boost land supply, the public-private partnership (PPP) approach was proposed earlier to develop private agricultural land in the New Territories. However, the public is skeptical of the PPP model. How should the Government move forward and address the public concern?

Enhancing land use efficiency through high-rise and high-quality development


The ‘Land Debate’ has drawn to an end.  The Task Force on Land Supply will submit the final report regarding different land supply options to the Government before the end of the year.  While the exploration of land acquisition is important, it is also worth discussing how to optimise the use of limited land resources for different purposes.

Reducing noise with pavement design


Almost one million people in Hong Kong are affected by traffic noise. Using low-noise road surfaces is one way to alleviate the problem, but its effectiveness varies with road conditions. In light of the Land Sharing Pilot Scheme recently proposed by the Government, will developers be encouraged to construct such low-noise pavements so that newly developed areas will become more livable?

Mapping out a 20-minute social neighbourhood to create a livable New Territories


The development plans for brownfield sites and privately owned agricultural land highlighted in the newly released Policy Address will surely make the New Territories home to even more people, where over half of the local population resides. To make this region more livable, the concept of ‘20-minute social neighbourhood’ should be incorporated into the city’s planning standards and guidelines, allowing citizens to take a stroll and enjoy different communal facilities and services, and immerse themselves in the unique culture and natural settings that surround them.

Is the rise in minimum wage going to affect public rental housing applications?


In Hong Kong, where public rental housing is in demand, eligibility criteria for this housing resource draw much attention. In terms of the income limit, whether the existing practice is responsive to minimum wage adjustments and private rental market conditions has aroused considerable concern in recent years.

Land resources series: Exploring the raison d'être of private sports clubs


The ‘big debate’ on land supply in recent months has cast a spotlight on land leased to sports clubs via Private Recreational Leases. Historically, such leases and private sports clubs have served some specific purposes. Are these purposes still relevant today? How should these sports clubs be operated effectively to unleash their full potential?