15 July 2017
HKU Master of Urban Design Thesis Review 2

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Dr. Peter Cookson Smith, Immediate Past President, Mr. PY Tam, Hon. Secretary and Mr. Barry Wilson, Council Member were invited to the HKU Master of Urban Design Thesis Review 2 on 15 July 2017.

07 January 2017
HKIUD + Planning Department: Dialogue on Hong Kong 2030+

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The Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design organised the HKIUD + Planning Department: Dialogue on Hong Kong 2030+ Session on 7 January 2017. 

Representatives from Planning Department
Ms. LI Chi-miu, Phyllis, JP - Deputy Director of Planning / Territorial
Ms. CHEUNG Yi-mei, Amy - Assistant Director of Planning / Territorial
Miss. LAU Bo-yee, Winnie - Chief Town Planner / Strategic Planning
Ms. CHAN Hau-yin, Margaret - Senior Town Planner / Strategic Planning
Ms. CHEUNG Chi-ming, Christine - Town Planner / Strategic Planning
Mr. SIU Yik-ho, Steven - Town Planner / Strategic Planning

17 November 2016
HKIUD+HKIA+PGBC talk on Greening the Vertical Garden City

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The Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design (HKIUD), The Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) and Professional Green Building Council (PGBC) jointly organized a talk by Mr. Henry Steed on Greening the Vertical Garden City on 17 November 2016.

22 October 2016
HKIS: “Planning and Development, Past Present & Future.” Annual Conference

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Mr. Charles Li, Vice President (External Affairs) was invited to be one of the speakers in “Planning and Development, Past Present & Future.” Annual Conference organized by Planning and Development Division of The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors on 22 October 2016.  Mr. Li spoke about the impact of urbanisation today and share the Principles of Good Urban Design, such as Connectivity, Walkability, Sustainability, Diversity, Equality and Flexibility.

05 September 2016
HKIUD Annual General Meeting 2016

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HKIUD 6th Annual General Meeting was held on 5 September 2016.


Council Members (2014 – 2016) & (2016 – 2018)

The New General Council for 2016 – 2018 of the Institute includes:

President: Prof. Stephen TANG, BBS,JP

Vice President (Local Affairs): Mr. Ivan Ho

Vice President (Professional Development): Mr. Stefan KRUMMECK

Vice President (External Affairs):  Mr. Charles Li

Hon. Secretary: Mr. P.Y. TAM

Hon. Treasurer: Mr. Joel CHAN

Council Members: Prof. Leslie CHEN, JP, Mr. Donald CHOI, Mr. Wilfred LAU, Ms. Canny MA, Ms. Casey WANG, Mr. Barry WILSON and Mr. Franklin YU

Immediate Past President: Dr. Peter COOKSON SMITH

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Talk on “Urban Renewal in a New Dimension” by Mr. Wai Chi Sing GBS, JP, Managing Director of the Urban Renewal Authority

The Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design (HKIUD) Urban Design Awards are held every two years to recognise urban design related projects with outstanding performance and contributions in promoting excellence in Urban Design.

Presentation Powerpoint

The Awards are divided into Built Project and Plan / Concept categories. The 2016 Awards have received a total of 20 submissions. The adjudication was held on 21 July 2016. The Institute would like to thank all the Jurors for their Professional Adjudication in selecting the submission which include 1 Grand Award and 1 Merit for the Built Project category, 1 Merit and 1 Special Citation for the Plan/ Concept (HK Projects) category, and 1 Grand Award and 3 Merits for the Plan / Concept (Non-HK Projects) category

Jury Panel included: Prof. Nelson Chen, Prof. Rebecca Chiu, Dr. Jianxiang Huang, Mr Shuki Leung and Hon.Tony Tse.

The Award Presentation was held on 5 September 2016. Prizes were presented by Mr. Wai Chi Sing, GBS, JP, Managing Director of the Urban Renewal Authority. Guests, Awardees and HKIUD Members shared their views in Urban Design in the event.

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Presentation of Merit Award for Plan/Concept Category (Hong Kong Projects) - Architectural Services Department, HKSAR Government for the design of ‘Kai Tak Station Square

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Presentation of Special Citation for Plan/Concept Category (Hong Kong Projects) - Energizing Kowloon East Office, Development Bureau, HKSAR Government and Other Contributors include Architectural Services Department, Highways Department, Transport Department, AECOM Asia Co. Ltd. and Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong Ltd.for the design of ‘Connectivity and Walkability in Kowloon East

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Presentation of Grand Award for Plan/Concept Category (Non-Hong Kong Projects) - P&T Architects and Engineers Ltd for the design of ‘Lingnan New World City Square, Baiyun, Guangzhou

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Presentation of Merit Award for Plan/Concept Category (Non-Hong Kong Projects) - UDP International for the design of ‘Naya Dharavi

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Presentation of Merit Award for Plan/Concept Category (Non-Hong Kong Projects)- P&T Architects and Engineers Ltd for the design of ‘Yangshuo Yitian West St.

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Presentation of Merit Award for Plan/Concept Category (Non Hong Kong Projects) - CallisonRTKL Architectural Design Consulting(Shanghai) Co., Ltd. for the design of ‘Shanghai Caohejing Hi-Tech Park Regeneration

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Presentation of Grand Award for Built project Category - Architectural Services Department and Rocco Design Architects Ltd. for the design of ‘“The Civic Corridor” – Tamar Development Project and the New Central Harbourfront.

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Presentation of Merit Award for Built project Category - Architectural Services Department, HKSAR Government for the design of Hong Kong East Community Green Station

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Presentation of Student Awards to Ms. HU Shuang of Master of Science in Urban Design at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Ms. XI Xi of Master of Urban Design at the University of Hong Kong (Absenteeism, represented by Dr. Dr. Jianxiang Huang, Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at HKU) for their outstanding performance in 2015-2016.


Presentation of Certificate to Mr. Nicholas Brooke, Advisor.


Presentation of Certificate to Corporate Affiliate: Urbis Ltd.


Presentation of Certificate to Full Members: Mr. Francis Cheung, Mr. Widemar Spruijt and Mr. Thomas Wan (From Left)


Presentation of Certificate to Graduate Member: Mr. Kalpesh Narkhede

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6th Annual Dinner

27 April 2016
Urban Design presentations by students at Chinese University Department of Architecture

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Dr Peter Cookson Smith attended the Urban Design presentations by students at Chinese University Department of Architecture on 27th April 2016.

22 April 2016
HKIUD Urban Design Conference 2016 : Betterment of the City

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The HKIUD Urban Design Conference 2016: Betterment of the City was successfully held on 22 April 2016 at the Hong Kong Jockey Club.


Welcome Remarks by Dr Peter Cookson Smith, President of Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design

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Opening Remarks by Mrs LAM CHENG Yuet Ngor, Carrie, GBS, JP, Chief Secretary for Administration HKSARG

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Opening Address and Keynote by Sir Terry Farrell CBE, Principal of Farrells

Presentation Topic: Promoting Design Quality – PLACE Reviews


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Keynote by Dr Rocco YIM, Executive Director of Rocco Design Architects Ltd

Presentation Topic: Of Dreams and Reality

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Panel Response

Respondent and Moderator : Professor Bernard LIM Wan-fung JP, Immediate Past President of Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design 

Panel Members : Mr Laurence Liauw/ Mr Sion Edwards/Sir Terry Farrell CBE/ Mr Rocco S K Yim

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Mr Martin Joseph Barry, Founder & Chairman of reSITE

Presentation Topic: reSITE: Collaborative Ideas for Livable, Breathable Cities

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Mr Christopher Kin Chung Law, JP, Founding Director of The Oval Partnership Limited

Presentation Topic: Place Making -The Hong Kong Stories

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Panel Response

Respondent and Moderator : Mr Vincent Ng, President of The Hong Kong Institute of Architects

Panel Members : Dr Jianxiang Huang/ Dr. Francisco Vizeu Pinheiro/ Mr Martin Joseph Barry/ Mr Christopher Kin Chung Law,JP



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Professor Zhu Wenyi, Dean, School of Architecture of Tsinghua University

Presentation Topic: Place Marking

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Dr Stanley Yip, Professor of School of Urban Planning and Design, Peking University

Presentation Topic: Urban Regeneration : Towards a Low Carbon Approach in Chinese Cities

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Mr Ian Brownlee, Managing Director of Masterplan Limited 

Presentation Topic: Its not about design, its about changing peoples behavior

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Panel Response

Respondent and Moderator : Prof. John NG Cheuk-yee, Director of The Hong Kong Green Building Council

Panel Members : Prof Mee Kam Ng/ Ms Canny Ma/ Professor Zhu Wenyi/ Dr Stanley Yip/ Mr Ian Brownlee

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Dr Kim Dovey, Professor of Architecture & Urban Design of Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne

Presentation Topic: Transforming Melbourne’s Urban Waterfront

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Mr Lee Siang Tai, Vice Chairman, World Green Building Council Honorary Advisor of Singapore Green Building Council Group

Presentation Topic: Love our Cities

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Mr Duncan Pescod, GBS, JP, Chief Executive Officer of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority

Presentation Topic: West Kowloon Cultural District : Place Making in the City

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Moderator and Panel Discussion

Respondent and Moderator : Mr Stefan Krummeck, Director of Farrells

Panel Members : Mr Donald Choi / Ms Casey Wang/Mr Kim Dovey/ Mr Lee Siang Tai/ Mr Duncan Pescod

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Dr Peter Cookson Smith closed the Conference by summarising the event from notes taken during the day. These are set out below:
First the Keynote Papers

In realising Betterment Initiatives Sir Terry Farrell hit the nail right on the head in his UK national review of architecture and the built environment – in particular the latter, because it concerns the public realm where we should be promoting high standards of design. However we cannot abrogate our responsibilities to the quality of the environment in general, and I think this is the key message – sustainable environment embraces green infrastructure, public transport, and most certainly place making. The potential relevance to Hong Kong is less to do with promoting architecture than in helping the built environment create public benefit with a focus on the city. In this respect good design is indivisible from good planning. We do need an Urban Design Review in Hong Kong that will carry weight, and we also need a champion to raise our overall standards. Too much of our public realm is the result of miscellaneous standards, building codes, zoning conditions and ordinances which give us highly functional value engineering without necessary place-making potential.

Terry gave us a very comprehensive account of what we need in HK. The Farrell Review covers many aspects, including education and online resources in schools; a common foundation year for built environment students; PLACE is fundamental to urban design and is made up of -Planning, Landscape, Architecture, Conservation and Engineering – or should this be ‘Environment’.

Decision makers should receive training in design literacy. Every town and city should have an Urban Room or even Virtual Urban Rooms. We need someone to ‘put the pieces together’ – i.e. a Champion who can look at things comprehensively and make overriding decisions.

Rocco Yim in effect echoes this dilemma. As he states, we can both love and feel repelled by the city at one and the same time. We respect the constraints on development and are concerned about standard of living expectations. Ultimately we need to be even-minded but we lack a grand vision through which to determine urban betterment. What we too often end up with is an unhappy compromise that tries to keep all parties happy, even the conflicting ones, so one way or another we have to make clear choices.

Dreams must be anchored in reality. We need to remind ourselves of what we like and want, and what we don’t.

Rocco poses a very relevant question – how do we move forward?
• Building height – this is inevitable but needs to be checked in relation to cityscape intelligent distribution of height and density;
• Open space – we need better quality not merely quantity;
• Connectivity – this needs to apply in both spatial and visual - inter-related and interactive;
• Heritage – we need to talk about energising – creative interventions of the new with the old;
• Architecture contributes to ambience of a place and we need more than one typology. We need new laws that give us more innovative design; and
• And we urgently need a review of the Buildings Ordinance.

We need always to bear in mind that urbanism must be greater than the sum of the parts.

Laurence Liauw reinforced the need for urban design ‘Champions’, and to examine ‘soft’ rather than ‘hard’ issues.

Interesting Questions were raised as to what is at stake if we do not meet opportunities such as connectivity with PRD, urban regeneration, harbourfront authority, liveability and sustainability – a lot of food for thought there.

Sion Edwards reinforced this by stating that we need to manage change and drive forward at many levels, and cited Jane Jacobs ‘that cities do not serve the people unless they are created by people’.

Session One was on Realising Betterment Initiatives

Martin Barry founder of reSite struck much the same message of collaboration but in a somewhat different sense in discussing the role that civic activists are playing in Central and Eastern Europe in making city environments, using the principles of landscape urbanism. Resite has grown into a collaborative platform of partners and experts working with city leaders to best shape more resilient, liveable and competitive cities. The central message was that we can extend our understanding of city problems and emerging issues through more focussed initiatives.

The focus should be on Leadership, Vision, Education and Transparency which act as catalysts for cities that are resilient, focussed on urban design and public space. There is an emphasis on developing a network – it reminded me that the Congress for the New Urbanism in the USA has done something equally progressive on a slightly different level over the past 20 years by energising so many concerned urban design professionals from different disciplines which is actively changing the direction of residential development in USA. Martin also emphasised on Research Advisory; Online Media; Events and Competition; and trying to achieve an international audience.

I particularly liked the notion of hubs of activity and Martin referred to the writing of Saskia Sassen, probably a latter-day Jane Jacobs. I shared a stage with Saskia of the Salzburg Global Seminar on Urbanisation in 2013 and she was in Hong Kong talking very sensibly at the Nobel Conference a year ago on global warming.

Chris Law extended ideas on community participation on the basis that the public is the city’s greatest creative asset, and discussed three participatory initiatives and research programmes based on inherent community creativity in shaping innovative and regenerative proposals for parts of Hong Kong’s urban area.

He also came up with a great title - The Hong Kong Urban Genius. I also liked the very real issue of ‘Living at the Limit’.

He poses a very interesting question – how can urban design and environmental activists extend their influence, knowledge and skills through the community, and posited the notion of ‘urban discovery’ through stories about the people and memory of urban districts. An established fact is that people do actually take every opportunity to get involved in community activities – for example the Instagram Group. I shall definitely be at ‘Very Aberdeen Instagram gathering on15th May’ to see for myself. And finally Chris raised the sensible linkage between the Good Neighbour Scheme, the Local Community and the General Public .

I liked Chris’s comments on the benefits of ‘muddling through’ – yes the best cities are not perfect – cities of monuments are not necessary cities for people.

In response Francisco Pinheiro also made a very interesting intervention talking about the evolution and changes in some of the excellent urban rehabilitation projects in Macau, and Jianxiang Huang talked about the transition of ‘ideas to reality’. In Hong Kong we have an almost unique high density urbanism of impermanence and reinvention that allows us to push forward in terms of a new urbanism.

Vincent Ng the Moderator likened this process to a Jigsaw Puzzle with different pieces, and brought to an end the morning session.

The afternoon Session changed course to Sustainable Revitalisation, and commenced with a presentation by Prof Zhu Wenyi from Tsinghua University.

As we know Beijing is a very large city even by international standards and there are many concealed, forgotten spaces, or what Prof Zhu called disadvantaged spaces. So place making becomes a means of identifying these spaces, their uses and their value to the city and community, through their various typologies and the way they act to change the nature of their localities.

Some of these such as cemeteries – a somewhat taboo subject, reminds me of Stephen Tang’s work with ASD in completely re-shaping our approach to columbarium and crematoria in Hong Kong to both work better and to integrate them positively within urban districts. To successfully integrate such faciltiies within the community takes both skill and commitment, but to turn negative views into positive ones is a real mark of successful urban design.

23 February 2016
HKIUD - HKU: Urban Design Dialogue Sharing Session on 23 February 2016

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HKIUD Urban Design Dialogue Sharing Session co-organised with the University of Hong Kong was successfully held on 23 February 2016.

Presenter: Mr. Andy Lewis, Vice President, AECOM Hong Kong

1. Hong Kong Wetland Park – Bu­ffer Zone to Development and Habitat Protection

2. Wenying Lake, Datong – Unlocking the True Value and Potential of Wetlands

3. Weishan Lake National Wetland Park - Low-impact Approach and Sustainable Design

02 December 2015
Meeting with a visiting team from the Department for External Economic and International Relations of Moscow

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Dr. Peter Cookson Smith, President, and Council Members, Mr. P Y Tam, Mr. Alan Macdonald, and Mr. Stefan Krummeck,  attended a meeting with a visiting team from the Department for External Economic and International Relations of Moscow on December 2nd. The team presented a commentary on Hong Kong Planning and Urban Design.  Seminar topics of discussion were Emerging Trends, Coastal Areas, and Cultural Sites.  Prof. John Ng also made a presentation on Green Building and Environment in Hong Kong.

01 December 2015
Meeting with MScUD, CUHK and MUD, HKU Students 2015

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On 1 December 2015, Membership and Education Committee Chairman, Mr. Stephen Tang and Vice Chairman, Mr. Joel Chan together with Mr. Stefan Pfeffer and Ms. Canny Ma met with Master of Science in Urban Design Students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Master of Urban Design Students from University of Hong Kong, and briefed them on the establishment and works of the Institute and the career path of Urban Designers in Hong Kong.

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