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24 October 2012
Focus of search for housing land turns to arts hub

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President Prof. Bernard V. Lim was interviewed by South China Morning Post to share his view on searching for housing land turns to arts hub. The article was published on 24 October 2012.

The debate over increasing the city's supply of residential space has shifted from the sports hub planned for Kai Tak to the arts hub in West Kowloon. A legislators and a housing adviser said yesterday that the cultural district had plenty of room for more housing.

The idea was quickly dismissed by the arts community and others, who fear the site will be overshadowed by real estate.

The president of the Institute of Urban Design, Bernard Lim Wan-fung, said revision of densities was acceptable but officials had failed to justify their ad hoc approach with comprehensive data on land supply.

 
17 September 2012
Barcelona/Hong Kong Think Tank on Sustainable Urbanism

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The Think Tank, organised by the professional communities of both cities, will be a common collaboration tool that is set to be a vehicle for thought, reflection and action in the areas of planning, urban design and sustainable development. It will provide a forum for professional expertise on city building, drawing on the knowledge and commitment of representatives from both Barcelona and Hong Kong. (Extracted from PRC Issue 6 2012)

 
19 July 2012
Hong Kong being rated by an Economist study as the most livable city to live in

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President Prof. Bernard V. Lim was interviewed by South China Morning Post to share his view about Hong Kong being rated by an Economist study as the most livable city to live in (4 July 2012).



Architect Bernard Lim Wan-fung, president of the Institute of Urban Design, said Lovato used important indicators but his approach may have overlooked hidden problems.



‘He couldn’t have seen divided flats and cage houses from Google Earth,’ Lim said. ‘Hong Kong has its advantages as a spatially compact city, but it also suffers from high intensity problems.’

 
18 June 2012
15th Anniversary of the establishment of the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong

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President Prof. Bernard V. Lim, JP was reported by South China Morning Post further to the 15th Anniversary of the establishment of the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong (18 June 2012)

Q1. Is Hong Kong a better or worse place in which to live compared with 15 years ago in terms of our quality of life, social equity and environment?”

“Hong Kong has become a better place to live in compared to 15 years ago. There have been improvement in social equity through public engagement – Hong Kong has been very successful in encouraging citizen participation, especially in city planning decisions.”

 

Q2. Do you take pride in being a resident of Hong Kong and, if so, why? Is it still a city of hope and opportunity?

“I take pride in being a resident of Hong Kong because of our core values – professionals working according to a code of conduct and with integrity.

 

Q3. If you had the choice, would you prefer to live on the mainland or overseas?

“Hong Kong is my home and base. A third of the time I work on the mainland and I rented a place in Shanghai. I have been participating in infrastructure building and cultural exchange projects on the mainland. We contribute with our attitude and our integrity.



 
02 February 2012
New Homes target set as 30,000 units

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President Prof. Bernard V. Lim, JP was interviewed by the Standard to share his views on the revitalization of old industrial areas by URA. The article was published on 02 February 2012.

“Bernard Lim Wan-Fung, President of the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design, said the expansion of URA’s portfolio bodes well for urban development as old industrial areas are prime sources of land.

 
11 December 2011
U-turn on waterfront project urged

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President Prof. Bernard V. Lim, JP was interviewed by the South China Morning Post to comment on the development of new Central Waterfront and the article was published on 11 December 2011.

“Bernard Lim Wan-Fung, President of the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design, fears that increasing the commercial scale of the projects now would diminish the chances of smaller bidders winning the tenders.”

 “The projects should be run by operators from a diverse background, not just a giant developer dominating the waterfront with brand-name products” he said

Lim added that the government could always settle for a smaller share of the profits.

“A vibrant waterfront does not necessarily require huge investment” he said. “A bamboo pavilion selling snacks can be very attractive if the design is creative.”


 
01 October 2011
Details still missing as arts hub goes on show

Bernard Lim Wan-fung, president of the Institute of Urban Design, said that, while Foster's idea to put traffic underground to reduce pollution and create more open space was a good one, for cost reasons the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority needed to ensure the subterranean space was not too large and put more emphasis on the use of public transport rather than private cars, and improve connections to nearby MTR stations. Lim also believed that the design competitions for several iconic buildings in the precinct, such as the Cantonese opera theatre, should set a budget for entrants. '

 Vincent Ng Wing-shun, Vice President of the Institute of Urban Design, said “the easiest way to improve access to the arts hub would probably be by water transport. We encourage the use of boats, like those in Sydney and Venice. I think this would be the quickest way to link West Kowloon to Hong Kong Island, and maybe even Tsim Sha Tsui."

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04 March 2011
NowTV Interview
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President Bernard V. Lim was interviewed by NowTV on 4 March 2011 to comment on the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority's announcement in choosing the " City Park " design.

 
23 December 2010
Review the proposal for the Central Government Office
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The Public Affairs Committee conducted a study and discussion to review the proposal for the Central Government Office. A tea gathering with reporters was held on 23 December to present HKIUD’s Report to the Planning Department.

 
02 December 2010
Press Meeting on 2 December 2010
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The Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design formed an Expert Panel to review the design of the three West Kowloon Cultural District Schemes.
The Expert Panel met and discussed with the representatives of the three firms. A Press Meeting was held on 2 December 2010 to present the report to the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and the public.

 
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