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22 February 2014
News Extract from the HKG-BCN Symposium

Waterfront symposium opens

More than 400 planning and urban design professionals are attending the event at the University of Hong Kong to exchange knowledge in planning, urban design and a green environment based on the experience of the two cities, especially with regard to waterfront regeneration. [ extract from news.gov.hk on 22 Feb 2014]

香港-巴塞羅那活化海濱 雙城發展研討會香港大學舉行

《香港-巴塞羅那雙城發展交流:活化海濱雙線並行》研討會於昨(二月二十二日)在香港大學百周年校園舉行,有超過四百多名本地和國際規劃和城市設計界的專業人士出席。研討會的目的是讓兩個城市就活化海濱交流及分享在規劃、城市設計和環保建築各方面的經驗及知識……..[extract from Netprozone.com]

 

港借鑑巴塞隆拿海濱規劃

《香港-巴塞隆拿雙城發展交流:活化海濱雙線並行》研討會昨吸引超過四百名來自本地及國際的城市規劃和設計專業人士出席。發展局局長陳茂波於會上表示,港府與巴塞隆拿皆為沿海城市,海濱長廊對兩地而言是重要的公共財產,發展方向需要廣大市民支持……[ 節錄自2014222日星島日報]

 

巴塞隆拿與港 合研活化海濱

研討會以活化海濱為主題,於香港大學舉行,由香港政府、巴塞隆拿市政府、其他學會及建築議會合辦,有超過四百名專業人士出席,交流城市規劃及環保建築等各方面經驗……[ 節錄自2014222日頭條日報]

陳茂波指發展海濱平衡保育

香港-巴塞羅那城市發展研討會昨日在港舉行,發展局局長陳茂波致辭時表示,海濱是香港寶貴的資產,過去填海造地是為配合社會發展需要,政府現正發展西九文化區、啟德發展區等沿海項目,面對平衡環境保育、綠化等挑戰,需作出平衡,本港和巴塞羅那可分享海濱發展知識,加強交流合作……[ 節錄自2014222日大公報]


 
26 September 2013
TVB interview on 17 July 2013
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Prof. Bernard V. Lim, President was interviewed by TVB on 17 July 2013 to share his views on the new developments in North East New Territories and Hung Shui Kiu area. The interview would be shown on 21 July 2013.

 
19 March 2013
金鍾廊研重建 顧問招標

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林雲峰會長接受經濟日報訪問,就規劃署推出<< 金鐘廊重建規劃及設計研究>>顧問招標發表意見。報導於 2013 03 19 日發表。

城市設計學會會長林雲峰認為,金鐘廊位處區內核心,如何保留特色,及帶動人流由金鐘流向中環,應是研究內的設計考慮之一。

 
30 January 2013
Media Report on Joint Institute Press Conference on Policy Address 2013

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A Joint Press Conference was held on 29 January 2013.



Media Coverage 

South China Morning Post: Move jails to make way for housing, architects say (2013.01.30)

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"We float this proposal because we want the government to think twice about substituting GIC [government, institution or community] sites with flats," Institute of Urban Design vice-president Vincent Ng Wing-shun said. "We are very concerned about that."

GIC sites are land used for community and educational purposes, including open space.

The jails at Pik Uk and Stanley cover four hectares and 35 hectares, respectively - the latter comparable to the size of the West Kowloon arts hub site - while the police school and the barracks take up 18 and 10 hectares. Ng said it was illogical to raise the population in some districts by increasing the number of flats while taking away their community facilities and open space.

"The number of these facilities should be in proportion to the population," he said.

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香港經濟日報: GIC地改住宅 6學會憂損環境(2013130)

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施政報告提出改劃36GIC用地,以增加短中期房屋及土地供應,香港城市設計學會副會長吳永順批評,港府只「交數式」增建房屋,並無考慮市民的居住環境、空間和生活質素:「當初規劃時,已訂定GIC用地與地區人口的比例,但改劃後,區內人口增加,GIC用地卻不加反減,做法根本不符合整體規劃原則。」

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大公報: 破天荒聯署 支持施政報告 建築專業界撐維港外填海 (2013130)

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城市設計學會副會長吳永順認為,由於香港目前無大型的土地儲備,當局在各區尋找房屋土地時,難免加劇地區爭拗,而維港以外填海屬最少爭議,不僅可為香港建立長遠的土地儲備,亦可化解地區矛盾。



太陽報: 政府被指交數式覓住宅地 (2013130)

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香港城市設計學會認為,部分轉作住宅的社區用地面積細,反映政府只是「交數式」在各區覓地,未有顧及整個社區對休憩用地等需要,有違規劃原則。

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新城知訊台資訊網:六個建築及城市設計學會要求增建可負擔房屋(2013129)

六個建築規劃及城市設計的專業學會表示, 支持施政報告提出的房屋及土地供應, 及環保和保育政策, 希望政府可投放足夠資源, 克服執行政策時遇到的障礙.建築師學會岑延威說, 支持在維港以外填海, 但要平衡工程和環境生態 , 又同意政府制定長遠房屋供應, 要求政府增加「可負擔房屋」的供應, 以填補公屋與私樓之間的空隙.他們又認為, 把政府、機構或社區用地改劃為住宅地 , 要謹慎進行, 確保日後社區用地需要、 城市空間及市民生活質素.各個學會又促請政府, 簡化批地及改善公共空間。

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新城知訊台資訊網:學會建議搬警校監獄軍營騰出土地(2013129)

六個建築規劃及城市設計的專業學會 , 支持施政報告提出的房屋及土地供應, 及環保和保育政策, 希望政府投放足夠資源, 克服執行政策時遇到的障礙.他們說, 支持在維港以外填海, 作為土地儲備, 以免因為土地不夠, 尋找土地時造成爭拗.他們又認為「政府、機構或社區」用地改劃為住宅地 , 要謹慎進行, 建議搬遷黃竹坑警察學院、 壁屋及赤柱監獄、 九龍塘軍營, 騰出大幅土地發展 , 但不要隨便將細幅的 「政府、機構或社區」用地改為住宅 , 否則會令人口及社區設施的比例失衡.

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蘋果日報: 特首民望跌 不滿政府度加劇(2013130)

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香港建築師學會等六個規劃測量界別學會昨聯合回應施政報告,原則上支持維港外填海建議,但個別屬會對政府徵用市區綠化地段建屋及缺乏長遠土地儲備有保留,質疑梁振英只是「交數式」騰出市區土地供應建屋。



 
17 January 2013
Housing tops CE’s priority list

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President Prof. Bernard V. Lim was interviewed by China Daily to share his view on Housing and Land Supply strategy in the Policy Address 2013. The article was published on 17 January 2013.

“Bernard Lim, chairman of the Building Committee with the Housing Authority, said the imminent issue for the Hong Kong government today is how to find proper land banks for property development in the city.

“Apparently it(the government) tried to sort out various ways in bid to beef up housing land supplies, even in the near term,” said Lim.”

 
17 January 2013
放寬薄扶林發展 恆隆先受惠

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林雲峰會長接受明報訪問,就施政報告放寬薄扶李發展方案發表意見。報導於 2013 年01 月 17 日發表。

城規會前成員、香港城市設計學會會長林雲峯表示,政府放寬半山和薄扶林的發展限制是好事,可按不同地皮情况處理,不用一刀切,而且現時地基技術已良好,可減少當年山泥傾瀉的憂慮。但他指出,放寬限制後,可能會引起交通負荷問題。

他又指出,難以個別個案去指控梁振英放寬限制,是為了「益」支持他的恒隆主席陳啟宗,「我記得當年4次否決恒隆的申請,是因為那個地盤位置一旦重建會引起交通問題」。

 
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.



 
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