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Old September 1st, 2007, 07:42 PM   #441
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Old September 5th, 2007, 03:34 PM   #442
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Opinion : Why HK needs a harbour authority
5 September 2007
South China Morning Post

The proposal by the Harbour Enhancement Committee to the government, that the committee be given statutory powers to transform it into a harbour authority to take over management of the waterfront, should be widely supported.

The establishment of such an authority will follow the example of other cities with a good harbour. For example, Sydney Harbour is managed by the Sydney Harbour Development Authority.

It would be particularly important for Hong Kong, because our government has conflicting roles. On the one hand, it is our largest producer of land through harbour reclamation and derives almost one-third of its total revenue from land sales and other sources of income directly and indirectly related to land, such as government rent, property tax, rates, stamp duty and profits tax from developers.

On the other hand, it is the administration of Hong Kong with a duty to protect the harbour and the environment. Hong Kong almost lost its harbour because of these conflicting roles as the government was more concerned with its role as landowner rather than its role as protector of the harbour.

The Protection of the Harbour Ordinance, enacted in 1997, constituted the harbour a "special public asset" and a "natural heritage of Hong Kong people".

It is therefore right and proper for a harbour authority to be formed with proper public representation so that the community could decide on the future of the harbour and the harbourfront.

Winston K. S. Chu, adviser, Society for Protection of the Harbour
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Old September 6th, 2007, 06:39 AM   #443
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Old September 7th, 2007, 03:10 PM   #444
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Besides the half Star Ferry, doesn't seem like it has gone anywhere in 5 months.

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Old September 9th, 2007, 07:34 AM   #445
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Designs for waterfront go on display at Star Ferry
9 September 2007
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More than 80 creative designs for the Central waterfront went on public display yesterday at the Star Ferry pier in Central.

The displays are entries in a design competition that will play a part in the public consultation on the new waterfront.

Secretary for Development Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor presided over the opening ceremony with other dignitaries present.

Mrs Lam said she welcomed the design competition as a complement to the government's work.

After taking a quick glimpse at the displays, she judged that some plans might not be feasible, saying they would require further reclamation work.

The exhibition, organised by Designing Hong Kong, attracted dozens of entries from international and local architects.

The display at the pier will run until September 28.

Paul Zimmerman, Designing Hong Kong spokesman, encouraged the public to vote for their favourite waterfront design by filling in a form at the exhibition.

Another way to vote and comment on the designs is on the website www.designinghongkong.com .

A wide range of professionals has been invited as judges. Apart from architects and professors of architecture, others invited to judge the works include writers, artists, lawmakers, surveyors and Urban Renewal Authority chairman Barry Cheung Chun-yuen.

The jury members will meet on Saturday to select three winners and five merit awardees, and the results will be announced next Sunday.

Mr Zimmerman said all designs would be submitted to the government along with the results of the public voting when the consultation officially opened next month.

Architect Vincent Ng, who sits on the jury, said instead of focusing on the design structure he would pay more attention to the open space, which would allow different activities to be held.

Ocean Park chairman Allan Zeman said he found the different perspectives from designers worldwide interesting in their attempt to bring more vibrancy to the city.

Crispian Cheng, who submitted a design that took him and his six teammates two months to prepare, said: "Joining this competition has been enjoyable."

What mattered to him, he added, was not the result but the process itself.

Canadian Angela Spaxman, who has worked in Hong Kong for 11 years, said the competition was a model of how urban planning should be done. "It has more variety as it starts from a blank page. It expresses different visions. There is a chance for the public to express their idea."
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Old September 13th, 2007, 07:40 AM   #446
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Reclamation Photos' Link from HK Place, posted by Guia.
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Old September 23rd, 2007, 06:10 PM   #447
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Finalists present visions of HK harbourside bliss
21 September 2007
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Sipping a cup of Chinese tea by the Central waterfront or strolling in a "Central Park of Hong Kong" in the city's financial hub could become reality if the ideas put forward in a harbour-front design competition are adopted.

They are among the visions of finalists in the competition, organised by Designing Hong Kong, an organisation established to help reach a consensus on sustainable harbour planning among the public, business sector and the government.

The Central Waterfront Design Competition was launched in May as part of the public consultation on the new Central waterfront, with prizes of HK$1 million. It attracted 82 entries from Hong Kong and the mainland, as well as Indonesia, France, Spain, the Netherlands, the United States and Canada.

Three teams from the US and one from Shanghai were selected as finalists while a local design was awarded an honourable mention by 11 jurors yesterday.

One of the finalists, Jack Sidener from Hawaii, impressed the jury with his "nostalgic" old Hong Kong design entitled "Sky for Dragon, Earth for People".

He proposed that most of the site be developed as a low-rise urban district oriented to street life, with high-rise residential and commercial towers as a "sky dragon".

Leslie Lu, jury vice-chairman and head of architecture at the University of Hong Kong, said: "His design is like the waterfront of Sheung Wan and Wan Chai before reclamation.

"People would be able to go to Chinese restaurants and shop around in the area."

Green concepts were also hailed by the jury.

Another finalist, "Amphibian Carpet" by Lewis Chui, Selah Au, Hins Cheung and Bart Chui from the US, proposed turning the usually hard edge of the waterfront into a coastal wetland by planting mangroves and other aquatic plants, which apart from providing greenery would act as a natural cushion between land and sea during bad weather.

There would be ground-floor courtyards, rooftop gardens and public spaces for people to go to relax.

Professor Lu said: "It could become Hong Kong's Central Park, like Central Park in New York and Hyde Park [in London]."

Jury chairman Essy Baniassad, a professor from Chinese University's Department of Architecture, said the area would be in sharp contrast to the skyscrapers behind and would give a very strong "green" message.

Edward Yung, Kipp Edick and Chris Hillyard from the US also had a similar idea in their "Hong Kong Waterfront" project, featuring subterranean development with extensive parkland cover.

Professor Lu said the scheme successfully connected the harbour with the older part of Hong Kong so more people would be attracted to the waterfront.

Gregory Yager, Chinyao Chen, Sujata Govada and Dick Grove from Shanghai came up with a "very practical" design entitled "The Golden Crescent - Envisioning a Grand Promenade Along Hong Kong's Central Waterfront".

It comprised large gardens and mixed development for business and the community.

Local design "Coastal Play", which connects Admiralty and Central with a multi-functional waterfront promenade - from architects Jan Lai Kwok-yin, Kenny Koo Gin, Jim Chan Tsin-ching, and Grace Ng Ming-shan - was awarded an honourable mention.

The finalists and the honorable mention entrant will all be awarded HK$60,000.

The jury will announce the winner in November. The winning design will be submitted to the government for consideration.

The models of the four finalists will be exhibited in shopping malls this year, on dates yet to be fixed.
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Old September 23rd, 2007, 07:56 PM   #448
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Hope the gov't not only takes into consideration these designs, but also the attention to this entire process!!
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Old October 15th, 2007, 05:36 PM   #449
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Old October 17th, 2007, 02:42 PM   #450
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RTHK News:
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Old October 17th, 2007, 05:02 PM   #451
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I think development in HK is necessary, but so is the Harbour.

I think the problem of the Harbour be encroached on could be served by decentralization and creating another CBD area beyond the Harbour. And in my opinion, the area I'm talking about could be the area West of the Tung Chung Line, where Kwai Chung port area is, and the south of that...

The port could be moved further north, along Tsuen Wan West, to make it more competitive with other Pearl River Delta ports.

This is just my personal view. I'm familiar with HK but of course, not as familiar as a HK citizen.. So pardon any factual errors or anything..
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Old October 17th, 2007, 06:44 PM   #452
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There are already plans to decentralize the core, with Union Square being the centre of attention now, attracting several ibanks to rent for about 1/4 the price of Central. Kowloon Bay and Kwun Tong in east Kowloon are attracting smaller firms that want new and decent quality office space with their new towers at bargain basement prices. Even One Island East has popped into the picture, with a bank announcing today they'll rent >10 floors.
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Old October 24th, 2007, 07:06 PM   #453
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紅磡海旁打造黃金門廊
24/10/2007




【本報訊】紅磡海旁一帶將來或會變身為結合旅遊及商業的旺區,並以黃金門廊為標誌。規劃署完成紅磡海旁規劃發展第二階段的公眾諮詢,收到二百六十份意見書,大部分贊成將紅磡海旁發展為旅遊及商業區,打造黃金門廊。不過,亦有意見認為當局應進一步降低綜合發展區及紅鸞道的發展密度及樓宇高度,更有市民強烈反對搬遷大環山公園,當局稍後會重新檢討有關的規劃發展,再提交最後報告。

城市規劃委員會本周五將討論紅磡海旁用地的公眾諮詢結果,以及香港二○三○規劃遠景與策略報告,聽取委員意見。規劃署早前就紅磡海旁發展進行諮詢,提出重點發展區內四個有潛力區域,包括國際郵件中心現址、紅磡海旁綜合發展區、紅鸞道住宅區及海逸豪園旁大環山公園,諮詢期本月二十日結束。

或擱置遷大環山公園
當局因應公眾意見,倡將搬遷後的國際郵件中心及九廣鐵路貨運場所在地,劃作與海濱有關的旅遊及商業用途,興建兩幢十八層高的酒店。另外,紅鸞道住宅用地建議按照六倍的地積比率,興建兩幢樓高三十三層住宅大廈,避免出現屏風效應;紅磡海旁的綜合發展區,亦以六倍地積比率興建十至二十層高商廈,闢作旅遊及商業中心,當中的交通交匯處亦計算入地積比率中。

規劃署原訂最先發展海逸豪園附近的大環山公園,署方屬意遷走現時遊樂場及籃球場後,在該處發展消閒的小型咖啡茶座等,配合未來貫通尖沙咀紅磡及土瓜灣等地的海濱長廊發展。不過,有關構思遭區內居民強烈反對,搬遷計劃可能擱置。
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It's going along pretty quick compares to those pictures in late September.
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Old October 30th, 2007, 06:58 AM   #456
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Group wins review of reclamation

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The Society for the Protection of the Harbour yesterday won a High Court victory in its campaign to stop the government from temporarily reclaiming land to aid the building of the Central-Wan Chai Bypass.
Justice Michael Hartmann ruled a two-day judicial review will begin on February 4.

The conservation group made an application to the court for "an urgent trial date" on the grounds the case was in the public interest.

The society had previously challenged the legality of the reclamation, which is expected to last four years while the bypass is built.

During the hearing a government lawyer said the case was unlike the Queen's Pier saga because the reclamation plan had to be submitted to both the Executive Council and the Legislative Council for approval and hence work could not start before the middle of next year.

The government's position is that the reclamation will not cause permanent damage to the harbor and so the Protection of the Harbour Ordinance does not apply to the reclamation.

The conservation group said it would have preferred an earlier date for the hearing.

Its chairman, Winston Chu Ka-sun, said the last thing the group wanted was to cause a delay.

"The government proceeded very fast on Queen's Pier and we want to proceed just as fast," he said. "We have always supported the bypass.

"This delay is not due to us but due to the government's attempt to use more land.

"The delay has been caused by the government being over ambitious in its reclamation plan. Previously it had wanted to reclaim 26 hectares but now it says only five hectares - this illustrates our point."

The group wants to ensure that reclamation is kept to a minimum through the judicial review.

Chu said the group will today reveal in-depth information on the government's reclamation agenda not previously made public.

"Our plan will show what the government is doing," Chu said.
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Old November 12th, 2007, 06:08 AM   #459
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Harbor walk runs out of schools
31 October 2007
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The Society for the Protection of the Harbour and three other groups host the annual ``Walk for the Harbour'' on Sunday after the society won leave to challenge the government's proposed three-hectare temporary reclamation for the Central-Wan Chai bypass.

However, the walk, which aims to educate youngsters about harbor protection, has seen the number of schools taking part this year drop from 70 last year to zero.

Society chairman Winston Chu Ka- sun said yesterday he suspected the schools might have been pressured not to take part in the event.

The High Court yesterday granted the society's application for a judicial review to stop the government from temporarily reclaiming land to make way for the construction of the bypass.

The society won its first legal battle in 2004 after the government proposed a 26-hectare reclamation for the bypass, a harbor park and a new extension for the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. In that review, the Court of Final Appeal ruled the government must establish an ``overriding public need'' to justify reclamation, and the reclamation area was reduced from 26 to five hectares.

A proposed plan for the bypass was gazetted on July 27, including temporary reclamation for the construction of the Trunk Road tunnel for the bypass.

Also, a previously not seen temporary breakwater will be built 213 meters from the shore aimed to act as temporary mooring area.

Chu accused the government of trying to circumvent the law by not consulting the Town Planning Board, the Legislative Council or even the harbor enhancement committee about the plan.

``A government shouldn't work through loopholes in the law, turning away from its conscience,'' he said.

Chu stressed they are not opposed to reclamation, but are against anything excessive and without any good reason.

``We just want Hong Kong to be well,'' he said.
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Designing Hong Kong is a non-profit organization in Hong Kong. The organization is committed to achieving the following objectives:

1. To promote the health, safety, convenience and the general, social, and economic welfare of the community of Hong Kong today, WITHOUT COMPROMISING the future;

2. To identify ways and means of enhancing the quality and sustainability of Hong Kong’s living environment for the health, safety, convenience and welfare of residents and visitors;

3. To undertake research and studies into the design and development of Hong Kong’s living environment;

4. To educate and raise the awareness among the community on the need to protect and enhance the living environment of Hong Kong, and the ways and means to do so;

5. To form alliances among members of the community with a common interest(s) in protecting and enhancing the living environment of Hong Kong

6. To undertake any and all lawful acts and deeds which are necessary and conducive to attaining the objects of the Company

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