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Old July 14th, 2008, 06:22 PM   #541
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Architect takes dim view of groundscraper legacy
8 July 2008
South China Morning Post

The infamous groundscraper may be gone from the drawing board, but its remnants could still spoil the view of the Central waterfront if one of the latest two concept plans for the area was chosen, a veteran architect warned yesterday.

Lawmakers, conservationists and architects - speaking before consultation ends on Thursday - also criticised the plans for a lack of open space and loss of authenticity in the relocation of Queen's Pier.

Hong Kong Urban Design Alliance convenor Vincent Ng Wing-shun said more attention needed to be paid to the effect of a proposed landscaped deck connecting Connaught Road to the waterfront via a cluster of office and retail blocks about 10 storeys high.

The cluster - once dubbed a groundscraper because it resembled a huge high-rise tower lying on its side - is dissected into four office and retail blocks under the government's new proposals.

The public is given a large deck and a narrow deck with public space at street level to choose from.

Mr Ng said few had noticed the visual corridor from Statue Square to the Star Ferry pier would be blocked by a larger deck.

He said most sites were given two planning designs for the public to choose from except for the arts and cultural precinct located to the north of the Academy for Performing Arts.

He said the planned six-lane P2 road separated the precinct from the narrow open space next to the Convention and Exhibition Centre, and urged the government to reduce the scale of the road and adjust its alignment to allow a more integrated design of open space and arts facilities. "The development density is cut, but the scale of the P2 Road is not," he said.

Mr Ng said the government had named various places without taking appropriate activities there.

"The waterfront is said to have a pier walk, harbour walk, bayside walk, ferry plaza, featured piazza and waterfront-event plaza," he said. "How are they differentiated from each other?"

Lawmaker and member of the Antiquities Advisory Board Patrick Lau Sau-shing said Queen's Pier, recognised as a grade-one historic structure, would not be completely restored if it was relocated to the new waterfront as proposed.

"Instead of extending from the shore, the pier will just stand at the shore and lose two of its landing steps," he said, adding that the existing Pier 9 and Pier 10 would have to give up a berth to make room for it.

Fearing that Queen's Pier would not be the same after relocation, the Conservancy Association is requesting an answer from the Antiquities and Monuments Office.

A spokeswoman for the Planning Department said the consultants would examine and consolidate all public views and suggestions, and prepare design responses where appropriate.

Although the three-month consultation will officially end on Thursday, the department said public views submitted this month would also be considered.
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Old July 18th, 2008, 06:30 AM   #542
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Fenwick Pier destined to fall
28 June 2008
South China Morning Post

Fenwick Pier, historic point of arrival for generations of sailors visiting the city, is to be demolished under the plan for the Central waterfront and be replaced by public landing steps and a park.

But an Antiquities Advisory Board member has questioned whether such a development can adequately take the place of the pier.

Under the plan, the pier and Fleet Arcade will be replaced by a public park after reclamation for the Central-Wan Chai bypass is completed.

But the reclamation is on hold because of a judicial review challenging whether a 10.7-hectare temporary reclamation is necessary to build the bypass, originally scheduled for completion in 2016.

At a board meeting on Thursday, Planning Department director Ava Ng Tse Suk-ying said the pier would be demolished and not rebuilt.

A department source said the pier had no architectural merit and had just a few landing steps.

The source said the area was intended for open-space development, so the Fleet Arcade would need to move to make way for a public park.

A department spokeswoman said public landing steps and waterfront commercial and leisure facilities would be provided along the new harbourfront to serve the public. An amendment to the outline zoning plan had undergone extensive public consultation, she said.

Honorary adviser to the Museum of History Cheng Po-hung said Fenwick Pier had a long history. He said the first Fenwick Pier, located in Johnston Road, was a private pier for a steel factory and a dockyard owned by the Fenwick Company. The pier was moved to Gloucester Road in the 1940s and Lung Wui Road, Admiralty, in the 1960s during reclamation.

Board member Ng Cho-nam said preservation of the pier was omitted from the public consultation.

Karl Milner, of the Quarterdeck Restaurant at Fleet Arcade, said it was not worried as the demolition could take years and the arcade might move to the new waterfront.
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Old July 18th, 2008, 08:43 AM   #543
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Is face lift in central finally over?
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Old July 29th, 2008, 05:54 PM   #544
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^ Not for a while.

Architects association floats plan to revive Queen's Pier
(07-29 16:39)
Hong Kong Standard

The Hong Kong Institute of Architects and Urban Design Association have come up with a proposal to resurrect Queen's Pier, Star Ferry Clock Tower and to relocate the Golden Bauhinia to the proposed central waterfront.

Rejecting the government's design as sterile, Vincent Ng, member of the design council, said the HKIA's proposal mixed open space and water front activities in a way that would create a more exciting and vibrant shore line in Central.

The institute's proposal would also reduce proposed building heights, increase open space by reducing the size of proposed roads, which would be almost entirely at street level instead of the governments multi-level approach. The proposal will also bear a tramline, a marine museum, and space for night markets.
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Old July 31st, 2008, 02:49 AM   #545
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Architects association floats plan to revive Queen's Pier
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The Hong Kong Institute of Architects and Urban Design Association have come up with a proposal to resurrect Queen's Pier, Star Ferry Clock Tower and to relocate the Golden Bauhinia to the proposed central waterfront.
I dunno...the Golden Bauhinia in front of the HKCEC is sort of a trademarked sight and representative of the 1997 takeover.
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The institute's proposal would also reduce proposed building heights, increase open space by reducing the size of proposed roads, which would be almost entirely at street level instead of the governments multi-level approach.
Definitely great ideas, especially getting rid of most of the multi-leveled roads. Who would want to see tiers of traffic screaming across a view of the harbour?
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Old July 31st, 2008, 06:38 PM   #546
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Architects present design for 'inner harbour' at Queen's Pier
30 July 2008
South China Morning Post

Queen's Pier would be able to stand at its original site and face the harbour once again if a recreational "inner harbour" was created, a group of architects and planners has suggested. The Urban Design Alliance introduced its Central waterfront proposal yesterday, featuring an inner harbour surrounded by long promenades for al fresco dining and strolling, connected to other spots on the shore by boats and a tram.

The old Queen's Pier would stand on the mini-harbour frontage, re-establishing its historic position. The alignment would form a boulevard from the HSBC Building, through the Star Ferry clock tower - restored at the original site - to Queen's Pier and the new Star Ferry Pier.

Patrick Lau Hing-tat, a member of the Harbourfront Enhancement Committee and a landscape architect, welcomed the design. "A shore location for Queen's Pier is the key to respecting heritage, remembering that colonial governors declared rule by the action of 'landing' on the pier," he said.

The envisaged mini-harbour is currently a reclamation site. Alliance chairman Paul Chu Hoi-shan said restoration would not involve technical problems.

"It is only about whether the government wants to do it, though with some costs," he said.

The alliance also doubted that the government's existing plan would be able to launch a "vibrant" harbourfront, as it claimed.

"Its proposed promenade is ill-defined by large empty gardens," alliance member Vincent Ng said. "It cannot attract pedestrians to walk all the way along the harbourfront."

Countering the government proposal, the group suggested deleting the two tall commercial blocks planned in front of Two IFC and spreading the floor areas along the waterfront. A handful of three- or four-storey blocks would dot the shore, while a short hotel cluster would be built near Tamar. An extra storey would be added to existing piers for retail purposes.

"The gross floor area would remain unchanged, but by spreading it evenly the whole area will bring more pedestrians," Mr Ng said.

The scheme also proposed converting the PLA berth into a public swimming pool on the harbour's edge, and bringing in a floating hotel and a maritime museum.

A Planning Department spokeswoman said the government would study the proposal. The public consultation ends this month.
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What's the proposed completion date?
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Excellent photos. Looks to be some good progress, a very nice thread you've got going on here, I'll need to look into it a bit deeper.
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Thanks for your pictures, Hkskyline. Love your update as usual
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Can he stop the sprawl that's eating Hong Kong's harbor?
4 September 2008
The Christian Science Monitor

From the garden of the Chu family's 30th floor penthouse, Hong Kong's jumble of skyscrapers rising against the harbor look like pixie sticks propped in the ground. To a visitor, the scale amazes, but to fifth-generation Hong Konger Winston Chu, it appalls.

And for one reason: The "fragrant harbor" - which is what Hong Kong means in Cantonese - is literally disappearing under cement.

Hemmed by dramatic mountains, the city has grown seaward, literally over the water's edge through reclamation. Victoria Harbor has shrunk, it's once-scalloped edges have been straightened into the city-street grid.

"The harbor used to be twice as wide as it is now," says Mr. Chu. The government has "been reclaiming [it] bit by bit. There's a Chinese term that translates to a 'silkworm eating a leaf one bite at a time.' But now it's like a tiger. And that tiger is the government."

The view of the harbor from this patio of potted pansies and terra-cotta tiles used to be unobstructed. Fourteen years ago, Chu's five-foot-tall mother, Cissy Fok Wing Yue, then 80, pulled him aside, pointed toward the reclamation across the harbor in western Kowloon, and accused her son of being at least partially responsible for her compromised view.

At the time, Chu, a lawyer, served as a senior member of the powerful Town Planning Board. So Ms. Yue assumed that harbor reclamation - and the destruction of her view - was his and his colleagues' fault. As the mother of 12, she was accustomed to others' claims on her space. But this 1.3-square-mile patch of new earth was too much.

" 'You Town Planning Board people are ruining our harbor!' " Chu recalls her saying. He shakes his finger toward the reclamation like his mother did. "She really gave me a good scolding."

He promised to look into it. After several weeks of research, Chu learned why he'd neither heard about nor participated in the reclamation-approval process: There was no law requiring the board to learn about or participate in it, no system of checks and balances.

And so, 14 years ago, Chu began a campaign to preserve what was left of Victoria Harbor.

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Enticed by the harbor's natural depth and protection, the British dropped anchor off Hong Kong Island during the First Opium War and began setting up permanent shop in 1842, after the Chinese ceded the territory under the Treaty of Nanking. Soon, industrial-sized dreams started to flood the shoreline, and, in 1850, the first reclamation began. Developable land was scarce, after all, and more was needed.

Chu doesn't quibble with the original reclamation. He takes issue with everything reclaimed since 1984, when the Chinese government in Beijing established the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), giving Hong Kong an additional 365 square miles called the New Territories, and increasing Hong Kong's land almost 10-fold. Because of this vast amount of developable land, Chu argues, there's no justification for carrying out the 3,000-plus acres of reclamation that the British proposed or committed to before it handed Hong Kong back to China in 1997.

Chu doesn't exactly fit the profile of a bumper-sticker activist. His own involvement in development investment opens him up to some criticism. He's chauffeured around town in his Mercedes Benz. He was among the powerbrokers responsible for one of Hong Kong's major thoroughfares,and has owned tin mines in Malaysia and Thailand. In his spare time, he reads nuclear physics, plays snooker, and has written a book of poetry in English - a diversion the native- Chinese speaker developed at London's University College, where he's now a visiting professor.

But before Chu came along, there were no activists fighting for the harbor and few activists in Hong Kong. The population had grown accustomed to the dredging in the harbor - and Chinese culture discourages confrontations with power, as did the old colonial regime. Chu points to an old Chinese adage: "A poor person should never oppose a rich man, and the rich will not fight against officials." Apathy, Chu says, is how most people here survive.

It wasn't until the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949 that Hong Kong saw a flood of refugees, bringing many intellectuals who were more inclined to contribute to public dialogue.

"The average person in Hong Kong is rather passive, as under British colonialism there had never been encouragement for such public debates," says former Harvard professor and cultural critic Leo Ou-Fan Lee. "Moreover, the general level of education in Hong Kong is not high - merely high school for the average person, who often feel they lack the intellectual sophistication that should be the expression of any resonance in a cosmopolitan city."However, some locals have "awakened," Mr. Lee adds. "Suddenly they feel that some of the traces of iconic sites are being erased, so they're trying to preserve them. I think one of the reason is wat might be called collective memory."* * * After Chu completed his initial legal research in 1995, he enlisted Christine Loh - who, like him, is Chinese and British-educated. At the time she was serving on Hong Kong's legislative council. Together, Chu and Ms. Loh founded the Society for Harbor Protection, or SPH. Chu went on to draft a law, with the assistance of Loh's legislative office, called the Protection of the Harbor Ordinance. It made the harbor a public asset and natural heritage of the Hong Kong people. Only in cases of "overriding need," the bill read, could the government proceed with reclamation. It was approved 72 hours before the 1997 British handover back to China.

Historically, reclamation has been necessary for development, says Carrie Lam, the secretary of development, but after the current project, reclamation will cease.

Chu claims the government's reclamations since 1984 have been solely for the sake of profits from selling the new land and that its promises "are totally unreliable."

About a quarter of government revenue comes from selling land and other income from land development, according to the government's annual yearbook.

In any case, Chu has staved off the reclamation of more than 1,300 acres. And even Ms. Lam, whom Chu calls the "enemy," commends the SPH for taking the high road.

Asked if Chu's campaign has been a hassle, Lam laughs: "I can't say it's not. We're running around answering questions, getting taken to court, but I accept this is part of public governance."

SPH has won two of the three high court cases it pressed and five lower court decisions.

So far, Chu has sunk more than $500,000 of his own money into the campaign, and, when his mother passed away in 2006, she left him a "meaningful amount" for the fight. All told, their contributions exceed $1.25 million.

Chu isn't just "a meticulous lawyer," says Loh, SPH cofounder, "he's a person of financial means, and he's very dedicated to the issue. In Hong Kong, he's the only person I know who has these characteristics and has gone on to become a campaigner."

Chu has made enough noise in Hong Kong that in October 2003, he, his wife, and his mother fled after he received a letter physically threatening them. The letter contained the make, model, and license numbers of his mother's cars, where she attended the opera, the kind of jewelry she wore, and the name of her hair salon.

Now, back on the terrace, on chairs where Chu and his mother used to nap and where the family celebrated Chinese festivals, Chu lowers his voice. "Look, Hong Kong cannot survive without the harbor - economically, environmentally, in giving people a better quality of life.

"I was raised a Buddhist. My father always told me that if you see a banana peel on the ground, you've got to remove it ... it only takes a minute to do, but the old lady who might step on it could be crippled for life. To practice Buddhism is no more than that. You start with small things, and I suppose you end up with the harbor."
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Old October 20th, 2008, 06:26 PM   #553
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Government to provide sustainable living environment for Hong Kong, says official

HONG KONG, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- The Hong Kong SAR government will continue its endeavors to provide a quality and sustainable living environment for the people of Hong Kong, the Secretary for Development of Hong Kong Carrie Lam said Saturday.

Lam was speaking at the plenary session of an international symposium organized by the Skyscraper Museum in New York City, said a press release of the Hong Kong Information Service Department.

She said that Hong Kong's high density development had accommodated the city's population increase at one million per decade in the latter half of the 20th century and propelled its economic growth, while preserving the countryside for public enjoyment.

However, Lam admitted that in recent years, both the civil society and members of the public had voiced concerns about the height and bulk of buildings and their environmental and visual impact, and expressed strong aspirations for preserving heritage buildings, ceasing harbor reclamation, creating quality open space and preserving community networks and local characteristics in urban regeneration.

In response to these aspirations and to pursue a sustainable development in Hong Kong, the Government was committed to finding the right balance between economic benefits and benefits to culture, the society and the environment.

During the speech, Lam outlined in her presentation the various initiatives in reviewing development density, promulgating clear development control parameters in statutory plans, preserving and revitalizing heritage buildings, undertaking area-based revitalization projects, promoting green buildings.

Lam said that to achieve the vision of Hong Kong as Asia's world city, the Government would focus on three broad areas in working out the future blueprint of Hong Kong, namely improving a quality living environment, enhancing economic competitiveness, and strengthening links with the Chinese mainland.

Lam arrived in New York City on October 16 for a 3-day official visit.
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I went to attend the symposium and was pleased to see that Carrie Lam spoke on behalf of the HKSAR government and brought up all these developing controversies we have been debating (e.g. reclamation, wall effect etc.) in front of a group of international audiences who knew almost nothing about HK. It showed that the government actually recognizes these problems we are having and hopefully, the government is going to find the solutions and build a better HK.
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Top planner 'too junior' to handle waterfront site
21 September 2008
South China Morning Post

The city's top planning official was yesterday described as being "too junior" to handle the Central waterfront project.

The blistering attack on Director of Planning Ava Ng Tse Suk-ying came during a forum, attended by business and community leaders, to discuss alternative proposals for the development of the waterfront area in front of Two IFC.

More than 100 people, including veteran harbour activist Winston Chu Ka-sun, Civic Exchange chief Christine Loh Kung-wai, Urban Design Alliance convenor Vincent Ng Wing-shun and former chief secretary Sir David Akers-Jones, took part in the forum.

The government has proposed building medium high-rise and medium-rise commercial buildings on the reclaimed land immediately in front of Two IFC.

Two counter-proposals - one by the Urban Design Alliance and the other by a consultancy firm commissioned by the IFC's management - oppose the construction of tall buildings in front of Two IFC.

Speaking at the forum, Mr Ng told the planning director: "No offence, but you are too junior as director of planning [to handle the Central waterfront development]. There are so many things involved.

"The Transport Department wants to build roads as big as possible {hellip} and [Secretary for Development] Carrie Lam [Cheng Yuet-ngor] will tell you to talk to the chief secretary, financial secretary and [Chief Executive] Donald Tsang [Yam-kuen]."

During a question-and-answer session, Sir David asked Mrs Ng to "go and tell her bosses" that there would be no use putting the scheme to the public as no one would want commercial buildings in front of Two IFC.

Mrs Ng, however, said the government had to take time to "study seriously" the proposals put forward during the public consultation that ended on July 31.

She also said there was a need to pay attention to the constraints and needs concerning waterfront development, including different stakeholders, management and administrative needs, and the existing government planning framework.

But Sir David told her that, after years of experience in administering the city, he was sure there would be ways to get around the otherwise rigid bureaucratic framework.

The problem with the government was that it was too set on making billions of dollars by selling land along the harbourfront, he said.

Mrs Ng said the government would have a dialogue with the public by the end of this year to respond to the proposals.

The alliance, formed by architects and planners, suggested scrapping two tall commercial blocks planned for the front of Two IFC and spreading out the floor area. It also suggested public facilities including an inner harbour and an eco-park.

The IFC consultancy's proposal suggested that the waterfront should comprise extensive shaded green space for the public.

After the forum, Mrs Ng said she got the impression that participants saw the government's view as antagonistic towards the public.

Asked whether she felt she was in a position to oversee and co-ordinate the different layers of issues in urban planning, Mrs Ng said it would be the responsibility of the "government as a whole".
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行政長官曾蔭權今早在立法會發表新一份的《施政報告》。曾蔭權指出,維多利亞港是香港城市面貌的象徵,具有高度人文歷史價值,是所有香港人共同擁有的寶貴資產。維港備受香港市民熱愛,近年共建維港委員會和不少民間組織亦為進一步優化維港兩岸出謀獻策,他十分欣賞有關工作。他表示,為了有效落實美化和活化維港兩岸的計劃,發展局會統籌各政府部門的工作,並成立專責小組,探討中長期重新規劃的可行性,改善海濱的暢達程度,並與相關的區議會合作,落實海濱長廊的工程。他強調,希望美麗的維港不單繼續成為香港城市的象徵,也可以全民共享。
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23 October 2008
東方日報

【東方日報專訊】爭議多年的中環灣仔繞道工程有新進展。土木工程拓展署最近完成主幹道興建方式的研究,堅持採用不論永久及臨時填海面積均最大的隧道方案進行工程,捨棄填海面積較小的天橋方案。有立法會議員炮轟政府堅持填海,無回應法庭要求重新修訂計劃,十分離譜,促請政府研究加強鐵路網絡,紓緩交通問題。

拖延近十年的中環灣仔繞道由於涉及填海,引起環保團體不滿,今年初高等法院裁定保護海港會反對中環灣仔繞道臨時填海工程的司法覆核勝訴,當時法官在判詞中明確指出海港是公眾及大自然的資產,即使是臨時填海亦須受《保護海港條例》約束,除非政府有凌駕性的公眾需要才可進行,政府亦須諮詢公眾。而當局年底會完成中環灣仔繞道和東區走廊連接路的諮詢工作。

走線不設「零填海」

不過,政府在重新研究中環灣仔繞道走線後,訂定主幹道應沿灣仔和銅鑼灣海岸走線,並無「零填海」方案,兩個興建主幹線方案均涉及填海,當局更指填海範圍最大的隧道方式最可行。

根據政府提供的資料,隧道方式涉及永久填海面積共達十二點八公頃,涉及範圍包括灣仔會展西面部分、會展中心水道、灣仔沿岸及北角沿岸的土地,並需於填海零點一公頃興建樁帽和防護柱墩,以興建在北角接駁東區走廊的高架主幹路,填海的面積較天橋方案多兩成半。

由於主幹道的隧道將伸延至銅鑼灣避風塘及前公眾貨物裝卸區海床下,兩處亦需於施工階段臨時填海四點九公頃,以隧道方式進行的臨時填海,面積亦較天橋方案多出一點五公頃。

隧道營運費多一截

此外,隧道方案建築費達二百億元也較天橋方案多出八成,每年營運費用總額亦達一億一千萬元,同樣較天橋方案高;隧道方案建造時間長達七年,較天橋方案需時多一年。

雖然隧道方案填海面積多、建築成本又高,但土木署認為天橋會覆蓋及影響水面的面積,海港受影響的面積達六點六公頃,遠較隧道多,而且會佔用海旁用地,影響海濱長廊計劃,而且天橋方案不獲公眾支持,因此認為隧道方案最可取。

一直反對政府填海的立法會議員何秀蘭批評政府並無正視法庭的意見,盡力保護海港,堅持採用填海面積最大的建造方案。她認為隧道方案會影響海床及水流,造成生態影響,而天橋方案亦會影響市民享用海濱長廊,她認為政府應研究其他辦法,如考慮加強鐵路網絡。
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