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Old June 11th, 2009, 04:05 PM   #641
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Director will play key role in cultural district
10 June 2009
South China Morning Post

Director will play key role in cultural district

I refer to the question posed in your "Leaders & Letters" page on June 5.

I would like to clarify that Angus Cheng Siu-chuen has not been appointed to head the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority. Rather, he will serve as executive director (project delivery) responsible for planning and development. Leading the authority will be a chief executive officer whose recruitment will commence soon.

Mr Cheng plays a key role in the development of the cultural district in that he will lead the formulation of its development plan and he will be intimately involved in the public engagement process for shaping the final development blueprint. Mr Cheng is suitably qualified for such a role, as he has more than 20 years of experience in managing large-scale development projects.

Mr Cheng and his department will be tasked with planning and developing the arts and cultural venues, as well as designing the public space as an area for open interaction, enjoyment and relaxation.

His department will develop the district into a destination of choice for both local residents and overseas visitors, as well as the choice for the arts and cultural community and creative industries. Mr Cheng and his team will also develop and execute a business strategy for the retail, dining and entertainment facilities of the cultural district and ensure that the physical site and building specifications of the relevant facilities, such as piazzas, open space, transport and other linkages, can meet user requirements.

Working together with Mr Cheng under the CEO will be five other executive directors responsible for museums, performing arts, marketing and communications, finance, and human resources, respectively. A legal counsel and an internal auditor will also report directly to the CEO. The CEO, along with the executive directors for museums and performing arts, will possess the arts and cultural expertise necessary for the authority to guide the artistic direction of the West Kowloon Cultural District.

Recruitment of both the CEO and this team of top-tier executives will take place shortly.

Sharon Chung, public relations manager, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority
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Old June 16th, 2009, 06:28 PM   #642
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In the second stage of consultation, three plans based on public views will be released. The final plan is expected to be issued in early 2011.
Guess it's safe to say the project won't be completed till 2015 or even later. Waiting for the masterplan presentation (finally) in July.
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Old June 22nd, 2009, 05:37 PM   #643
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Culture shock as boss makes fast exit
The Standard
Thursday, June 18, 2009

The fledgling West Kowloon Cultural District Authority has been rocked by the dramatic resignation of its most senior official - just nine days after he started the job.

Executive director Angus Cheng Siu- chuen is stepping down for "personal reasons," the government announced late last night.

Former high-flying Disney executive Cheng handed in his letter of resignation on Tuesday evening.

"I am very honored to have had the opportunity to work for the WKCDA. However, I regret that because of personal reasons, I have tendered my resignation," he said in a statement.

The authority thanked him for his participation in the development of the project.

Now the project, which has been plagued by controversy since the outset, will have to begin a new recruitment exercise which could take up to six months.

Project director Augustine Ng Wah- keung will take over until a new executive director is found.

Cheng's appointment was announced on June 3 and he took office last Monday.

He beat 67 candidates from the arts, engineering and architecture sectors to land the HK$1.5 million-a-year job.

Cheng was the first senior official to be recruited by the authority. It is currently recruiting a chief executive who will supervise six executive directors, including the position Cheng held.

The resignation was greeted with shock last night.

Cheng held a meeting with the committee last Friday and it was the only occasion they had met, one of the members told The Stan
dard.

"Cheng did not say anything at the meeting. I only had a chance to shake hands with him," the member said.

Cheng holds a business administration degree and earned a master's in urban design in the United States.

He worked for eight years with construction company Dragages, which handled infrastructure projects in Hong Kong, and then for Sino Land and the MTR Corporation.

He later joined Disneyland to lead its master planning, development, design and engineering.

The Civic Party's Alan Leong Ka- kit said it is difficult to guess why Cheng resigned.

"Perhaps he did not understand the nature of the job before he joined," Leong said.

Ada Wong Ying-kay of the People's Panel on West Kowloon criticized the authority for not recruiting someone with an artistic background: "Cheng may have found he could not bring his knowledge and skill into full play," Wong said.

WKCDA Remuneration Committee chairman Sin Chung-kai said it would not affect the authority's ability to attract top quality people.
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Old July 5th, 2009, 10:20 AM   #644
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Opinion : Arts districts are
30 June 2009
South China Morning Post

When Gordon Lee calls for a mixed commercial and residential development at West Kowloon Cultural District interspersed with cultural facilities ("Cultural district ideal for HK", June 15), his comparison with Manhattan was factually incorrect.

Anyone who has ever lived in New York would note that most of the cultural art facilities are built and centred around the city's crown jewel, Central Park, which is surrounded by upscale residential and commercial districts.

It is the same with two other neighbourhoods associated with the arts, Greenwich Village and SoHo, that evolved around the historic Washington Square Park.

Central Park was actually conceived by a group of distinguished New Yorkers concerned about the well-being of residents. It would be irresponsible of the government to sell the land of an urban green park for commercial and residential development.

May I call to the attention of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority board that a group of University of Hong Kong architecture students has devised a design of an economically, culturally and environmentally-sustainable green system interlinking a group of our urban green parks with the proposed West Kowloon cultural park.

The surrounding lands and facilities would be developed and upgraded via a harbour green park approach.

Hong Kong Alternatives believes it is in the public interest for the government to exclude any high-rise commercial and residential development from the cultural district. Officials should take note of the innovative ideas of these young talented students and their call for a creative, economically and environmentally sustainable Hong Kong starting with an integrated cultural green park.

I hope their voices can be heard and that their vision is realised.

K. N. Wai, Hong Kong Alternatives
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Wordsmiths in push for literary museum Cultural district perfect location, say writers
6 July 2009
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Local writers and literary critics are pressing for a literature museum in the West Kowloon Cultural District.

They want to use the future arts hub's "other arts and cultural facilities", for which 15,000 square metres, or 2 per cent of the gross floor area, is set aside independent of the core art museum and the 15 performance venues.

"The cultural district would be incomplete without a place for Hong Kong writing," Dung Kai-cheung, a novelist who won this year's top Arts Development Council award for literary arts, said in an interview with the Post.

"It is easy to say that writers do not need a venue because they work alone," Dung said. "But increasingly we feel we need a place to promote the reading and writing culture and to interact with the public."

Dung, who started publishing in 1992, lamented the fact that small literary bookshops, which used to be nurturing places for writers, had failed to survive soaring urban rents.

The nine-member group that Dung chairs comprises writers and literary scholars, including Lawrence Pun Kwok-ling, Ma Ka-fai and Chin Wan-kan, former Home Affairs Bureau research director in cultural policy. Their idea is endorsed by renowed writer Liu Yichang and scholar Leo Lee Ou-fan.

Pun said the museum should not not focus on just one or two star writers: "Public knowledge about local literature is limited to martial-arts novels by Louis Cha, science fiction by Ni Kuang, and popular romance writers. But the arts hub should also be a place to celebrate diversity and introduce neglected works."

With the new syllabus of Chinese language in secondary schools putting more emphasis on creative writing and local works, plus rising participation in the Hong Kong Literature Festival, the group feels its demand for a place at the arts hub is justified.

Attendance at the literary festival, held every two years, rose from 210,000 in 2004 to 300,000 last year and entries in the writing, literary-performance and other competitions rose from 782 to 30,436 during the same period, according to the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

The writers' group said the museum could build on existing collections at the Central Public Library, the University of Hong Kong and Chinese University.

The library's Hong Kong Literature Room, which is displaying the manuscript of the late Eileen Chang's recently published novel Little Reunion, holds 45,000 items, including books, manuscripts, letters, portraits and clippings.

Hong Kong could also learn from the National Museum of Taiwan Literature, which designs exhibitions by theme as well as by author, Pun said.

"In Hong Kong, we could do an exhibition on 'streetscape', gathering the many stories about life in the old districts like Kowloon City and Sheung Wan, and in public housing estates."

He also cited Dui Dao, the famed novel by Liu Yichang, which has been translated into foreign languages and adapted for the stage, and which inspired film director Wong Kar-wai's In the Mood for Love. That story began with an old man's encounter on a Hong Kong Cross-Harbour Tunnel bus. The museum not only could showcase literary artefacts, it should function as a centre for activities, research and teaching, Dung said.

It could provide space for the staging of plays, poetry readings and bookshops. Having presented its proposal to lawmakers last month, the group is planning a petition signed by members of the cultural community and a seminar at the annual book fair to be held this month.

A West Kowloon Cultural District Authority spokeswoman said the authority would consider views collected during public consultations later in the year.
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Old July 9th, 2009, 04:24 AM   #647
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Top local architect wins culture spot
The Standard
Thursday, July 09, 2009

Local architect Rocco Yim Sen- kee will join heavyweight consultants Rem Koolhaas and Norman Foster on the West Kowloon Cultural District project.

A source told The Standard a two-year public consultation exercise will follow.

Community expectations are to be reflected in three conceptual plans, and the public will choose the winner early next year.

The selected plan will then be developed into a final development plan, which will go for public consultation again until it is submitted to the Town Planning Board in the second quarter of 2011.

"Yim has beaten many masters including some Pritzker Prize laureates such as Zaha Hadid, Richard Rogers, Frank Gehry and Daniel Libeskind," the source said.

Sixteen architects made presentations in Hong Kong in February.

Hong Kong-born Yim is a graduate of Hong Kong University and started his own practice in 1979. Over the years, Yim and his company have won numerous awards including an honorable mention in the WKCD international competition in 2002 whose final winner was Foster.

Yim is also one of the architects behind the Tamar development project. His other local projects include No1 Peking Road, The Peninsula extension, Citibank Plaza and HKU's Graduate House.

His company was appointed by the Hong Kong Jockey Club as executive architect for the conservation and revitalization of the Central Police Station compound project.

His winning works on the mainland include the Museum of Guangdong and Boao Canal Village. As for overseas works, he was one of three co-winners for the Opera de la Bastille International Competition in 1983. It was completed in 1990.

The Standard reported in May that Briton Foster and Dutchman Koolhaas were picked for the WKCD. Foster was the architect of the Hongkong Bank headquarters in Central and the airport at Chek Lap Kok. He won the WKCD masterplan competition in 2002, which featured a massive and controversial canopy.

Koolhaas, a professor at Harvard University, was behind the CCTV Tower in Beijing.
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Bonnie Chen

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority will announce on Monday that heavyweight architects Rocco Yim Sen-kee, Norman Foster and Rem Koolhaas now lead the way in setting the look of the project at the heart of the harborside.

The three will be formally named as consultants on the conceptual plan for the SAR's cultural and artistic hub - a selection revealed by The Standard.

Consultation committee chairman Stephen Cheung Yan- leung said yesterday the three will take part in all five public forums on the overall look, ambience, facilities, programs and activities.

Art groups and others will be talk about specifics of the 15 cultural facilities at 50 small meetings, looking at seating needs, acoustics and style of the Xiqu center.

Asked whether the appointment of Foster - who with a giant canopy won a design competition for the complex in 2002 - would be controversial, Cheung said it was good to have someone familiar with the project.

"It is also good to have some fresh ideas," he added.

The consultants will reflect community expectations in their conceptual plans, and a winner will be chosen early next year.

The selected plan will then be developed into a final blueprint, which will go for public consultation again before it is submitted to the Town Planning Board in the second quarter of 2011.

Meanwhile, following the surprise resignation of Angus Cheng Siu-chuen last month, the authority is now looking for a new chief executive.
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Sixth board meeting of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority
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The following is issued on behalf of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority:

The sixth meeting of the Board of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority will be held at the Government Secretariat on Monday (July 20) at 3pm.

The first session of the meeting on the preparatory work for the Stage 1 Public Engagement Exercise will be open to the public through live webcast.

Members of the public are welcome to visit the website of the Authority (www.wkcdauthority.hk) to watch the live webcast at 3pm on July 20. They may also review the webcast by accessing the archive of the webcast on the website later on the same day.

The agenda and papers of the open session of the sixth board meeting will be uploaded to the authority's website this evening (July 17).
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Sixth board meeting of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority
Monday, July 20, 2009
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The following is issued on behalf of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority:

The Board of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (the Authority) held its sixth meeting today (July 20). The Board agreed that the Stage 1 Public Engagement Exercise, which would last for three months, would commence at the end of September 2009.

The Chairman of the Board, Mr Henry Tang, said: "Chairman of the Consultation Panel of the Authority, Professor Stephen Cheung, has briefed members at today's Board meeting on the Consultation Panel's discussions on the preparatory work for the Stage 1 Public Engagement Exercise. The invaluable insight of the Consultation Panel, which comprises members from different sectors, has helped develop a sound public engagement plan."

Mr Tang continued: "The Board announced the appointment of three Conceptual Plan Consultants and the Project Consultant this morning. Members of the Board and the six committees of the Authority also attended the Consultation Panel meeting, which was open to the public, to meet with the newly appointed consultants. The Board attaches great importance to communication with its committees and the Consultation Panel, and is committed to enhancing the transparency of the WKCD project in order to keep the public abreast of the project's latest developments."

The relevant presentation material on the introduction given by the four consultants on their profiles, relevant experience and aspirations for the WKCD at the Consultation Panel meeting has been uploaded onto the Authority’s website (www.wkcdauthority.hk).

After the Board has listened to the Consultation Panel's report on the Stage 1 Public Engagement Exercise, the Authority will fine-tune the consultation document. After the material has been approved by the Consultation Panel and the Board, the public engagement exercise will start in end-September.

Mr Tang said: "Starting from end-September, we will organise public consultation activities and a host of small-group meetings. As the development of the WKCD has far-reaching impact on our future generation, the first public consultation activity will target university and secondary school students. Our engagement targets will also include senior citizens, persons with disabilities and ethnic minority groups so as to deepen the reach of our engagement efforts."

Mr Tang added: "The content and positioning of the arts and cultural programmes to be initiated by the Authority will be determined by the arts and cultural experts to be appointed by the Authority. During the public engagement period, we will collect views from the public and stakeholders on audience building and programme planning. These views will be duly taken into account by the arts and cultural experts once they have arrived. These views will also help us prepare the development plan."

During the meeting the Board also heard the reports of its committees.

The Remuneration Committee agreed at its previous meeting to engage head hunters to assist in the open recruitment of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Executive Directors of the functional departments (including Museum Policy and Management Services, Performing Arts Policy and Management Services, Project Delivery, Marketing, Communication and Programming, Finance and Human Resources), General Counsel and Internal Auditor. The Authority is in the process of inviting bids for the head hunters, and it is expected to be completed before the end of this month. Recruitment will commence next month. It is anticipated that the CEO and other top-tier staff of the Authority will report for duty by the end of this year.

Also, the Performing Arts Committee and the Museum Committee have held meetings to discuss matters related to arts and cultural activities and programmes, which they will plan and organise on and off the WKCD site with a view to establishing a connection between the WKCD and the community as well as to nurturing and building audiences. They have also established sub-groups to work out proposed programmes and activities and make recommendations to the respective committee. It is expected that such activities could gradually commence towards the end of this year.
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Well Foster is no surprise, HK gov't loves him.
Rem Koolhas/OMA would be cool. HK needs something futuristic.
The other local firm is quite boring but they know what the local wants.
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Well Foster is no surprise, HK gov't loves him.
Rem Koolhas/OMA would be cool. HK needs something futuristic.
The other local firm is quite boring but they know what the local wants.
Too bad Foster's design will not come back even though he was brought back!
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Too bad Foster's design will not come back even though he was brought back!
yeah i really like that giant rooftop design, too bad the government is way too conservative. they prefer everything simple, boring and cheap, take a look at ifc & icc and you'll know what i mean.
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Designers fine but bureaucracy is a worry, observers say
21 July 2009
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The architects chosen for the West Kowloon Cultural District are fine - it's the bureaucracy that is creating worries, observers say. "The architects are all world-renowned people and we have confidence in them. What we're concerned with is there are things beyond their control," said Helen Leung Hay-lin, of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects' task force on the district.

Transport planning showed little sign of breakthrough thinking, she said, after recent meetings with the authority and officers from the Transport and Highways departments.

"Highways and roads will continue to surround the site, subways will be added, but few prominent" ground-level links would be made to connect Jordan, Kowloon Park and Tsim Sha Tsui, she said. "We should not just focus on the shopping mall Elements."

Government should slow down planning for the surrounding areas and wait for the designers, said Paul Zimmerman, a member of the Harbour-front Enhancement Committee, which monitors waterfront projects. He also pointed to the option of combining the best aspects of the three designs into one after a public consultation.

Ko Tin-lung, artistic director of the Chung Ying Theatre Company, said he was not surprised by the selection of a star-studded line-up to build the arts hub, but asked why talents of equally high calibre had yet to be found in developing "cultural software".

"It appears to the public that the authority has put more resources into the buildings, which can be built efficiently in Hong Kong. But talent grooming is not like that," Ko said.

Art critic John Batten said he had no problems with any of the architects selected but neither the government nor the authority had answered some fundamental questions on the concept of the arts hub and how it would fit into the existing environment. "There have been lots of good suggestions but the government still doesn't want to make a decision," he said.
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The district will integrate commercial and residential development into the arts, cultural and leisure facilities. This integrated approach will ensure more visitors and bring benefits to all the sectors involved.
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Yeh but how are they going to effectively connect this separated piece of land with the rest of the society? Why would you go to the tip of the WKCD if you're not trying to get into a museum/concert anyway?

I'm hoping that it wouldn't be another Cultural Centre (pre-star avenue)
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