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Old September 26th, 2005, 05:40 PM   #141
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Three left in cultural district race

11 November 2004
Hong Kong Standard

There are now three finalists for the HK$40 billion West Kowloon cultural district development, Chief Secretary for Administration Donald Tsang said, with property giant Swire Properties and one other bidder rejected.

Tsang said public consultations on the project will begin in mid-December, a month earlier than the initial timetable.

Swire's development proposal, radical compared with the other contenders' plans, was rejected together with that from a mystery contender by the name of Lam Sze-tat.

The three finalists are Henderson Land Development, Dynamic Star, a joint bid by Cheung Kong (Holdings) and Sun Hung Kai Properties, and Sunny Development, a consortium led by Sino Land.

The successful bidder will be granted 30 years' sole rights to develop the 40-hectare waterfront at the southern tip of the West Kowloon reclamation into a ``world-class cultural district'', with about 40 per cent of the site devoted to arts and culture, 33 per cent for commercial and residential and the remainder for public space and utilities.

Swire's proposal featured a ``cultural harbour'' instead of a cultural district and did not meet basic requirements set out in the invitation for proposals, Tsang said. Swire also dropped a huge canopy from its design, a mandatory feature, according to the government.

Swire said the public should see all five submissions so they could compare different developers' approaches.

Model of the three finalists' proposals will be displayed at the Hong Kong Science Museum for six weeks.
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Old October 1st, 2005, 05:51 AM   #142
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Tung 'did not meddle in museum idea'
2004/11/12
South China Morning Post

Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa has not exerted influence on plans for an ink-painting museum to be set up by his sister at the West Kowloon cultural district, a spokesman for his office said last night.

The South China Morning Post reported yesterday that Alice King, a younger sister of Mr Tung and vice-chairwoman of the Ink Society, said she had spoken to her brother about the idea, but stressed there was nothing untoward in the process. All three groups shortlisted for the West Kowloon project have included the museum in their plans.

The spokesman said the project was still at the assessment stage and a six-week public consultation exercise would begin in mid-December.

"The proposals are being assessed by a team of senior professional civil servants in accordance with the criteria set out in the invitation for proposals.

"The entire process is observed by the ICAC [Independent Commission Against Corruption]. The chief executive does not interfere in the process," the spokesman said in a statement.

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Old October 6th, 2005, 03:40 AM   #143
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Fiscal fine print for arts plan will be kept under wraps
Gary Cheung
12 November 2004
South China Morning Post

Financial details of the three shortlisted proposals for developing the West Kowloon cultural district will not be disclosed during the public consultation.

The decision had been taken to avoid weakening the government's bargaining power, a senior planning official said yesterday.

Deputy Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands Au King-chi said the decision not to disclose the relevant information before the start of negotiations with the bidders had been made to protect public interests.

"If a bidder learns the offer of other consortiums, it may not put forward a more attractive offer to the government during the negotiation process, or a private deal could be reached among themselves," Ms Au said on the RTHK phone-in programme Talkabout.

She said the three shortlisted bidders would be asked to display their design models for the arts hub and detail how they would operate the cultural facilities.

Several callers said the arts hub project would end up as a housing development because residential projects accounted for the lion's share of the total floor area in the proposals.

The overall plot ratio - representing a project's developed area compared to its site area - proposed by the three shortlisted bidders ranges from 2.5 times to 4.3 times, surpassing the 1.81 set by the government.

Sun Hung Kai Properties executive director Alfred So Chung-keung said yesterday the public should not focus on how much floor area was set aside for residential and cultural facilities. Sun Hung Kai's joint proposal is one of the three shortlisted bids.

"What is crucial is how to get more financial resources with creative ideas to fund the arts and cultural facilities," he said.
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Old October 7th, 2005, 07:26 PM   #144
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Huge panel may vet cultural designs - 800-strong body planned to examine the shortlisted proposals for West Kowloon
Chloe Lai
12 November 2004
South China Morning Post

A group of community activists is planning to form an 800-strong panel to assess the three bids shortlisted for the West Kowloon cultural project.

The People's Forum on West Kowloon, a coalition of at least 14 non-governmental organisations, said the committee would include planners, accountants, architects, engineers and artists.

It announced the plan yesterday and appealed for public support, saying the size of the panel could be expanded if it received an enthusiastic response from the public.

Group spokesman Leung Man-tao said: "We don't mind if the panel turns out to be more representative than the 800-member Election Committee responsible for selecting the chief executive."

The group also questioned the government's methodology and sincerity in listening to public views during the consultation process.

"Before the shortlist announcement was made, the government said the consultation would start next year and last for six months, and now it will only last for six weeks," Mr Leung said. "We want to know why they suddenly changed the plan."

He also asked how people could make an informed decision on the cultural project merely by looking at models and artists' impressions presented by the developers.

The government will display the three shortlisted bids at the Science Museum in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Mr Leung said: "We believe [that with] a project of such unprecedented scale and nature, the entire selection and implementation process must be transparent and with high-level public participation."

Members of the forum include the Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture, the People's Council for Sustainable Development, multimedia production company Zuni Icosahedron, Civil Act-up, SynergyNet and the University of Hong Kong's Cultural Research Centre.

They plan to hold a public forum on November 27 during which an 80-member focus group will be set up.

This group will work out next month how to expand itself into an 800-member panel.

The group will be responsible for the panel's composition, and will invite the entire legislature, all district council chairmen and vice-chairmen, professionals, international and mainland experts to join the panel.

Chief Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen told Legco on Wednesday that three of five proposals had been shortlisted for further assessment and public consultation, which starts in the middle of next month.

The three shortlisted bidders are Dynamic Star International, a Cheung Kong (Holdings) and Sun Hung Kai Properties joint venture; Sunny Development, a consortium formed between Sino Land, Wharf (Holdings) and Chinese Estates Holdings; and World City Culture Park, a subsidiary of Henderson Land Development.
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Old October 21st, 2005, 10:38 AM   #149
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W. Kowloon project row deepens
Dennis Chong
12 November 2004
Hong Kong Standard

The row over the massive West Kowloon project deepened yesterday after an alliance of 11 local cultural and academic organisations vowed to launch their own public consultation.

The alliance claimed the project would be a flop because the public could not participate fully as the consultation period was too short. It added it would use public pressure to force the government to suspend work on the proposal until a comprehensive blueprint for the city's cultural development is set out.

Chief Secretary for Administration Donald Tsang announced on Wednesday the three finalists in the race for the sole development rights for the 40 hectares of land earmarked to be a "world-class" cultural district. The shortlisted bidders are Henderson Land Development; a joint bid by Cheung Kong (Holdings) and Sun Hung Kai Properties called Dynamic Star; and Sunny Development, a consortium led by Sino Land.

According to Tsang, a six-week public consultation process, during which details of the three proposals will be publicly displayed at the Hong Kong Science Museum, will start in mid-December.

A tentative agreement is estimated to be signed with the winning developer by the middle of next year.

However, the alliance said the consultation period was shorter than the six months promised earlier by the government.

"This [West Kowloon project] is claimed to be the world's biggest cultural project that will determine Hong Kong's [cultural] development for [several] decades. And it is going to be built by a single developer. Then you think about six weeks. You will know if it's enough," Leung Man-tao, spokesman of the alliance who is also a member of local arts group Ngau Pang Sue Yuen, said.

The alliance would, according to Leung, set up a civic panel with a membership of not less than 800, to discuss the future of Hong Kong's cultural development.

He said the panel would comprise many sectors of the community, including all legislators, chairmen and vice-chairmen of the 18 district councils, artists, architects, other professionals and ordinary citizens.

"They will be a group of well-informed participants who will decide what Hong Kong has and what Hong Kong needs," he said.

"If each district has 800 participants, I don't think the government will ignore the voice," Ma Ka-fai, a professor at City University and a member of the alliance, said.

Ada Wong, chairwoman of the Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture, said the West Kowloon project would not be able to cater to the local cultural sector because no research had been done.

She warned that the district might suffer from a lack of visitors because the government rushed through the development without setting out a blueprint to develop the arts in Hong Kong. "If people do not go to see an opera now, why do you think they will do so in eight years?" she asked.

"If the developers are sincere in helping the cultural sector, they should reveal their financial arrangements and tell us they are not making any money out of it," Danny Yung, artistic director of another arts group, Zuni Icosahedron, said.

"They should also tell us how much money they will contribute to arts and cultural development from the pool they earn [from the project]," he added.

Sceptics have raised concerns that the multi-billion-dollar project would turn into a property development as three of the bidders were property giants. When announcing the shortlist, Tsang refused to reveal the financial arrangements involved.

Alfred So, executive director of Sun Hung Kai, said the development would not focus on property.
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HK 'is best place for ink museum'
Tung's sister says family ties had no bearing on plan

Chloe Lai
13 November 2004
South China Morning Post

Family ties had no bearing on the government's support for an ink museum, Tung Chee-hwa's sister, Alice King, insisted yesterday.

Mrs King said the idea to have such a museum was first recommended by the now-defunct Culture and Heritage Commission.

She said Hong Kong was in the best position to host such a project.

On Thursday, she said: "Of course I talked [with my brother], otherwise nothing would have happened."

The Chief Executive's Office said on Wednesday Mr Tung had not exerted his influence on plans to have an ink-painting museum included in the West Kowloon cultural district.

A leading figure in the world of avant-garde Chinese painting, Mrs King said the city had an edge over the rest of the world on collecting contemporary Chinese paintings.

Mrs King is the vice-chairwoman of the non-profit Ink Society, which was set up to push for a museum.

"The recommendation for an ink museum comes as a result of a three-year study on the long-term policies on culture in Hong Kong," she said.

"I am glad I have played a small part in promoting the idea through the establishment of the Ink Society for the purpose of fostering a greater understanding and appreciation of modern and contemporary art that is based on and inspired by this tradition."

Mrs King reiterated that it was important to have a unique museum with its own collection.

"We have a sound museum system and well-trained professionals. What we need now is to establish indigenous art collections for our museums," she said.

She said it would be quite easy for the museum to attract donations or long-term artwork loans. "Visitors will come to Hong Kong for a unique museum," she said.
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What it will have to offer
14 November 2004
South China Morning Post

Under the West Kowloon plan, the successful bidder will manage the site for 30 years. Using Lord Foster's canopy concept as the baseline, the government stipulated the following facilities be included:
A theatre complex comprising three theatres with at least 2,000, 800 and 400 seats respectively.
A performance venue with at least 10,000 seats;
Four museums with an area of 75,000 square metres;
An art exhibition centre with an area of at least 10,000 square metres;
An amphitheatre; and
At least four piazzas.

OTHER SPECIFICATIONS:
Renovating the Tsim Sha Tsui fire station complex.
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Mainland support for cultural hub
Beijing official discusses exchanges that could help West Kowloon development
Carrie Chan
15 November 2004
South China Morning Post

Mainland museums and cultural institutions would be encouraged to support the West Kowloon project, the minister of culture said yesterday.

Sun Jiazheng , who arrived in Hong Kong yesterday for tomorrow's Asia Cultural Co-operation Forum 2004, also said the mainland could benefit from the management and marketing experience of Hong Kong and Macau.

Mr Sun is leading a delegation of cultural policy officials from more than 20 provinces to Hong Kong.

Apart from meeting local officials and arts groups yesterday, the delegation will also have a closed-door meeting with officials from eight Asian countries on regional cultural co-operation today.

Mr Sun said he had kept track of the development of the West Kowloon cultural hub. "Mainland museums and cultural institutions would support this project, another symbol of Chinese culture," he said.

Mr Sun said the mainland was just as willing to invest heavily in cultural facilities.

"Some of the projects [implemented] include the National Museum and the National Grand Theatre in Beijing. About 9 billion yuan has been spent [on these facilities] since 1998," he said.

Mr Sun said their approach was to be market-oriented and encourage private investment in cultural facilities.

The mainland would also step up its cultural promotion worldwide through programmes such as the Year of China in France.

"Foreigners have often equalised Hong Kong culture with Chinese culture because they learnt it through Hong Kong cinema. We have to let foreigners know what Chinese people are thinking," he said.

The chairman of the Arts Development Council, Darwin Chen Tat-man, said he had discussed the West Kowloon project with Mr Sun, adding that more exhibitions on Chinese culture could lure mainland tourists to Hong Kong.

"Now, a lot of mainland artists want to exhibit in Hong Kong but they have to wait two to three years because our facilities are limited. More Chinese shows can also offer night entertainment for tourists."

He also suggested that a Hong Kong Cultural Week be organised at least once a year in a mainland city. The event, which showcases local arts and culture, was first held in Shanghai earlier this year.

The three-day Asia Cultural Co-operation Forum at the Academy for Performing Arts is being organised by the Home Affairs Bureau for the second year. The goal is to encourage cultural exchanges among Asian countries.
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Well, I support it too....just hope it will be done during my lifetime period.
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So have they chosen which proposal they're going to use? I heard they were going with Sir Norman Foster's? Can anyone confirm this?
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So have they chosen which proposal they're going to use? I heard they were going with Sir Norman Foster's? Can anyone confirm this?
Foster won an international competition with his canopy design, but who will build it and whether it is feasible to build it are still up in the air.
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Culture zone plan 'helps developers'
Sylvia Hui
15 November 2004
Hong Kong Standard

Representatives from the cultural, architectural and surveying sectors have unanimously slammed the West Kowloon Cultural District mega-project as a thinly disguised property scheme.

A host of other protests concerning the participation of the local arts community, the transparency of the assessment process and the government's unwillingness to listen to the public were also raised in Sunday's CityForum.

"We must ensure that arts and culture are the project focus. A balance [between property development and culture] is most essential," Institute of Surveyors chairman Tony Tse said.

"Although the government's given plot ratio of 1.8 times is just a guide, adjustments made by developers mustn't be too outrageous."

The plot ratio defines the total floor area of buildings permitted to be erected on a site. All three finalists shortlisted for the HK$40 billion, 40-hectare project proposed ratios far exceeding the government recommendation of 1.8 times. While Henderson Land Development proposed a ratio of 2.5 times, Dynamic Star International _ a consortium between Sun Hung Kai Properties and Cheung Kong Holdings _ proposed a plot ratio of 3.28 times.

Sunny Development, a consortium led by Sino Land, proposed a 4.3 ratio.

"This is blatantly a property project," said Vincent Ng, chairman of the planning and lands committee of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects.

"A cultural project should be led by those in the culture scene. It should not have a developer for a boss for 30 years," he said, referring to the government's decision to let a single successful bidder run the site for three decades.

Au King-chi, deputy secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands, defended the decision. "Having a sole developer means unity in design," she said.

Meanwhile, cultural commentator and theatre director Mathias Woo attacked the government for its unwillingness to listen to the cultural community. While Au said more than 15 professional teams would take part in the assessment process, Woo countered that they are all civil servants and questioned their cultural expertise.

"We have said we need a large performance venue seating 30,000 to 50,000 for large-scale events, but the government has requirements for just a 10,000-seat venue," Woo said.
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Genuine consultation needed on culture hub
16 November 2004
South China Morning Post

Three very different but equally ambitious visions of a new icon for Hong Kong are to be found in the shortlisted bids for the West Kowloon cultural district. Soon, the public will be asked to make its views known.

The plans put forward by the competing consortiums include such distinctive features as a "forest of arches", a huge fountain and a big urban park. There will also be the obligatory cultural spaces - museums, theatres, piazzas and an art exhibition centre - all housed under various versions of Lord Foster's vast glass canopy.

World-renowned institutions such as the Guggenheim Museum and the Pompidou Centre have expressed interest. And mainland cultural authorities are backing the project. Finally, it might be thought, the urban miracle described by one official is about to be achieved.

But the project has, at least so far, attracted more scepticism than enthusiasm from the community. This reaction is not unusual, nor is it restricted to Hong Kong. It is the way in which people often respond to big, glamorous and hugely expensive development projects of the kind favoured by governments around the world. The Sydney Opera House would never have been built if public opinion at the time had been the decisive factor.

There are, however, special circumstances that apply in the case of Hong Kong. The problem, put simply, is that the people lack trust in the government. Rightly or wrongly, it is widely perceived to be in cahoots with powerful business interests - and to care little about what the public really thinks.

In the case of West Kowloon, this has led to deep suspicion that the project is primarily intended to benefit one or two favoured property developers and that the public consultation will be nothing more than a sham.

The government has only itself to blame for this position. It is the result of past mistakes - including the handling of Harbour Fest, Cyberport and the Article 23 consultation. Only by learning from these mistakes and ensuring that the decision-making process for West Kowloon is scrupulously fair and transparent will the government have any chance of winning broad public support for the project.

The history of the development has not helped. Most of the important decisions have already been made - without public input. These include the basic requirements for the project and the highly controversial decision to place it in the hands of a single developer for 30 years.

Steps have also been taken to allow the project to bypass the scrutiny of the Town Planning Board when amendments are made to the master plan. This has only added to suspicion that the government is lining up a sweetheart deal.

The prime waterfront site's huge potential for residential and commercial development makes it a must-win project for big developers. All three bids seek to increase the government's preferred plot ratio - creating more room for the lucrative non-cultural developments. So fears that, just like Cyberport, this will end up being predominantly a property project are understandable.

It is therefore essential that the consultation is thorough - and genuine. But the allotted six weeks, over the Christmas period, provides little time. Financial details of the bids should form part of the consultation, as should the developers' plans for managing the arts venues. It should be much more than what is already being described as a mere "beauty contest" between different designs.

Hong Kong would benefit from a world-class cultural district. It could fuel our community's creative energies, as well as playing host to talent - and treasures - from overseas. The dream should be pursued. But if the government is to win public support, it has a lot of convincing to do.

First and foremost, it must persuade the Hong Kong people that this project is primarily about promoting culture - not pandering to property developers.
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Independence vow given on cultural hub
West Kowloon contender says arts amenities would be run by 11-member board

Chloe Lai
17 November 2004
South China Morning Post

A contender for the West Kowloon cultural hub pledged yesterday that if it won, the arts and cultural facilities would be run by an 11-member board, independent from property developers.

Directors of Sunny Development, the consortium formed by Sino Land, Wharf (Holdings) and Chinese Estates Holdings, insisted they would not intervene in the board's management or the performances and exhibitions staged at the proposed cultural complex.

At the first press conference on its bid for the massive project, the consortium gave it the name "Parc" (the Park of Arts, Recreation and Culture).

Sunny is the first of the three short-listed bidders to disclose details of how the arts and cultural facilities would be managed. Its bid has the highest development density, and is the only one that provides no breakdown on the commercial spaces.

Sunny executives urged the public to focus on the quantity and quality of the arts and cultural facilities it would provide.

Also shortlisted to make bids for West Kowloon are Dynamic Star International - a joint venture of Cheung Kong (Holdings) and Sun Hung Kai Properties - and World City Cultural Park, a subsidiary of Henderson Land.

The Tung administration wants to turn a 40-hectare plot of reclaimed land near Kowloon station into a cultural hub. The winning consortium will run the site for 30 years.

Under Sunny's proposal, the Parc development and every individual museum would be managed by bodies established by government ordinance, with independent boards of trustees.

Sunny Yeung Kwong, a Wharf representative, said no employees from the developers would be appointed to the board of governors for overall cultural facilities.

Sino Land executive director Yu Wai-wai said: "We provide more than what the government requires." He said the arrangement ensured the sustainable development of "Parc" 30 years on, when it has to be handed back to the government.

Sunny would build a 25-hectare park at the site. Its development would provide free office space and studios to 12 local arts companies. In addition to the government's requirements, it would build a 1,750-seat concert hall and a world-class recital hall plus two extra outdoor theatres. There would be a museum studies institute and a performing arts-focused secondary school.

Meanwhile, Guggenheim Foundation director Thomas Krens estimates a museum with 3 million visitors a year would come very close to breaking even, and might even make a profit.

On his first visit to Hong Kong since the foundation announced its partnership with Dynamic Star in the bidding, he said it was possible for museums to generate profit. "World-class programmes are going to bring visitors. I don't think local programmes alone can do it as we need to create a destination so people from all over the Asia and the world will come to Hong Kong."
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5,000 luxury flats for cultural hub
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17 November 2004
Hong Kong Standard

The West Kowloon Cultural District will include 5,000 luxury residential flats if Sunny Development, a consortium between Sino Land, Wharf (Holdings) and Chinese Estates Holdings, wins the HK$40 billion project.

According to the consortium's proposal, unveiled in detail for the first time on Tuesday, the proportion of arts facilities to non-arts facilities will be 1:2.9 as against the government's requirement of 1:2.1.

Sunny Development's plan has been criticised for having the highest plot ratio of the three finalists competing for 30 years' sole development rights for the 40-hectare cultural project, earmarked to become Asia's cultural hub.

The other two are Henderson Land and Dynamic Star International, a consortium between Sun Hung Kai Properties and Cheung Kong (Holdings).

The nine residential blocks planned by Sunny Development, built on more than 820,000 square metres of land, would be 20-60 storeys high.

Sino Group executive director Yu Wai-wai defended Sunny Development's large allocation of residential development. "The high proportion assigned to residential development is to ensure sustainable development and healthy financial support for running the arts facilities," he said.

He believed there would be sufficient funds to run the arts and cultural facilities for 30 years. Feasibility studies have been conducted to ensure the project's financial sustainability, Yu added, although financial details could not be disclosed, in accordance with the government's requirements.

Besides flats, the district would house 138,000 square metres of office space, 127,000 square metres of luxury hotel and conference space, and four shopping malls.

The commercial aspects are balanced by the proposal's emphasis on arts facilities and green spaces, Yu said.

"We have the highest number of arts facilities [out of the three contenders], exceeding the government requirements."

Arts and cultural facilities would stretch along the entire waterfront and all commercial interests would be pushed back to less valuable land, according to architect Andrew Bromberg of the architectural firm Aedas, which is leading the master plan design.

The proposal boasts five museums, including a Museum of Ink and a Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. There will be six performance venues, including a performance arena seating 10,000, and a performing arts-focused secondary school.

Six open piazzas are proposed, compared with the four required by the government.

All arts and cultural facilities would be independently operated, Yu stressed.

They would be managed under an independent foundation consisting of 11 representatives from government and community arts organisations.

Also, according to the plan, West Kowloon will be home to 25 hectares of green space and be "Hong Kong's answer to Hyde Park".

"Our proposal is unique because it will be a park in the true sense," Bromberg said. The "park in the sky", so called because it is elevated to rooftops, will be linked to Kowloon Park and become almost double the size of all Hong Kong's existing parks.

Covering 58 per cent of the area will be a HK$6 billion canopy, the requisite iconic feature in the Lord Norman Foster-designed conceptual plan.

Bromberg said instead of a single sheet, the canopy would consist of about 100 smaller pieces, inspired by fish scales, supported by tree-like structures.

Models of the Sunny Development proposal, as well as those of its two competitors, will be displayed for public consultation at the Hong Kong Science Museum in Tsim Sha Tsui for six weeks starting from mid-December.
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A touch of the global Guggenheim
18 November 2004
South China Morning Post

Lisa Dennison, the chief curator and deputy director of the Guggenheim Museum, New York, will be in Hong Kong tomorrow to give a talk entitled "The Global Guggenheim", thanks to efforts from the Asia Art Archive and the Art School of the Hong Kong Art Centre.

Seven more speakers, all senior Guggenheim staff are scheduled to visit over a six-month period, including the director of the Guggenheim Bilbao.

Hong Kong will be the first Asian home of the Guggenheim Museum, if a joint venture between Cheung Kong (Holdings) and Sun Hung Kai Properties wins the bid to develop the West Kowloon Cultural District.

Art enthusiasts are excited to have such a high-profile connoisseur helping raise artistic awareness and to teach at the Art School. The one-hour seminar will be held at Bloomberg, 27/F Cheung Kong Center, 2 Queen's Road and starts at 6.30pm. Tickets are $100 each, ($50 for students) and proceeds go to the Asia Art Archive.
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