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Urban Renewal: What is the Best Approach for Hong Kong?

題目︰市區更新︰怎樣才是香港最合適的做法

Speaker:講者︰
Ms Iris Tam, JP 譚小瑩 市區重建局執行董事(規劃及發展)
Mr Billy CL Lam, SBS, JP 林中麟 前市區重建局行政總監

Time:時間︰

10 April 2008 (Thursday) 四月十日(星期四)

4:15 – 5:00 p.m.

Venue:地點︰

Multi-media Workshop I
Room HC222, Hui Oi Chow Science Building
Department of Geography
The University of Hong Kong

許愛周科學館HC222室 香港大學地理系

Abstract:
Like many other major metropolises in the world, Hong Kong has to grapple with the problem of urban decay and the maintenance of a substantial stock of ageing post-war building stock. In the 1980s and 1990s, the Land Development Corporation (LDC), then the leading urban renewal agent, took a “demolish-and-build” approach which can no longer be sufficient as a solution to urban decay and meet the expectation of the community. The Urban Renewal Authority (URA), established in 2001 to replace LDC, constantly faces the dilemma of whether old buildings should be demolished and re-built, or rehabilitated and preserved. In meeting the aspirations of the community, the URA has in the past six years adopted a holistic approach that accommodates a wider set of objectives. It recognizes redevelopment as not only an essential but increasing social need to bring improvement to the livelihood of less privileged groups. It now advocates a balance by means of rehabilitating and preserving significant historical buildings as well as revitalizing a designated area, through the Action Area Approach and 4Rs Strategy (namely Redevelopment, Rehabilitation, Revitalisation and Reservation). We will discuss the current challenges faced by Hong Kong in dealing with urban renewal and the best approach in taking forward the myriad mission of urban regeneration to create quality and vibrant urban living for the people of Hong Kong. Biography: Ms Iris Tam is currently serving as Executive Director (Planning and Development) of the Urban Renewal Authority. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Town & Country Planning from Sydney University and was the President of the Hong Kong Institute of Planners in the mid-1990s. Mr Billy Lam was Managing Director of the Urban Renewal Authority from 2002 to 2007. A graduate of the University of Hong Kong, he was also an alumni of the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, where he obtained his Master’s Degree in Management Sciences.

Multi-media Workshop I Room HC222, Hui Oi Chow Science Building Department of Geography The University of Hong Kong

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