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Roundtable Discussion No. 2 - When Science and Planning Come Together

  • HKIP Unit No. 201, 2/F, Prosperity Millennia Plaza, 663 King's Road,. North Point, Hong Kong (map)

Education and Training Committee
Roundtable Discussion No. 2 : When Science and Planning Come Together
6:45 to 8:00pm, Wednesday, 15 January 2014, HKIP Offices
Send in your registration on or before Monday 13 January, 2014
The Roundtable Series is a discussion forum amongst HKIP members, to share experiences and knowledge in relation to a topic relevant to practicing planners in Hong Kong. It is a forum
where active participation by those present is essential, either by offering views and opinions, or by questioning the views of others present. Sharing of ideas from those in different employment
situations will bring a better understanding of how issues are seen from different points of view. Knowledgeable outsiders may be invited to attend to facilitate discussion.
Roundtable No. 2 will focus on a real life situation involving HKIP members in promoting significant environmental improvements to our CBD. It will show how air quality analysis, traffic planning and assessments, and urban design analysis can be used to present a better overall urban environment. Procedural problems will be raised and suggestions on how to overcome these would be welcome.
The project (pedestrianization proposal) was initially developed by the HKIP in 2003 and has recently been revisited by some of the old group and many new people, at the invitation of the Environment Bureau.
The subjects will be introduced by representatives of City University, Civic Exchange, MVA and our own Yong Planners Group. The session will be facilitated by Ian Brownlee.
The discussion will cover a wide range of points and issues including:
• Identification of problems – physical, subjective, qualitative scientific and procedural;
• Selection of significant factors in taking a proposal forward;
• Creating a vision that can be broadly understood;
• Breaking standard stereotypes;
• Advancing science involvement in urban design and improvement;
• Grabbing a unique opportunity in the development of the city before it is lost;
• How to break a bureaucratic log-jam.