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Seminar - One Piazza for Every Transport Node

  • HKIP Office Unit 201, 2/F, Prosperity Millennia Plaza, 663 King’s Road, North Point, Hong Kong (map)

About the Seminar: 

The Seminar is about a study of public space near transport nodes in Hong Kong, which aims at defining its quality, identifying their users and activities, and imagining possible improvements for important community's assets. The study targets are transport nodes (MTR stations, ferry piers, bus termini). Transport nodes are the cores of the city, where everyday many commuters goes in and out,  many inhabitants live and/or work on top of them and work nearby within a convenient walkable distance. Transport nodes are on the daily life routes of most of the Hong Kong inhabitants.

Our vision is to identify spaces (public space or private owned public space) and where to generate spaces for the commuters and the community. Our concept is the piazza, taking reference to the European public squares, where normally it is possible to find important building and city functions (like municipality, church, post office), commercial functions (like butcher, bakery, bars, coffee shops), but where it is possible to find, not just commercial functions, but also social and community spaces and facility, a place where people can meet, gather, play, exercise, and socialize. Extracting from its physical shape the "soul of the piazza", the challenge of this project is to apply it to Hong Kong. Why near transport nodes? Because the existing public space in Hong Kong is not well connected to the daily life dynamics of the inhabitants, our target is to locate those spaces on the daily routes of the people, in this way it would be possible to attract and stimulate people to spend time in the public space.


About the Speaker:

Massimiliano Dappero holds a Civil and environmental Engineering from the University of Genoa and Master of Arts in Urban Planning from Domus Academy Milan (with Distinction). He is a designer with over 7 years’ experience in urbanism, architecture, user experience and service. He has recently founded UrbanHacK, a research platform which investigates about urban spaces (public/private, outdoor/indoor) and its users. UrbanHacK approach is based on the user/space interaction. UrbanHacK is the result of several years of studies, research, observations and international exposure.


Date: 7 December 2015 (Monday)
Time: 6:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Language: English
Venue: HKIP Office (Unit 201, 2/F, Prosperity Millennia Plaza, 663 King’s Road, North Point, Hong Kong)
Registration deadline: 4 December 2015 (Friday) 


*The seminar is free of charge. The seminar is equivalent to 1.5 CPD hours


For registration, please send a reply email to HKIP ( stating your Full Name, Membership Number, Contact Number and Email, or by returning the reply slip attached to HKIP office (Fax: (852) 2915 7616). Participation to the event is on first-come-first-served basis. 

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