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Des Voeux Road Central: "Let's Play in the Tak Festival"

Dear Members, 

As part of the HKIP’s initiative to pedestrianize Des Voeux Road Central, a series of public engagement activities would be rolled out from late Feb to Mar 2016, as the "玩德節Let's Play in the Tak Festival", which would be hosted by Clean Air Network and Hong Kong Public Space Initiative.   Let’s play in the Tak (the first Chinese name of "Des Voeux Road Central"), aims to re-connect the community to the street! HKIP members and friends are welcome to join and support the fun street activities. 

During the 玩德節 "Play in the Tak" festival, the street will be transformed into an experimental playground, where you are invited to play Jenga around the street corner, join a real-live gaming/walking tour on sidewalk, and discover the hidden gems in alleys and lanes to start an interesting conversation with strangers. 

For more details:
Join us for the following events this weekend at the 玩德節 Let's Play in the Tak Festival:

1) Game on! @ Des Voeux Road Central


Presented by Clean Air Network and Walk in Hong Kong, an exciting, interactive and inspirational gaming/walking tour is rolled out on Des Voeux Road Central. 

Date: 27th February, 2016 (Saturday)
Time: 10 am – 12.30 am (2.5 hours)
Fee: Free
Language: Chinese
No. of Participants: 16 pax
Register at:
(Deadline: 25th February, 2016)

2) Pop Up Giant Toy Workshop @ Des Voeux Road Central


Part of Des Voeux Road Central, near Western Market, will be turned into a pop-up playground where one can play with others with the human-scale Jenga and Solitaire! A little grassland will also emerge on the street where you can enjoy some reading and people-watching time. 

Date: 28th February, 2016 (Sunday)
Time: 2-5 pm
Fee: Free
No registration is required. Come whenever you want!

3) Breathing Life into the Public Realm – a DVRC exhibition at UABB


Date: Now to 28th February, 2016 (Sunday)

Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (UABB) is being held at Kowloon Park & Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre from now to 28 FEB 2016. The DVRC Initiative is taking part in the exhibition with exhibit titled as “Breathing Life into the Public Realm: A Proposal to Pedestrianize Des Voeux Road Central”. 

The exhibition aims to raise public awareness on going beyond existing technocratic approach of planning, through the proposal of rezoning Central from a congested urban area with poor air quality, to a catalytic public space, in the form of pedestrian and tram precinct. University of Hong Kong and Columbia University GSAPP Studio-X has given great assistance to our involvement in this exhibition.

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4) Extended Events: Children’s Workshop 'Urban Landscapes'


Following the theme of the exhibition, students from HKU led by Dr Eric Schuldenfrei and Jeffrey Johnson will work with schoolchildren to create an idealized urban landscape out of moss and other living plants.

Date: 28 February 2016 (Sun)
Time: 2-4pm
Venue: Activity Room, Heritage Discovery Centre, Kowloon Park
Presented by University of Hong Kong, Columbia University GSAPP Studio-X, DVRC Initiative
Enquiry: please call the Biennale Secretariat at 2805 7335

5) Seminar: 'Design and Technocracy: Rethinking Public Space in Hong Kong through Des Voeux Road Central' 


Urban design and planning in Hong Kong are highly technocratic, driven in a large part by regulatory, bureaucratic and economic imperatives. Taking a current proposal to pedestrianise Des Voeux Road Central as a case study, this panel will discuss alternative approaches that might bring greater emphasis to quality of life, experience and innovation in the design of Hong Kong's public spaces.

Date: 28 February 2016 (Sun)
Time: 4-6pm
Venue: Lecture Hall, Heritage Discovery Centre, Kowloon Park
Presented by University of Hong Kong, Columbia University GSAPP Studio-X, DVRC Initiative
Enquiry: please call the Biennale Secretariat at 2805 733