Building Hong Kong: Environmental Considerations by Wong Wah Sang

By Wong Wah Sang

Within the 1999 coverage handle by way of Hong Kong's leader government, Mr Tung Chee-hwa, one significant goal indexed is 'Making Hong Kong a terrific domestic . . . each citizen, each company, each executive division and bureau have to commence operating in partnership to accomplish what's referred to as ''sustainable development''.' This e-book goals to motivate an ecological method of layout and making plans in an attempt 'to construct Hong Kong right into a world-class city'. The ebook is split into 4 elements which specialize in a variety of facets of environmental issues in structure. the 1st half discusses huge problems with environmental making plans and sustainability. the second one half covers environmental thoughts in architectural layout. The 3rd half offers with environmental components and explores how they are often addressed. The final half information the appropriate environmental laws in Hong Kong. This e-book is meant as either a reference for execs in addition to a textbook for collage scholars.

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These comprise the Statue Square Corridor, the Civic Corridor, the Arts and Entertainment Corridor and the Waterfront Promenade. These will form distinctive components of the New Central Waterfront and will each imbue an individual identity and function which will enhance visual interest and variety. Proposal for wetland restoration, International Wetland Park and Visitor Centre, on the northern edge of Tin Shui Wai. The masterplan is divided into salt water and fresh water wetlands. The fresh water wetland will include a lake and fresh water marsh, wet woodland, reed bed, habitat for painted snipe, egretry, and small ponds for amphibians and dragonflies.

It involves the integration of economic, environmental and community interests in order to implement tangible projects that achieve the objectives of'Agenda 21', which followed the 'Earth Summit' in Rio under the auspices of the United Nations in 1992. The Hong Kong government is currently carrying out a study called 'Sustainable Development for the 21st Century'. The intention of this is to provide a basis for an improved system of corporate decision-making on how best to achieve the primary goal of creating a sustainable, urban-based way of living.

The tall building itself represents both an essential component and a major determinant of urban design, reflecting both high land values and development pressures. This, in theory, should have two advantages for sustainability: first, the economics of scale this represents for the provision of infrastructure, public transport, housing and jobs; and second, the advantages that high urban densities should embody to assist with the ecological conservation of rural environments. While most Western cities have congested cores with large low-density suburbs adjacent to regional and national highway networks, around 50°/o of Hong Kong's urban population has simply been decanted to new towns, and their citizens housed within easy commuting distance of the urban area.

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