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Planning for a Liveable High-density City

Liveability concerns elements of a city that contribute to the quality of life and well-being of its people. The compact high-density development model has made Hong Kong a highly convenient, efficient, vibrant and diverse place with extensive green and blue spaces. Yet, there are various side effects. How can we enhance liveability in a high-density setting?

How could we improve our liveability in the high-density city context of Hong Kong by promoting the eight city characters?

Comparative Liveability Matrix

Compact City

"We will continue underscoring a compact transit-oriented development pattern that is sustainable, efficient and cost-effective"

We Propose

  • Underscoring compact development with railway as the backbone, complemented by other modes of public transport and good pedestrian and cycling networks

Future Outlook of Kwun Tong Town Centre
Kwun Tong Town Centre (Before)
Future Outlook of Kwun Tong Town Centre
  • Retrofitting the densely developed urban areas and achieving an optimal density in new development areas
Future Outlook of Hung Shui Kiu New Development Area

Future Outlook of Hung Shui Kiu New Development Area
  • Fostering functional and vibrant urban spaces through compatible land use mix and responsive urban design concepts
Hung Shui Kiu (Before)

Integrated City

"An integrated city with good connectivity and convenient access to facilities could reduce travel needs and lessen impacts on the environment"
The Conceptual Framework of Accessibility

We Propose

  • Planning for a physically and functionally integrated city with easy access to workplaces, businesses, public amenities and nature
  • Fostering a low-carbon first or last-mile trip to mass transit and a walkable and bicycle-friendly city

Unique, Diverse & Vibrant City

"To celebrate diversity and vibrancy is in essence to celebrate the uniqueness, identity and sense of place of Hong Kong"

We Propose

  • Enhancing our unique city character including natural assets, urban-rural-countryside-nature continuum, tangible & intangible heritage and city icons
  • Promoting a sense of place and genuine choices of lifestyles, leisure pursuits and accommodation

Healthy City

"We need a physical city environment that is conducive to healthy and active lives"

We Propose

  • Further incorporating urban climatic and air ventilation considerations in planning and urban design

Leveraging Green and Blue Assets

"Hong Kong is well endowed with green and blue assets which should be enhanced for a quality living environment"
Conceptual Spatial Framework for Green and Blue Space Planning

We Propose

  • Enriching existing green and blue assets through better access and facilities
  • Reinventing the "green and blue asset system" networks by integrating green and blue space planning and providing eco-corridors
  • Developing and implementing an urban forestry strategy
  • Cultivating community green networks (e.g. promoting communal green spaces)
  • Promoting a sustainable built environment (e.g. promoting green and blue infrastructure and exploring the possibility of introducing a "green index")

Reinventing the Public Space and Enhancing the Public Facilities

"The public space is an extension of our personal space and therefore should be functional, welcoming and shared by all"

We Propose

  • Reinventing public space (e.g. public parks and streets) in terms of functions, quality, design, accessibility, provision and management, etc.
  • Improving or redeveloping substandard public facilities (e.g. substandard schools), enhancing the space provision (e.g. kindergarten) and catering for changing demographic (e.g. neighbourhood elderly care facilities)

Rejuvenating the Urban Fabric

"Many parts of the dense urban core are in need of rejuventation, which will be a challenging task"
Private Housing Units Aged 70 or Above By 2046 (By District Councils)

We Propose

  • Expediting the maintenance and rejuvenation of dilapidated urban areas concentrated in the densely built urban core
  • Boosting building management and maintenance initiatives
  • Facilitating redevelopment, rehabilitation, revitalization and preservation initiatives while respecting the neighbourhood characteristics and bonding neighbourhoods

Inclusive and Supportive City

"The built environment has to take care of needs of all ages. An inclusive plan is a plan to be shared"

We Propose

  • Promoting an age-friendly environment for "active ageing", "ageing in place" and "inter-generational support" (e.g. adequate elderly facilities, public space within easy reach, and universal design in residential flats)
  • Planning for a supportive environment to nurture the youth (e.g. training and development facilities and premises to nurture young entrepreneurship)
  • Providing a supportive environment for families (e.g. childcare facilities at convenient locations)
  • Addressing housing needs of all ages by providing wider and appropriate housing choices.
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