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Event On : June 28, 2022

A Hong Kong Conundrum – Are There Alternatives to Public and Private Housing?

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Date(s) - June 28, 2022
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Dear Members

Please join us for this online webinar when we will discuss one of the most pressing issues in Hong Kong – Housing. As the average waiting time for affordable public housing has edged beyond six years, unscrupulous landlords in the private sector divide and sub-divide units into tiny, barely habitable nano-flats. Are there ways to mitigate or overcome our housing conundrum? Would transitional housing be a good alternative to break the dichotomy between public and private housing?

On 28th June, we are excited to welcome Dr. Rosman Wai, Prof. K.K. Ling and Ms. Queenie Kwok, who will share their valuable insights on the challenge of providing affordable housing for all Hong Kong citizens from a historical perspective, as well as considering recent research and the implementation of social support services.


Date: June 28, 2022 (Tuesday)
Time: 7.30 – 9.00 PM
Venue: Online webinar via Zoom
CES Credit: 1.5 LUs/HSW
Fee: Gratis

What We Learned

1. How HK public housing has developed along the history and played an essential role in creating a safe and healthy environment for the citizens.
2. How transitional housing acts as a social innovation that fosters a paradigm shift – not only for physical accommodation, but also encourages social interaction of the tenants and the community.
3. How transitional housing can improve the physical and emotional well-being of the tenants through providing short-term relief in housing expense, security and living quality.
4. How the application of modular integrated construction technology in transitional housing project could be beneficial for NGO and enhance the design flexibility and cost-effectiveness.

The Speakers

Dr. Rosman Wai

Rosman Wai is a practicing architect who has expert knowledge of public housing in Hong Kong. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Real Estate and Construction, Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong. She is also the current Chair of the Canberra Accord on Architectural Education (2021-23), an international organisation for determining substantial equivalency between the countries whose accreditation/validation agencies have signed the Accord. Rosman was the Vice President of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (2015-16) and a Founding Council Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Architectural Conservationists (2010-2014).

Prof. K.K. Ling

K. K. Ling is a professional town planner. He was the Director of Planning for the HKSAR Government and President of the Hong Kong Institute of Planners. He is now the Director of the Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He also serves the community as Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Housing Society, Director of the Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited and Chairman of its Entrepreneurship Committee, and as the Chairman of the Country and Marine Parks Board. K.K. is also an Adjunct Professor at both the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Professor of Practice (Planning) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Ms. Queenie Kwok

Queenie Kwok is the Project Manager (Modular Social Housing Project) of Policy Research and Advocacy of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS), a federation of non-government social service agencies established in 1947 with the aim of planning and coordinating large-scale relief works and social welfare. The Council is now working on three modular social housing projects including the Nam Cheong Street, the Yen Chow Street and the Yip Shing Street Projects. Through provision of transitional accommodation and support services, the Council aims to improve the quality of life for those who have waited at least three years for public rental housing and currently live in sub-standard and/or subdivided rental units.

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