AIA Hong Kong


Event On : April 7, 2022

Connectivity and Placemaking in the Greater Bay Area

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Date(s) - April 7, 2022
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


AIA Hong Kong is excited to announce its 25th Anniversary Symposium: Connectivity and Placemaking in the Greater Bay Area (GBA). Jointly organized with AECOM, the symposium will include webinars and events to provoke thought and provide insight into the urban planning and development of the GBA.

Over the past several years, the significance of the GBA to the international and local design industries has grown steadily. Inter-city collaboration and cross-border cooperation have been essential to the success of joint developments and infrastructure upgrades – with high-levels of coordination between multiple cities in the GBA. From a three-hour travel outer ring to an inner one-hour living zone, these initiatives have improved livability and helped to facilitate inter-city mobility of people, goods and information.

As the most open and international city in the GBA, Hong Kong is well-known as a financial, transportation, trade and aviation hub. With the completion of projects such as the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and the High Speed Rail, how can we continue to play a key role in the design and planning of this dynamic region, as well as in China’s development blueprint?

To assist China in their goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060, what are the key issues that designers and planners need to take into consideration to create an adaptable, scalable and hybrid environment of people, resources and nature?

Beginning with our first webinar on April 7, we will invite notable scholars, planners, architects, engineers and landscape architects to engage in conversations on how Hong Kong can connect with other GBA cities through infrastructure planning. Topics will include:

• Overview of current GBA policy and planning
• Regional connectivity and airport development
• Infrastructure challenges and urban design

What we learned from this webinar:

1. Greater Bay Area is on track to compete against Silicon Valley and the Bay Area. Each of the 11 cities will have their distinctive characters and functions to the area.
2. GBA is growing in a high speed and planners have to be careful with scale to not overlook the humanistic needs.
3. The Pearl River Delta is changing to become a complete high-tech regional supply system with a mixed market orientation. HK shall engage in this industrial revolution 4.0 on IT R&D development. Northern Metropolis is set in this context of engage HK and SZ as twin cities.

About the Speakers

Prof. Anthony G.O. Yeh, FHKIP FRTPI FPIA FRICS FCILT FBCS, is a Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Hong Kong Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of TWAS (The World Academy of Sciences) and the Academy of Social Sciences (UK). He is the Chan To Hann Professor in Urban Planning and Design; Chair Professor of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, and Director of the GIS Research Centre. His main areas of specialisation are urban planning and development in Hong Kong and China, and the applications of geographic information systems (GIS) for the planning and management of smart cities. Professor Yeh received the UN-HABITAT Lecture Award in 2008 for his outstanding and sustained contributions to research, thinking and practice in the field of human settlements. He has been carrying out research on the development of the Pearl River Delta since the 1980s.

Kelvin Law is a Vice President of AECOM. He is a registered professional planner with more than 28 years of experience undertaking and managing development consultancy projects, strategic planning and feasibility studies for tourism, railway-related property, housing, business and institutional uses in Hong Kong. He also has a managerial role in strategic development plans, master planning studies and urban design projects in mainland China for both public and private clients.

Oren Tatcher, AIA HKIUD, is the Principal of OTC Limited, a Hong Kong-based firm specializing in the planning and design of airports, transportation terminals and urban mobility systems. After receiving his Master of Architecture from Harvard University in 1995, he joined Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), working first in New York and, from 2003, in Hong Kong and Shanghai, where he served as the urban design studio head. Since founding OTC in 2007, he has worked on airports, railway stations, marine transport terminals, intermodal stations, and urban mobility systems around the world. Recent projects include new airport terminals in Hong Kong, Taipei, Shenzhen and Basel, Switzerland; prototypes and designs for next-generation transport hubs in Singapore; new train stations and intermodal interchanges for the new Maya Train project in Mexico; a bus terminus improvement project in Hong Kong; and a large carpark in a mixed-use development in Bangkok.

Philip Wong is the Macau Office Leader and Greater Bay Area Taskforce Leader of Arup. Philip is experienced in managing large scale multi-disciplinary infrastructure projects throughout the region, including Macau and its adjacent markets. Philip has more than 25 years’ experience with Arup in the design, construction and management of highway, rail, aviation, reclamation, integrated planning, energy and general civil engineering projects. His recent GBA experience includes the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, the Light Rail Macau-Hengqin extension line and Macau’s Urban Masterplan 2020-2040.

About the Moderator

Dr. Sujata S. Govada, AICP HKIP HKIUD Assoc AIA, is an award-winning urban designer, planner and architect with more than 35 years of experience on a diverse range of projects in Hong Kong, the US, the Philippines, India and beyond. She is the CEO and Managing Director of UDP International, a design and planning practice that has been based in Hong Kong since 1994, with representative offices in San Francisco and Hyderabad, India. Over the years, UDP International has won 16 major planning and design awards for projects such as the Central Harbourfront Master Plan, the Graham Street Urban Regeneration Alternate Proposal, the Hong Kong Harbourfront Connectivity Study, the Clark Green City Master Plan in the Philippines, and the Naya Dharavi and ASF IT Master Plans in India. Recent projects include the ADB Metro Rail Project in Bengaluru City, Urban Design and Architectural Guidelines for Amaravati, Smart Cultural Precinct @ Central, and the Kai Tak Sports Park in Hong Kong.

UDP International is Innovative by Design, leveraging award-winning, sustainable design and planning with a collaborative place-making approach focused on People, Place and Planet.

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