NEWS: Ageing in the Hong Kong Urban Environment - An Experiential Workshop Held Successfully
"Ageing in the Hong Kong Urban Environment - An Experiential Workshop" successfully held last Saturday 17 March 2018! As a major pre-conference event for the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design (HKIUD) International Conference, 2018 on the subject of "Actions For Active Ageing - Urban Design For All", the workshop was jointly organised by HKIUD, P&T Group and Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council (SKHWC).
The workshop received support from approximately 40 invited participants, including Ms. Linn Hon Ho Bernadette, JP (Permanent Secretary for Development (Planning & Lands)), Mr. Tony Tse (Member of the Legislative Council for Architectural, Surveying, Planning and Landscape), Mrs. Sylvia Lam (Director of Architectural Services Department), Mr. Raymond Lee, JP ( Director of Planning Department), Ms. Alice Wan (Member of the Board of Directors, Southern District Healthy & Safe Association Limited) and Mrs. Susanne Wong, JP (District Officer of Central and Western).
In the morning section, participants geared up with the elderly simulation suit, which consists of several specially designed impediments such as weights, braces, elastic band restraints and a pair of blurry eyeglasses, which allows participants to feel how the aged bend their bodies and grasp the physical experiences of an elderly person. With the assistance of volunteers, participants were engaged in a number of typical outdoor daily life elderly activities in Western District, for example, visiting Western District Elderly Community Centre, trying out the community facilities and fitness equipment for the elderly in a park, and eventually experiencing different real-life hardships faced by the elderly.
(Picture 1 - 2) (Left) Ms. Linn Hon Ho Bernadette, JP (Permanent Secretary for Development (Planning & Lands)) geared up and said it was hard to walk briskly as usual, the escalator also became faster. She stated that elderly-friendly has become one of the planning principles of the department. (Right) Approximately 40 invited participants attended the workshop.
(Picture 3-6) (Upper left) Mr. Raymond Lee, JP (Director of Planning Department), (Upper right) Mr. Tony Tse (Member of the Legislative Council for Architectural, Surveying, Planning and Landscape), (Lower left & lower right) Mr. LEUNG Ka-wing (Former host of radio phone-in programme & head of Chinese programme service in RTHK's radio division) and Mr. Stephen Tang (President of The Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design) put on the Elderly Simulation Suit which enables users to experience what it feels like to have ageing induced limited mobility.
(Picture 7-8) (Left) Dr Jane Lee (Director of the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council) and Mrs. Susanne Wong (The District Officer (Central and Western)) were concentrating on a sharing from a charitable non-profit organization, Hong Kong Public Space Initiative. Explanations were given on the importance of urban development for the elderly. (Right) Participants also visited Western District Elderly Community Centre, Mr. Robert Wong (Project Development Director, Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council Limited) was sharing their elderly friendly projects.
(Picture 9) “I gained a better understanding of the stress when the aged crossing the road, I could not walk faster but the vehicles were already arriving." a participant said.
The professional forum was held in afternoon, the speakers were all well-respected experts in their own fields, the presenters included:Mrs. Sylvia Lam (Director of Architectural Services Department), Ms. Alice Wan (Member of the Board of Directors, Southern District Healthy & Safe Association Limited), Mr. Robert Wong (Project Development Director, Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council Limited) and Ms. Vivien Mak (Director of P&T). Attending organizations included Transport Department, Planning Department, Architectural Services Department, Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Hong Kong Housing Society, Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council Limited, MTR Corp. Limited, The University of Hong Kong, DUPAD, The Chinese University of Hong Kong & The Hong Kong Polytechnic University etc. , focused on how urban design in Hong Kong can be more inclusive and enable the elderly to stay active, independent and remain healthy longer which is the overall challenge of active ageing.
(Picture 10-11) (Left) Mr. Stephen Tang (President of The Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design) and (Right) Mr. Joel Chan (Workshop Organizing Committee Chair)
(Picture 12-15) (Upper left) Ms. Vivien Mak (Director of P&T GROUP), (Upper Right) Mrs. Sylvia Lam (Director of Architectural Services Department), (Lower left) Mr. Robert Wong (Project Development Director, Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council Limited) and (Lower right) Ms. Alice Wan (Member of the Board of Directors, Southern District Healthy & Safe Association Limited) shared their point of view on urban design and elderly friendly issue.
(Picture 16-19) The professional forum held in afternoon section, approximately 40 invited participants were reflecting how our urban design can be more inclusive and to enable the elderly to stay active and remain healthy.
NEWS: P&T awarded at International Property Awards for innovative projects in Africa and China
With a tradition of pioneering designs that continue to leave their mark around the world, P&T Group has developed a reputation for realising innovative and iconic solutions to managing space and people. At the heart of the P&T ethos is the interaction between architecture and the people who use it, and a belief in structures that can improve quality and sustainability for future generations. This reputation has been further strengthened with two recent wins for the practice at the International Property Awards presented in London, U.K., for pioneering works in Lagos, Nigeria and Foshan, China.
New standards of living in Africa
Set to become an icon of Lagos, Nigeria, Bourdillon No4 was awarded in the category Best Residential High-Rise Architecture, Africa, adding to the increasing international recognition for the yet-to-be-completed building. Bourdillon No4 is an emblem of the African boom, a thoughtful, modern design that will set new standards of high-rise, luxury living in the continent, featuring lush green spaces and resort-like amenities. The property forms part of P&T’s expansive presence on the Belt and Road Region, just one of the practice’s many designs that aims to raise living standards through the re-imagining of urban design.
Located in the heart of Lagos, Bourdillon No4 is set to become an icon of the fast-growing city.
Integrated ecological design for China
In Foshan, in the southern Guangdong Province, P&T’s Canton First Estate was named as the Best Mixed-use Architecture Asia Pacific at the International Property Awards. The large-scale project covers both building and landscape design, encompassing residences, serviced apartments, a golf course, recreation centre and exhibition hall, set among 1,100 acres of stunning green space and an additional 700 acres of natural forest, with a natural lake of nearly 500 acres and a 20-kilometer green path encircling its perimeter. Canton First Estate has been designed with a focus on minimising overall energy and water resources consumption while maintaining an aesthetically pleasing living environment, bringing together green architecture as well as thoughtful ecological engineering and restoration. A truly world-class ecological community, Canton First Estate reflects the increasing Chinese demand for maintaining the original ecology while enhancing the quality of life in the communities.
In Guangzhou, Canton First Estate has reshaped a local park into an ecological community among 140 acres of woodland and lake.
Both projects encapsulate the P&T ethos, each in its own superb way – the pursuit of excellence through high-quality, forward-looking architectural projects.
NEWS: P&T’s travel scholarship takes Hong Kong architecture students to the world
As one of the most established global architecture practices, P&T is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of architects. One of the firm’s most important initiatives for young talent is through its annual Travel Scholarship, which aims to promote better architecture education by sponsoring MArch students in Hong Kong to pursue academic passion projects over their travel in summer holidays. The scholarship allows selected students to travel to a destination of their choosing, to observe life in a different city and understand how different communities interact with their unique natural or built environments. This year, the three students selected to participate in the Travel Scholarship programme were Clarissa Lim (HKU), Cynthia Leung (HKU) and Derrick Leong (CUHK).
A video of students sharing their experience can be viewed at:
Collage of cultures
Cynthia travelled to Morocco to explore what she terms that country’s Collage of Cultures. Her research examined a country with a long history marked by successive waves of settlers and military encroachment, and how influences from diverse cultures have affected Morocco’s architecture. Cynthia went to eight different cities, taking in the rugged mountain ranges, the harsh desert and the expansive coastline of the northern African country, exploring different townscapes and their site-specific architectural clusters, reflective of particular cultural and religious memories that, through architecture, remained frozen in time.
Cynthia Leung travelled to Morocco to explore what she terms that country’s Collage of Cultures.
For her assignment, Clarissa travelled to her native Malaysia. Her paper, #ToSettle examined how migrant communities connect and recreate their own homes in a foreign landscape, with a spotlight on the Chinese community in Malaysia. Through social media, interviews and her own photography, Clarissa explored placemaking for outsiders in established communities. “I moved to Hong Kong when I was really young,” says Lim. “To go back and see the city around me in a different way, from an academic perspective, was really rewarding.”
Clarissa Lim travelled to her native Malaysia to examine how migrant communities connect and recreate their own homes in a foreign landscape
The memory of water infrastructure
Derrick used his scholarship funds to venture to the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal, to examine the architecture of water infrastructure, or, the relationship between people, nature and the built environment. Derrick looked at flood protection measures in the Netherlands, riverbank redevelopment in Barcelona, Madrid and Toledo, and took a historical approach in Portugal to examine water supply and methods of water transportation. For Derrick, the P&T Travel Scholarship will have positive implications for his future studies. “All the buildings I visited will be extremely useful for my later research, because my thesis is on water infrastructure in Europe,” he says.
Derrick Leong used his scholarship funds to venture to the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal, to examine the architecture of water infrastructure.
NEWS: One vision: How architecture is key to developing the Belt and Road region
The One Belt One Road initiative is one of the most significant economic development strategies of our time. The two-pronged model, which comprises of the land-based Silk Road Economic Belt, and the oceangoing 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, connects more than 60 countries across Asia, Europe and Africa, and accounts for 30 percent of global GDP as well as over 30 percent of the world’s merchandise trade. One of Asia’s most prolific architectural practices, P&T operates in over 70 cities with over 2,200 projects in along the Belt and Road region, and has and will continue to positively shape the cities along the world’s most important trading route with a vision of connecting people and places in an increasingly globalised world.
Creating new opportunities
P&T's network along the Belt and Road region has helped create new opportunities while facilitating business expansion in developing nations. The new developments also provide an opportunity for expanding businesses to mark their presence in new locations, establishing elusive brand equity by setting up in an enviable address. Being a multi-disciplinary architectural, urban design and engineering firm, creating modern and inspirational architecture can also activate a citizenry to engage more with their surrounds, helping to cultivate a spirit of creativity and innovation. These intangible elements will become an increasingly salient feature of cities along the Belt and Road region, as the eyes of the world turn to the well-travelled route.
P&T expands its footprint along the region
At the heart of it all, the impact of P&T will be widely felt. In the Middle East and Africa, projects such as the award-winning Bourdillon No4 will set new standards of luxury living in Lagos, Nigeria, which is soon to become the third largest city in the world by population, while the highly sustainable, 70-storey mixed use BurjRafal rises high above the streets of Riyadh, as the Saudi capital’s first ever luxury apartment building.
Bourdillon No4 in Lagos, Nigeria, will set new standards of luxury living in Africa
BurjRafal rises high above the streets of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
P&T has also made its presence felt in the brave new world of the Indian subcontinent. In India, Vasant Lawns brings to the city of Thane its first ever luxury residential development across eight visually striking 22-storey towers.
The design of Vasant Lawns in Mumbai, India, exudes a sense of classic timelessness
Further down in Sri Lanka, the multiple award-winning Achilleion has established itself as a landmark address for Colombo’s high-flyers, two majestic towers overlooking the Indian Ocean with an exclusive sky restaurant topped with a helipad.
Located in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Achilleion overlooks the Indian Ocean
Mixed use developments in Southeast Asia, such as The One Parc Puri, Jakarta and Southern Marina, Kuala Lumpur, also offer people in those cities new possibilities for engaging with their waterfront.
The design of Southern Marina, Kuala Lumpur, is inspired by the geography of South East Asia
AWARDS & RECOGNITION: 2017 Platinum & Gold rating by BEAM Plus
"The proper function of man is to live, not to exist."-- Jack London
The difference between living and existing is about the quality of life.Surrounding by high-rise buildings, Hongkongers' living standards directly related to our architectures.A safer, healthier, more comfortable and more energy-efficient environment is what human-being truly long for.
This year, 3 projects of P&T provisionally achieved the Platinum rating by BEAM Plus, included: The Quayside, T．Park and URA Project Ma Tau Wai Road/ Chun Tin Street, meanwhile, Hong Kong Red Cross Headquarters Run Run Shaw Building achieved Final Gold rating.