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Clean Air Network, Designing Hong Kong, Friends of the Earth (HK) and The Conservancy Association have submitted a section 12A application to the Town Planning Board, to rezone Des Voeux Road Central (DVRC) from “road” to “Pedestrian Area and Environmentally Friendly Transport System”
The West Island MTR line has recently opened, and the Central-Wanchai Bypass and the MTR’s South Island Line and Sha Tin to Central railway will also be opened soon. These provide the opportunity to re-arrange traffic, address congestion, and reduce roadside noise and air pollution in Central. The proposal includes a strip along the centre of the DVRC for environmentally friendly transport – including tram and electric buses. The north-south roads that cross DVRC including Rumsey Street, Wing Wo Street, Jubilee Street, Pottinger Street and Pedder Street will remain open so that traffic can connect between Queen’s Road Central and Connaught Road Central.
The deadline of submitting public comments to Town Planning Board is 16th Oct. ACT NOW!
(21 September 2015, Hong Kong) — An Initiative of environmental, public space and urban planning groups was unveiled today at a press conference held at the Asia Society to campaign for a pedestrianized green artery along Des Voeux Road Central (DVRC).
The “Des Voeux Road Central Initiative” is a collaboration between Clean Air Network, Designing Hong Kong, Friends of the Earth (HK) and Hong Kong Public Space Initiative, supported by various professional groups, commercial and real estate sectors, and public think tanks as follows:
Clean Air Network
Designing Hong Kong
Friends of the Earth (HK)
Hong Kong Public Space Initiative
ADM Capital Fund
China Real Estate Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong Chapter
Lan Kwai Fong Group
Nan Fung Group
Sai Wan Concern Group
The Conservancy Association
The Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects
The Hong Kong Institute of Planners
The DVRC Initiative will work on the following areas:
- DVRC Design Studios – The Hong Kong University and Columbia University will collaborate to generate visions of how the DVRC Initiative could transform Hong Kong Central.
- DVRC Friends – A program to raise funds, and to sign up supporters, sponsors, collaborators and friends.
- DVRC on Sunday – A program to extend the temporary traffic management scheme (closure) of Chater Road to Western Market on Sundays and Public Holidays.
- DVRC Research – A program of collaborative studies into traffic management, traffic aid and streetscape design, and future street management.
- DVRC Office – A resource center for liaison among stakeholders, government and community.
For Hong Kong to live up to its reputation as Asia’s World City, the Initiative believes it is imperative for DVRC to transform into a pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare. To include innovative urban design that showcases Hong Kong’s vibrant cultural landscape and urban DNA. The Initiative calls for city-wide support from the general public, community groups, the business sector and professional institutions to address major pollution and environmental problems in Central.
A collaboration between the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) of the Columbia University echoes the call. Students of both studios will work out urban design models based on the context of the DVRC. The models will be exhibited during the Business of Design Week in December 2015, the 2015 Urbanism\Architecture Bi-City Biennale and as a tram installation touring along the tram line of DVRC and Hong Kong Island.
The Initiative will also host public engagement activities, including walking tours, workshops, and pop-up events, which aim to raise the bar for the transformation of public spaces in Hong Kong’s central business district and encourage the public to experience DVRC in a different light.
The Initiative supports the current “tram and pedestrian precinct” proposal, built upon an earlier scheme put forward by HKIP in 2000, which pointed out that improvements planned in transport infrastructure could significantly better Central’s environmental quality by 2014. The completion of the MTR extension to Kennedy Town and the reorganization of bus routes in the area present a unique opportunity to restructure Central.
The public can also show their support for the Initiative by making donations for the campaign or joining the mailing list to get regular updates about latest initiatives.
To find out more about the Des Voeux Road Central Initiative please visit www.dvrc.hk
The University of Hong Kong and Columbia University collaboration is made possible in part through the generous support of Tim Dattels and Kristine Johnson.