In collaboration with community organizations, professional institutes and universities, Walk DVRC engages different stakeholders to join the project to make DVRC walkable again. We have organized various activities, showing the public our vision and creating a platform for exchanging thoughts and opinions, to promote this project from bottom to top.
Feb: Seminar: ‘Design and Technocracy: Rethinking Public Space in Hong Kong through Des Voeux Road Central’ // Extended Events: Children’s Workshop ‘Urban Landscapes’ // Play in the Tak // Pop Up Giant Toy Workshop @ Des Voeux Road Central // Game on! @Des Voeux Road Central
Dec 2015 – 28 Feb 2016 Breathing Life into the Public Realm – a DVRC exhibition at UABB
Very DVRC Walk Our Imaginations
A Green Boulevard in Central – WHY NOT?
VERY DVRC is a trial closures – successfully demonstrate that it can be done. It addressed to the issues by creatively transforming the current traffic thoroughfare into an innovative urban artery for Hong Kong that opens possibilities for a new kind of catalytic public space, even just for one day.
On that day, Des Voeux Road Central was closed from Man Wa Lane to Morrison Street. Art & craft, parents, green, sports, cultural activities are organized by over 40 collaborators including individuals and groups who shared the “Open Street” movement, togethered to give a picture of pedestrianized DVRC for the public. The event is organized by Walk DVRC, Clean Air Network, Hong Kong Public Space Initiative and curated by Very Hong Kong.
(Date: 25 Sep 2016)
Village of Victoria 2 : Children’s City Planning Practice for Pedestrianisation in Central
City planning by kids, why not? Led by 20 town planners, 100 families including parents and children built a transformed Des Voeux Road Central on 3rd July in Central Harbourfront.
The event was co-organized by the Walk DVRC, Hapischool, Hong Kong Public Space Initiative, Clean Air Network.
Des Voeux Road Central Grand Prix 2016
Office chairs raced to push for a more walkable Des Voeux Road Central under a hot and burning sun at noon. On the walkway which turned into the racetrack, racers contested to finish the lap between Pedder Street and Central Market by overcoming different obstacles on the street.
Representing office workers in Central, the chairs pointed out the difficulties pedestrians ever find on DVRC during the race: the overcrowded pavement, heavy roadside pollution and lack of green shade and frequent conflicts between vehicles and pedestrians.
To effectively improve the safety problems and provide a clean city environment for pedestrians, short-term measures such as widening the sidewalk are welcome. Moreover, the crucial step to achieving the vision will be the transformation of DVRC into a pedestrian and tram zone.
(Date and Time: 20 June, 2016)
Urban Dialogues: Reconfiguring Hong Kong’s Central District
The past few years have seen a growing number of public debates over the future development of Hong Kong’s Central District, including the pedestrianization of major roads and conservation of buildings and sites with historical significance. This symposium brought together professionals, academics and members of the general public to discuss the past, present and future of the Central District and envision ways for building a more sustainable and livable city.
(Date: March 24 2016)
“Reimagining Des Voeux Road Central” Exhibition
Co-organized by DVRC Initiative, Clean Air Network, University of Hong Kong and Columbia University GSAPP Studio-X, the exhibition aimed to spark the public’s imagination about how DVRC can be transformed into a pedestrianized, green thoroughfare—and one of Hong Kong’s great public spaces—in the CBD of Central.
(Date: 15 to 28 March 2016)
Seminar: ‘Design and Technocracy: Rethinking Public Space in Hong Kong through Des Voeux Road Central’
Urban design and planning in Hong Kong are highly technocratic, driven in a large part by regulatory, bureaucratic and economic imperatives. Taking a current proposal to pedestrianise Des Voeux Road Central as a case study, this panel presented by University of Hong Kong, Columbia University GSAPP Studio-X, DVRC Initiative, discussed alternative approaches that might bring greater emphasis to quality of life, experience and innovation in the design of Hong Kong’s public spaces.
(Date: 28 February 2016)
Extended Events: Children’s Workshop ‘Urban Landscapes’
Following the theme of the exhibition, students from HKU led by Dr Eric Schuldenfrei and Jeffrey Johnson worked with schoolchildren to create an idealized urban landscape out of moss and other living plants. The workshop was presented by University of Hong Kong, Columbia University GSAPP Studio-X, DVRC Initiative.
(Date: 28 February 2016)
Play in the Tak
Play in the Tak (the first Character of “Des Voeux Road Central” in its Chinese name) re-connected everyone on the street! Busy traffic is not the only characteristic that defines Des Voeux Road Central. Rather, people-oriented street space is what the essence of living comes from.
During the “Play in the Tak” festival, presented by Des Voeux Road Central Initiative, the street transformed into an experimental playground, where participants were invited to play Jenga around the street corner, join a real-live gaming/walking tour on sidewalk, and discover the hidden gems in alleys and lanes to start an interesting conversation with strangers.
(Date: Late February – Late March 2016)
Pop Up Giant Toy Workshop @ Des Voeux Road Central
Part of Des Voeux Road Central, near Western Market, turned into a pop-up playground where one could play with others with the human-scale Jenga and Solitaire! A little grassland also emerged on the street where people could enjoy some reading and people-watching time.
(Date: 28 February 2016)
Game on! @Des Voeux Road Central
Have you thought about a walking street can serve as a perfect game setting? Presented by Clean Air Network and Walk in Hong Kong, an exciting, interactive and inspirational gaming/walking tour was rolled out on Des Voeux Road Central.
In the event, participants strolled, observed and listened to the anecdotes related to the Des Voeux Road Central, immersing in the present and the past of this street enriched with stories and histories. We role-played as different stakeholders and take different perspectives to explore the numerous possibilities of the street.
(Date: 27 February, 2016)
Breathing Life into the Public Realm – a DVRC exhibition at UABB
Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (UABB) was held at Kowloon Park & Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre in FEB 2016. The DVRC Initiative was taking part in the exhibition with exhibit titled as “Breathing Life into the Public Realm: A Proposal to Pedestrianize Des Voeux Road Central”.
The exhibition aimed to raise public awareness on going beyond existing technocratic approach of planning, through the proposal of rezoning Central from a congested urban area with poor air quality, to a catalytic public space, in the form of pedestrian and tram precinct. University of Hong Kong and Columbia University GSAPP Studio-X had given great assistance to our involvement in this exhibition.
(Date: Dec 2015 to 28 February 2016)