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THE HONG KONG INSTITUTE OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

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Lpod APRIL 2019

ISSUE 30

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CONTENT OF LPOD ISSUE 30 HKILA UPDATES • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

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HKILA’s Post Box Relocation HKILA 31st Annual General Meeting Professional Practice Examination 2018-2019 Revised JPN No. 3 & PDPN No. 1/2019 Report No. 72 of The Director of Audit: Management of Greening Master Plans Feature - Delighting Your Daily Life Special Thematic Design to Highways Structures Feature - HKSAR’s Participation in 2019 Beijing International Horticultural Exposition - Hong Kong Garden Financial Secretary’s Blog - Urban Forestry Support Fund Financial Secretary Luncheon Talk Report from Land Sub-Committee Joint Institutes’ Dinner Professional Green Building Council Meeting With Sustainable Lantau Office on 27 March 2019 Best Private Slope Maintenance and Landscaping Award

CPD EVENTS AND REPORTS

MEMBERS’ CORNER

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• Highlights of Hong Kong Flower Show 2019 • European Migrant Crisis: The Route of Migration • Robust Streetscape In Thai: Mutual Benefit Between Markets, Community and Culture

NEWS AND ACTIVITIES

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• YLAG Landscape Academic Exhibition • Young Landscape Architects’ Group

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UPCOMING EVENTS • HKILA - Hong Kong Urban Laboratory Joint Seminar: Hong Kong’s Twentieth Century Playscapes and Beyond • Therapeutic Gardens for Hong Kong: Kyoto Study Tour • Save The Date: HKILA Annual Dinner 2019

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• Joint HKIP-HKILA Symposium - Lessons From Mangkhut: Climate Resilient Urban Design And Landscape Planning • The 2nd Conference for the Standardization of Soft Landscape Planting Materials Specification for Guangdong Province, Hong Kong and Macau • Anti-Corruption Laws In Hong Kong • Community Group Visits To The ICAC Building

RECORD AND UPDATE

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• HKILA Record (Feb 2019 – Apr 2019) • Change of Membership and New Members • Call For New Members for CPD Committee & Talents Needed

HKILA'S POST BOX RELOCATION 更改郵箱地址通知 With effect from 1 April 2019, the Institute post box has been moved to:

P.O. Box 90550, Tsim Sha Tsui Post Office, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong The telephone, facsimile numbers and email addresses remain unchanged.

由 2019 年 4 月 1 日 起,香港園境師學會郵箱已遷往以下地址:

香港九龍尖沙咀郵政局郵政信箱 90550 號 本學會的電話號碼、傳真號碼及電郵維持不變。

CONTACT US

852 - 2896 2833

852 - 2896 3938

secretariat@hkila.com

www.hkila.com

P.O. Box 90550, Tsim Sha Tsui Post Office, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong 香港九龍尖沙咀郵政局郵政信箱 90550 號

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HKILA UPDATES

HKILA 31ST ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects (HKILA) 31st Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on 26 April 2019 at World Trade Centre Club, Causeway Bay. The relevant reports can be viewed at HKILA website, www. hkila.com/council.php

The election result is as follow:

ELECTION RESULT OF HKILA OFFICE BEARERS 2019–20 Position

Name

President

Ms. Iris HOI

Vice-President

Mr. LO Shun Cheong (S.C.) (F013)

Vice-President

Ms. Kathy T.K. NG

(F014)

Honorary Secretary

Mr. SO Ho Lung (Bosco)

(M260)

Honorary Treasurer

Mr. Isaac Shui Shan SO

(M176)

Council Member

Mr. WONG Tak Yip

(F028)

(F011)

Mr. CHAN Yuen King Paul (M163) Mr. KUO Chao Ti Charles (M221) HKILA 31st AGM was held on 26 April 2019

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE EXAMINATION 2018-2019 by S.C. LO, Vice-President of HKILA, Chairman of Education Committee and Chairman of LARB

The written and oral exams of PPE 2018-2019 had been conducted on 24 November 2018 and 23 February 2019 respectively.

We are grateful to the BoE, oral examiners, observers, helpers and secretariat for their great efforts in organizing the PPE.

Out of the 28 candidates attended the written exam, 15 were recommended by the Board of Examiners (BoE) to proceed to oral exam, together with the 11 repeaters from previous PPE. Finally, the BoE considered a total of 13 candidates passed the PPE 2018-2019, and have attained the level of knowledge and professionalism required for full Professional Membership of the Institute. The BoE’s recommendation was endorsed by Council on 2 April 2019.

The BoE is chaired by Fellow Member Sandy Duggie, with Chris Chung, Peter Duncan, Siuman Hung, Camay Lam and Jason Teo as members.

Many congratulations to the successful candidates!

Evans Iu, Mark Ng, Paul Chan, Matthew Pryor, Kathy Ng,

We also have the following many dedicated individuals: Oral examiners Vince Kok, Tak Wong, Eric Lam, Lee Ting, Liz Leven, Iris Hoi, John Dainton, Helen Chu Observers Vincent Luk, Stephanie Lai, Eric Wong, Ken Law Helpers Francis Chiu, Isaac Ng, Karen Cheung, Bosco So, Charis Wu, Sunny Chan Secretariat S.C. Lo, Elsie Law

Venue of the oral exam at the Wu Chung House, Wan Chai

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REVISED JPN NO. 3 AND PDPN NO. 1/2019 The Buildings Department, Lands Department, and Planning Department issued the revised Joint Practice Note No. 3 Landscape and Site Coverage of Greenery, and this JPN takes effect from 15 May 2019. Also, Planning Department promulgated Practice Note No.1/2019Processing and Compliance Checking of Landscape Submissions Related to Planning Applications, on 23 April 2019, to supersede PDPN No.1/2004 by updating the requirements

for processing and compliance checking of landscape submissions related to planning applications in response to the revised JPN No. 3. JPN No. 3 - Landscape and Site Coverage of Greenery www.pland.gov.hk/pland_en/tech_doc/joint_pn/jpn03_e.pdf PDPN No.1/2019 - Processing and Compliance Checking of Landscape Submissions Related to Planning Applications www.pland.gov.hk/pland_en/tech_doc/pra_note/pn_1_19.html

REPORT NO. 72 OF THE DIRECTOR OF AUDIT:

MANAGEMENT OF GREENING MASTER PLANS Value for money audit is an examination into the economy, efficiency and effectiveness with which any bureau of the Government Secretariat, department, agency or other public body has discharged its functions. Report No. 72 of the Director of Audit covers a variety of subjects on the administration of government programmes and provision of public services, and Management of Greening Master Plans (GMP) is being discussed in the Chapter 2 of Report No. 72. 03 | Lpod - issue 30

Audit recommendations include ‘Development and implementation of GMP’, ‘Handover and maintenance of greening works under GMP’ and ‘Overseeing and public engagement of GMP’. The Director of Audit’s Report No. 72 on the results of value for money audits is available on the Audit Commission’s website at www.aud.gov.hk.

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FEATURE

DELIGHTING YOUR DAILY LIFE

SPECIAL THEMATIC DESIGN TO HIGHWAYS STRUCTURES by Landscape Division, Highways Department

© TKK Ng

© David Yuen

© YY Ngai

© Jon Binalay

Living in a fast pace and bustling city, we may not have the leisure to appreciate the beauty of nature and other good things around us. It is under such background that the Highways Department (HyD) brings an artistic touch with the theme of “Appreciate . Life . Colours” to some existing highways structures in areas with high pedestrian flow. Inspired by elements found in nature and our daily life, the design resembles delightful scenes such as walking dog in the woods, watching wild birds with family in the countryside, and captivating childhood memory of visiting an aquarium for the first time. All these happy scenes in our memories help to slow down our pace and brighten up our mood.

IMPLEMENTATION A site specific mural design was developed to blend in the originally bulky structures to its surrounding streetscapes with an artistic touch.

“COUNTRY DELIGHT, FANLING” Footbridge at Luen Wo Hui near Luen On Street

The footbridge is located in the busy Luen Wo Hui area of Fanling. The theme “Country Delight” is adopted for the works which make use of large wall surfaces of the ramps and staircases as canvas to bring the renowned natural beauty of the North District’s countryside to the urban hub at Luen Wo Hui.

Captured from video taken by the Information Services Department

Afterwards, the HyD’s professionals from the landscape architectural and engineering disciplines, maintenance contractor and specialist subcontractor worked closely together to identify and overcome constraints and challenges encountered during implementation, arriving at methods of works suitable for specific site conditions. For instance, for subways/footbridges in the Urban Region with the busiest pedestrian traffic, prefabricated weatherproof stickers were used instead of using paint, so as to reduce the time required and give more flexibility to works on site. For locations with more space for manoeuvring, the murals were outlined on site with aid of projectors, followed by meticulous painting works.

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FEATURE dogs were painted on the columns. Some were lying leisurely on the ground while others were chasing butterflies which reminded us of the lively moments of our city. The design also made use of the bridge structure to reinforce the invoked image of a tree-top canopy and high rising branches of huge trees.

Highlight of the design is the mural painting of the famous A Chau at Luk Keng, a small island in Sha Tau Kok Sea, which is one of the major habitats of local egrets. Combining with the autumn leaves of the native Liquidambar formosana (Sweet Gum tree), the magnificent image makes one feel like walking in the middle of the countryside. Another mural painting illustrates an oversized tomato trellis, which reminds us of the fresh and juicy produce of the local organic farms in the North District. Some parts of the art works are extended up to the ceiling to create a feeling of walking into the paintings.

Silhouettes of dogs

“LEISURE IN GREENERY, SHAU KEI WAN” Island Eastern Corridor section near Tung Hei Road There is a unique open space underneath the flyover, which is surrounded by carriageways. As the space is sheltered from rain and the sun, the special thematic design aimed to revitalise and uplift the space so as to attract more people to enjoy the painted scenes. The design was inspired by the natural woodland. Columns of the flyover were pictured as imaginary trees, with butterflies and birds flying around. Near the pet corner of the open space, different images of

Island Eastern Corridor section near Tung Hei Road, Shau Kei Wan

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“FROM LAND TO SEA, SHAM SHUI PO” Subways between Apliu Street and Fuk Wa Street Sham Shui Po is well-known for its compact urban fabric and crowded streets. Now perhaps only a few locals could recall its historical outlook before urbanisation. In fact, the locality of the existing subways was once a coastal area before reclamation. The creative idea of turning these subways into an aquarium setting was inspired by the translucent covers at both ends of these subways. The Chinese meaning of “Sham Shui” is “deep water”. The special thematic design aims to take city dwellers away from their busy daily life and bring in for them an imaginary “sea world”. Under the design theme “From Land to Sea”, changes of the coastal habitats are visualised by different images presented along the subways. The translucent covers feature the coastal mangrove area with the images of black-faced spoonbills or little egrets. While those of green sea turtles or Chinese white dolphins that live in “deeper” waters can be found when one is walking further through the subways. In between the “Mangrove” and “Deep Sea” habitats, wildlife species living in the “intertidal mudflat” such as fiddler crabs and mudskippers can be found.

Before

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“WANDERING IN THE WOODS, MA ON SHAN” Subways connecting MTR Tai Shui Hang and Heng On Stations

• Inspired by the vista of looking up the sky through the feeling of wandering under the shades of trees, which relieves the stress of walking in the confined space of a long subway, and adds a leisurely touch to the busy life.

After

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“BOUNDLESS VISTAS, SAU MAU PING” Footbridge at Hip Wo Street near Hiu Kwong Street • The Chinese name of Sau Mau Ping was formerly called So Mau Ping, meaning a plateau full of long grasses. • The design depicts the subtle change of the natural vistas from the woodland with dense tree canopies to an open view of grassland when walking up from the ground level to the top

Level 4

Level 2 and Level 3

Level 1

OTHER COMPLETED SPECIAL THEMATIC DESIGN WORKS

Subways connecting MTR Tai Shui Hang and Heng On Stations

“Chasing Dreams, Tseung Kwan O” - Subway & retaining wall at Po Shun Road More information on the completed works of special thematic design to highways structures is available from H y D ’s w e b s i t e w w w. h y d . g o v. h k / e n / d i s t r i c t _ a n d _ maintenance/landscape/ beautification_index.html and a video of feature story on this project titled “Adding colour to concrete” as p repared by the Information Services Department on www.news. gov.hk/eng/2018/05/201805 17/20180517_124524_101. html?type=feature

“Colourful Blessings, Yuen Long” Subway connecting LRT Tin Sau Station and Hong Kong Wetland Park

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“Blissful Bauhinia, Tuen Mun” Footbridge near Tuen Lung Street

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HKSAR’S PARTICIPATION IN 2019 BEIJING INTERNATIONAL HORTICULTURAL EXPOSITION

HONG KONG GARDEN

by Architectural Services Department

The 2019 Beijing International Horticultural Exposition (“the Expo”) will be held in Yanqing, Beijing, China. It is one of the major International events in China in 2019 and according to the Organizer’s information, it is expected to attract around 16 million visitors. The main theme of the Expo is “Live Green, Live Better” ( 綠色生活 , 美麗家園 ). The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSAR) will participate in the Expo in the capacity of a Special Administrative Region of the host country. The Hong Kong Garden will be located within the Chinese Garden Exhibition Zone ( 中 華 園 藝 展 示 區 ), an area specifically arranged for gardens built by the 34 participants from different Chinese provinces, cities, and regions. The Expo represents Hong Kong’s participation in major international horticultural events subsequent to the 2014 Qingdao International Horticultural Exposition.

The theme of Hong Kong Garden is the “City of Contrast”. The design of the Garden juxtaposes two contrasting conditions: the representation of a legible urban fabric and hyper dense condition in Hong Kong and a serene agricultural rural environment. The Hong Kong Garden is an experience inviting visitors to unveil the multi-facets of Hong Kong. It reflects the contrasting urban and rural images in the territory, examines the relationship between urban and agricultural rural and explores the aesthetic value of edible landscape. The Hong Kong Garden has 3 major components: the Architectural Pavilion, Artistic Feature Wall and Horticultural Garden.

ARCHITECTURAL PAVILION The steel framed architectural feature expresses the hyperdense urban environment. It creates an architectural visual effect where neon light signage and vertical greenery overlap with each other. The façade facing the Horticultural Garden is in the form of overlapping semi-transparent meshes and symbolizes a transitional urban form that is universal in construction site in Hong Kong. It represents a condition of urban transformation, a process of constant adaptation in our urban environment.

Main entrance of the Hong Kong Garden

Physical model of the Hong Kong Garden

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View from the main deck of the Architectural Pavilion with De Stijl arrangement of neon light signage and vertical greenery

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Night view of the Artistic Feature Wall

HORTICULTURAL GARDEN The horticultural garden features edible and medicinal planting species. The horticultural garden celebrates the aesthetic quality of edible landscape. The linear geometry of the horticultural garden evokes the form of agricultural strips and intends to create a sense of serenity and foster a contrast with the dense Architectural Pavilion. Artistic Feature Wall is a photo-taking point of the Hong Kong Garden

ARTISTIC FEATURE WALL The Artistic Feature Wall is a vertical map revealing the unique urban fabric on the two sides of Victoria Harbour with iconic buildings highlighted. It is an abstract expression of the figure ground to induce visitors’ curiosity to discover Hong Kong with a different angle.

The Architectural Pavilion as the backdrop of Horticultural Garden

Night view of the main entrance

The formal opening of the Expo will be on 29th April 2019 and the event ends on 7th October 2019. Opening hours are from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm. The night view of the Hong Kong Garden is charming, don’t miss it if you are visiting the Expo.

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FINANCIAL SECRETARY'S BLOG

URBAN FORESTRY SUPPORT FUND by The Hon. Paul Chan Mo-po, GBM ,GBS, MH, JP, Financial Secretary

(3) Organise international urban forestry conferences to provide a platform for worldwide specialities, academics and practitioners to exchange and share relevant skills and experiences, in a bid to upgrade the expertise and practice standards of the local industry and further promote the professional development of arboriculture and horticulture.

Have you ever tried growing houseplants? To make them strong and healthy, dedicated care is necessary. The same applies to the trees in our urban area which improve our environment and enhance our cityscape. Indeed, tree management and maintenance is a specialised field of knowledge. And to keep our trees strong and healthy, we need not only the relevant personnel to look after them carefully, but also an enhanced level of interest and knowledge of the general public in this field. The Government completed a manpower study in 2017. Its result showed that there would be a manpower shortage in arboriculture, horticulture and landscape architecture. The shortage is particularly serious for qualified arborists and skilled tree workers. Moreover, the varied competency standards of practitioners have raised concern. I proposed in this year’s Budget to set up a $200 million Urban Forestry Support Fund to encourage young people to join the arboriculture and horticulture industries, to provide them with more trainings, and to establish a professional competency system. The objective is to enhance the knowledge and standards of the practitioners comprehensively thereby ensuring quality tree management. At the same time, we will step up public education and promotion. All these measures will promote better tree care and safeguard public safety. The forthcoming Urban Forestry Support Fund will introduce initiatives in four aspects: (1) Encourage people who have career aspirations in horticulture and arboriculture as well as practitioners to pursue relevant studies by providing subsidies or scholarships. (2) Roll out arboriculture and horticulture trainee programmes to provide more training and internship opportunities as well as subsidies for new recruits. Besides assisting them to accumulate practical experiences, obtain professional qualifications and increase their promotion prospects, the programme will also help employers attract and retain talents systemically, thereby promoting the inheritance and enhancement of the related professional skills. 11 | Lpod - issue 30

(4) Promote community engagement activities to strengthen cross-sector collaboration among the Government, business sector, the community and academia to provide the public with more information on tree planting and maintenance as well as enhance their appreciation for our environment. I do not expect the setting up of the Urban Forestry Support Fund will solve all problems related to trees and greenery, but this is a starting point. Through active promotion by the Government and cross-sector collaboration, we hope to nurture talents, enhance professional standards and promote a healthy and sustainable development for the industries. The front will pave the way for the introduction of a future registration system for tree management personnel and will promote a more liveable environment. Development Bureau will widely consult stakeholders to formulate concrete implementation plans and identify suitable partnerships, such as post-secondary institutions and the Construction Industry Council, to implement the various initiatives. April 7, 2019

Reproduced from Financial Secretary - My Blog www.fso.gov.hk/eng/blog/ blog070419.htm with the permission of the Financial Secretary’s Office

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LUNCHEON TALK BY FINANCIAL SECRETARY

REPORT FROM LAND SUB-COMMITTEE

HKILA Council Members attended the Luncheon Talk by Financial Secretary, held by The Hong Kong Coalition of Professional Services, on 25 March 2019 at The Hong Kong Bankers Club. Financial Secretary delivered speech on summary of The 2019-20 Budget, followed by Q&A session with the floor.

by Camay LAM, Member of the Land Sub-Committee of the Land and Development Advisory Committee The 81st meeting for LSC was held on 29 November 2018. The concern of lengthy procedure and approval process for Tree Removal Application under Practice Note 7/2007 and 7/2007A was raised in the meeting. For detail discussion on the procedure, a working session with Lands Department and the representatives from Practice Committee was held on 13 December 2018. We have conveyed our concerns and suggestions to Lands Department which includes the procedure of Tree Removal Application, Deemed approval streamlined submission, emergency tree felling and Self-certificate of Compliance (SCC). Lands Department is intended to review and update Practice Note 7/2007 & 7/2007A and will take into consideration our concerns and suggestions.

JOINT INSTITUTES’ DINNER President Iris Hoi, Vice President S.C. Lo and Hon. Treasurer Isaac So joined the joint institutes (HKIA, HKIE, HKILA, HKIP, HKIS) dinner on 6 March 2019, during which issues of common interest, such as Lantau Tomorrow, Yuen Long Footbridge, Shatin to Central Link Incident, BIM accreditation, and the development of Greater Bay Area were discussed.

PROFESSIONAL GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL Professional Green Building Council (PGBC) was formed in 2002 by the Founding Members (The Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA), The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE), The Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects (HKILA) and The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS). The Hong Kong Institute of Planners (HKIP) joined the PGBC in 2005. The PGBC is a non-profit making research and education institute to promote a better sustainable built environment through professional involvement. Its objectives are: • to conduct collaborative research and publish research results on local and global developments of green buildings; • to organize researches seminars and training courses in green building design and technology; and • to advise the government on the formulation, setting up and monitoring of a local green building labeling scheme.

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For the term 2019 - 2020, the HKILA is represented by: Ms Kathy NG, Ms Connie CHEUNG and Mr Paul CHAN as directors of PGBC; with Mr WONG Tak Yip and Mr Eric LAM Kam Wai as co-opted members. Officer bearers of PGBC 2019 -2020 are: • • • • •

Ir Allan CHAN (HKIE) – Chairman Mr Joel CHAN (HKIA) – Vice Chairman Sr Kenneth YUN (HKIS) – Vice Chairman Mr Kim CHAN (HKIP) – Honorary Secretary Mr Paul CHAN (HKILA) – Honorary Treasurer Lpod - issue 30 | 12


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MEETING WITH SUSTAINABLE LANTAU OFFICE ON 27 MARCH 2019

by S.C. LO, Vice-President of HKILA

Mr. Michael Wong, Secretary for Development, and the management of Sustainable Lantau Office (SLO) briefed members of the four institutes, i.e. HKIA, HKILA, HKIP, HKIS and Legislative Councilor Mr. Tony Tse on the vision and conceptual planning of the “Lantau Tomorrow” project on 29 March 2019 at LegCo Complex. President Iris Hoi spoke and emphasized the critical approach of balance of conservation and development. Fellow Member Sandy Duggie reminded the need to address climate change. The Council is keen to collect members’ views on this proposed mega project. Members are encouraged to express your views to the Council for forming our collective position on Hong Kong as a livable city.

Group photo taken after the “Lantau Tomorrow” briefing on 27 March 2019

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BEST PRIVATE SLOPE MAINTENANCE AND LANDSCAPING AWARD by Tak Wong, Council Member of HKILA

Immediate Past President of HKILA 2018-19, Mr. Tak Wong represented the Institute as one of the jurors to attend the judging assessment meeting of the captioned Award on 8 April 2019. The Award was organized by the Geotechnical Engineering Office (GEO) of Civil Engineering and Development Department and the Institute was one of the supporting organizations. © CEDD, HKSARG

Judging Panel

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The Award successfully attracted more than 35 entries of different scales and complexity submitted by private slope owners or their management/maintenance agents from various districts in Hong Kong. The prize presentation ceremony of the Award will be arranged together with GEO’s “Safer Living 2.0” opening ceremony in mid June. Official results of the Award and details of the prize presentation ceremony will be announced in due course. The jurors will also be invited as the Guests of Honour for the prize presentation ceremony.

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JOINT HKIP-HKILA SYMPOSIUM LESSONS FROM MANGKHUT:

CLIMATE RESILIENT URBAN DESIGN AND LANDSCAPE PLANNING by Kate LAU, CPD Committee Chairperson HKILA, HKIP and Planning Department co-organised a symposium on 16 February 2019 to review the lessons from Typhoon Mangkhut and the possible responses from planners and landscape architects. We h a v e i n v i t e d P r o f . J o h n N g (Honorary Professor, Department of Urban Planning and Design, HKU) and Ms Kathy Ng (Vice President, HKILA) to share with us in the first session of the symposium on resilience in city and landscape design. The first session provided a macro-scale overview on the impact of climate change in our city and highlighted climate-adaptive planning, passive design approach, and design with nature. Both guest speakers shared case studies on smart city, blue-green infrastructure and sustainable development. Second session of the symposium focused on trees in our urban environment. We have invited Prof. CY Jim (Research Chair Professor of Geography and Environmental Science, EduU) and Mr. Ken So (Chief Executive of the Conservancy Association) to share with us key findings on tree loss due to Typhoon Mangkhut, importance and challenges of urban forestry and key considerations on urban tree species selection.

Panel discussion From left: Mr. Ken So, Ms Kathy Ng, Prof. John Ng, Prof. CY Jim, and moderator Mr. David Au

Snapshots of the symposium

The sessions were followed by a panel discussion moderated by Mr. David Au (Project Director, Hong Kong Countryside Foundation). The symposium was very well received. We had over 170 participants from professional institutes and the members of the public.

Symposium was held successfully on 16 Feb 2019 at City Gallery

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THE 2ND CONFERENCE FOR THE STANDARDIZATION OF SOFT LANDSCAPE PLANTING MATERIALS SPECIFICATION FOR GUANGDONG PROVINCE, HONG KONG AND MACAU by Evans IU, Co-opted Council Member

Following our 1 st Conference held in Shenzhen in Oct. 2018, the 2 nd Conference was successfully held on 23 March 2019 in Hong Kong. The Conference, more appropriate to be call a Workshop, was attended by over 100 delegates from Mainland China, Macao, and Hong Kong. They included some key members of the three organizations : the Guangdong Landscape Architecture & Ecological Landscape Association ( 廣 東 省 風 景 園 林 及 生 態 景 觀 協 會 ), the Association for the Promotion of Landscape and Greening in Macao( 澳 鬥 園 景 綠 化 促 進 會 ), and the Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects; members from our project coordinators including the Association of Landscape Consultants, Asian Habitat Society, Hong Kong Tree Conservation Association, Hong Kong Greening Contractors Association, and delegates from various government works departments, landscape construction business, university academia, and landscape practitioners and developers.

Speech by Mr. S.C. LO (HKILA, VP)

The full day conference was divided into 2 working sessions. The morning session covers speakers from HK, China, Macao, UK, and Australia, sharing their experience in the design, research, and nursery production aspects. Their practices in the selection of plant materials and nursery production standards from various places were shared and presented which give members better understanding and the need for a common agreed standard in nursery production for the HK-GDMacao area. The setting of production standards will also have significant impact on the specifications used and the future production quality of our nursery products. 15 | Lpod - issue 30

2nd Conference was successfully held in Hong Kong

The afternoon session divided participants into two separate workshops with the consultant leading the discussions. The Mr. Leong Kun-fong two workshops (APLGM, Macao) include : one on ‘Trees and Shrubs’ ( 喬 木 及 灌 木 ), and the other on ‘Palms, Bamboo, Ground Covers, and Climbers’ ( 棕 櫚、 竹 類、 地 被 及 藤 木 ) to discuss their basic requirements, quality and standard requirements. In-depth discussions and exchange of views on how to ‘classified’ these plant materials, and ‘categorize’ them into different size specifications were discussed and debated. It was a very useful workshop for participants from various parts of south China to sit down and present their versions of plant material

Mr. Peter Lewis (Birkdale Int. Ltd.)

standards and nursery production

requirements. The Specification Standardization Task Force and the consultant will take forward the views and suggestions received, and will prepare a draft report to seek further comments from different stakeholders. Members are invited to share their expert views and experience when the draft report being circulated for comments in around May/June this year.

Giacomo Guzzon, (Gillespies, Sheffield & Greenwich University)

Prof. Wang Shu-fei (South China Agricultural University)

As a reminder to our members, while Hong Kong is having special privileges in the Great Bay Area development, members should take the opportunity to lead, and set plant material standards and specifications, for nursery production in the Guangdong Province, and raise the quality of our future nursery supplies. Most of the Conference presentation can be viewed at HKILA website www.hkila. com/committee.php#event

Workshop Group Discussion and Mr. Lawrence Cheung, Presenting Workshop Outcome

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ANTI-CORRUPTION LAWS IN HONG KONG by Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC)

In festivals such as the Chinese New Year, it is a common occurrence in the private sector that gifts are presented from suppliers or contractors to landscape architecture firms; and landscape architects are invited to attend festive banquets. This article aims to highlight the points to note in accepting gifts and hospitality during festive seasons.

Legal Definition of Advantage and Entertainment Under the definition of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance (POBO, Cap. 201), “advantage” includes any gift, loan, fee, reward, commission, service and favour etc., except “entertainment” which is defined as the provision of food or drink for consumption on the occasion and any entertainment (e.g. a magic show) provided at the same time. Thus, while gifts presented are “advantage” under POBO, the food, drink and related entertainment provided during banquets are “entertainment”.

Acceptance of Entertainment Although entertainment is not defined as advantage under POBO, a landscape architect accepting lavish or frequent entertainment from suppliers/contractors under his/her supervision may place himself/herself in a position of obligation, hence becomes favourably disposed to the offerors in his/her official dealings (e.g. assessing their tenders, supervising their performance under a contract). Again, a code of conduct or guideline prohibiting acceptance of lavish or excessive entertainment should be in place to avoid abuse.

Corruption Prevention Advisory Service The Corruption Prevention Advisory Service (CPAS) of the Corruption Prevention Department of the ICAC is a dedicated group which provides free, confidential and tailor-made corruption prevention services to private companies upon request, including advising on drawing up code of conduct and operational procedures for landscape architecture firms.

Acceptance of Gifts As long as a landscape architect accepts a gift in the belief that it is given as an inducement to or reward for him/her in doing any act in official capacity, an offence may be committed even if he/she has not eventually done any such act. Furthermore, gifts given to a landscape architect in his/her official capacity, i.e. an employee of a landscape architecture firm, on festive occasions are deemed gifts to the company. The landscape architecture firms are recommended to issue probity guidelines (e.g. by way of a code of conduct for their staff, setting out, amongst others, guidelines and procedures for handling the gifts so received.)

For further information, please contact the CPAS at: Hotline: 2526 6363 Fax: 2522 0505 Email: cpas@cpd.icac.org.hk (The full version of the POBO could be accessed through the Hong Kong e-Legislation at https://www.elegislation. gov.hk/hk/cap201!en-zh-Hant-HK?INDEX_CS=N)

COMMUNITY GROUP VISITS TO THE ICAC BUILDING by Keith HUANG, YLAG Chairperson HKILA joined ICAC community group visit on 2 March 2019. 15 Members enjoyed a guided tour for various ICAC building facilities, including Exhibition Hall, Video Interview Rooms, Identification Parade Suite, Detention Centre and Firearms Display. We also had the opportunity to taste the famed ICAC coffee in Staff Mess.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF HONG KONG FLOWER SHOW 2019 HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT

15-24 MAR 2019 VICTORIA PARK by Kathy NG (text); Philip Kwok (Photo)

The theme of the Flower Show this year ‘When Dreams Blossom’ offered a dreamy experience of blooms and colours. Over a hundred parties from Hong Kong and around the world joined hands in transforming the Victoria Park to a fabulous space with landscape displays. Every year over half a million people visit the ten-day Flower Show and enjoy the beauty and positive energy of the delightful displays and activities. Many landscape architects in various departments and organisations also showcase the work of their organisations in the meticulously designed exhibition booths. The Flower Show signifies the coming of Spring and rekindles the people’s appreciation of the power of the plant kingdom.

Theme: Blooming Journey

More information of the Hong Kong Flower Show 2019 is available at www. lcsd.gov.hk/en/hkfs/2019/attractions.html

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DEVELOPMENT BUREAU

Theme: Dreams of A Harmonious Green Environment

CIVIL ENGINEERING AND DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

Theme: Our Dream

DRAINAGE SERVICES DEPARTMENT

HONG KONG HOUSING AUTHORITY

Theme: My Dream Home

THE WEST KOWLOON CULTURAL DISTRICT

Theme: Dreams

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EUROPEAN MIGRANT CRISIS: THE ROUTE OF MIGRATION by HO Yu Ming

BACKGROUND This trip focuses on the Strait of Gibraltar and its neighboring countries: Spain, Gibraltar (a British overseas territory) and Morocco. Strait of Gibraltar is a narrow strait between Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, it provides the shortest sea route (as short as 7.7 nautical miles) between Spain and Gibraltar in Europe, and Morocco and Ceuta (Spanish autonomous city) in North Africa. The approachable short distance and the complex border condition increases the chance of successful migration, making the Strait of Gibraltar a popular route of escape for the migrants, including both refugees and economic migrants, crossing from Africa to Europe, especially with increasingly stricter border controls on other European countries around Mediterranean Sea such as Turkey, Greece and Italy.

LANDSCAPE To b e t t e r u n d e r s t a n d t h e c u r r e n t conditions of European Migrant Crisis, including the political tension between countries, local attitudes towards migrants, and the experiences of migrants. I decided to take on a land and sea route moving northward from Sahara Desert – Morocco – Strait of Gibraltar – Spain, resembling a possible route of migration.

Escape routes of migrants

Saharan Africa countries have to cross the desert to reach Mediterranean Sea, before further crossing to Europe. Tr a n s p o r t a t i o n , a c c o m m o d a t i o n , weather, food and water need pose great costs and danger to the migrants when crossing the desert. I spent two days in Sahara Desert, staying at a permanent campsite composed of temporary tents inside the desert. The weather there was extremely hot and dry during daytime while turning

cold towards the night. Therefore, most of the transportation were done around dawn and sunset to avoid the sun. Nonetheless, wind-blown sand often hits along with strong wind, making movement around the desert certainly difficult. While most people have the options of riding a camel or getting on a 4x4, most migrants will be overloaded on small trucks due to the lack of budget, which will be far more dangerous when moving through the sand dunes.

Emphasis was also given on the changes in natural landscape, climate, physical environment and culture along the route.

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Migrants overloaded on small trucks to cross the desert (photo: Jerome/AP, The Washington Post)

The Sahara Desert is undoubtedly a stunning natural landscape. By just going a few kilometers into the desert for a few kilometers, you can already feel its endlessness in sight of the full panoramic skyline that is formed by sand dunes only. The endlessness suggests powerlessness for the migrants, as the Sahara Desert measures over 2000km north-south, crossing the desert takes multiple days trip on road, and many of them could not survive. According to Richard Danziger, the U.N. International Organization for Migration director for West and Central Africa, although the number of deaths in the desert is uncertain, it is envisaged that the number is at least double those who died in the Mediterranean and over 3,000 deaths was estimated in the Mediterranean in 2017.

the desert is now made more difficult and dangerous than before.

On top of that, in June 2018, Saharan countries including Sudan, Libya, Chad and Niger co-signed a border protection agreement to fight against terrorism, illegal migration and human trafficking. Migrant drivers being caught at checkpoints were either returned, fined or arrested. Consequently, more dangerous routes are being chosen by the drivers to avoid checkpoints, incidents of abandoning migrants in the desert are also being reported. Crossing

It took 90 minutes on a 136m long vessel for me to cross the Strait of Gibraltar

Northern Morocco – Strait of Gibraltar – Europe Tangier is a port city of Morocco located at the South of the Strait of Gibraltar, it is the last stop in African continent. Compare to other inland cities of Morocco, Tangier is much cooler and more humid.

to reach Algeciras, Spain. During the trip, temperature dropped significantly, wind was blowing hard and big waves were hitting the vessel. While migrants don’t have the choice to cross the strait by a large vessel which requires travel documents to get on board, most of them use wooden or inflatable boats, often overloaded, sometimes without motor power, to cross the strait. With the cold sea water, strong waves, and the risk of crashing into big vessels across the strait, it is certainly lethal to do so.

At this very North point of Africa, the European continent is just less than 20km away across the sea and it is possible to see it with bare eye under good weather. This makes crossing over to Europe seemingly easier, however, over hundreds of migrants died attempting crossing the strait in 2017. A typical passenger and vehicle ship used for the Tangier-Algeciras route

Cargo ships are the dominant ships that sail across the Strait of Gibraltar

European continent looms over the sea

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Migrants crossing the strait by an inflatable boat are being rescued (photo: Salvamento Maritimo)

In August 2018, Spain opened its first refugee camp in the Algeciras area (photo: MailOnline)

Migrants selling counterfeits on a street

Fortunately, there are several NonGovernmental Organizations (NGOs) that run rescue ships across the Mediterranean, migrants are also occasionally being picked up by cargo ships. Nonetheless, in June 2018, two incidents of Italy and Malta refusing rescue ships with migrants from docking happened, before they were finally accepted by Spain.

instead, they are not allowed to work for the first six months of their asylum application. During these six months, only basic welfares are granted to them and will cease afterwards. Often-times, migrants will seek alternative ways to earn a living as the welfares may not be sufficient and some may have to take care of families in their home countries. As a result, one of a very common scene is migrants selling goods on streets illegally all across Spain.

we can barely receive in depth details about the crisis through major media. One of the advantages of field study is receiving direct information whilst being on site, which helps to put things into context. During this field trip, there were constant updates of the migrant crisis on news channels as well as newspapers, reflecting how substantial and urgent the crisis is.

Central Spain Being picked up by rescue ships is probably the first sign of a successful migration. Spain certainly shows a more positive attitude towards the migrant crisis than other European countries by accepting migrants and setting up refugee camps in Algeciras. Many of the migrants are economic migrants, meaning they are not fleeing from war, but from poverty. However, simply getting into Europe does not guarantee a better living for them,

Despite of that, it is good to see that local Spanish people are generally open and welcoming towards the immigrants, as they committed that they would make contributions to local economic, social and cultural wealth.

PERCEPTION Most of us are aware of European Refugee Crisis, however, most news and information reported in Hong Kong are on a more general spectrum, and

The role of landscape architect is evolving, humanitarian issue is definitely one of the key areas that landscape architects need to be involved. From as conventional as designing refugee camps for migrants, to planning a migrant-absorbing city to solve the crisis, or even aiming to increase the survival and successful rate of migration by education, propaganda and negotiation. In many ways we can use our knowledge and ability to make contribution.

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“REFUGEES WELCOME” banner hanging on cultural center Casa del Reloj in Madrid

“REFUGEES WELCOME” banner hanging on the Madrid town hall (photo: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP)

ABOUT As a graduate of BA Landscape Studies, HKU and a current student of Master of Landscape Architecture in HKU, terrestrial scale urban issues revolving around natural environment, economy, social justice and political situation have always been one of the main focuses. During my final semester study of BA(LS), I have chosen to research on the topic of issues faced by Displaced People in Myanmar; hence, my final project revolved around developing landscape strategies to resolve some of the issues. In 2016, I was lucky to have the opportunity to work with one of the Thai NGO, The Border Consortium (TBC), which we met during the project field trip. My task was to generate different sets of maps for the 9 refugee camps along the Thai-Myanmar border, linking existing information the organization has gathered with spatial information using GIS program, I was able to transform the data into proper maps with critical analysis and information. This had created better understanding of the refugee camps and further assisted the organization’s daily operations. It was truly a remarkable experience, as I was able to work with people from different disciplines, visit some of the most remote refugee camps, and getting to know the people and their stories. My work also helped the team gained better

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knowledge of the refugee camps and helped them develop better strategies with limited resources. Towards the end of my work at TBC, there were big changes in the global political climate: Aung San Suu Kyi became the State Counsellor of Myanmar and opens options for Myanmar refugees to return; at the same time “European Migrant Crisis” became more and more serious. My focus has hence shifted from south-east Asia to Europe due to the new trend of refugee crisis. This study is a contrast to my previous studies of the displaced people of Myanmar, as the refugee camps are fairly stable and approachable under a loose border condition between Thailand and Myanmar. On the contrary, the Strait of Gibraltar is a natural barrier, which posts greater challenge for displaced people to reach their final destination. Th e u n c ertai n pol i ti cal si tuati ons and unforeseeable future have also increased the risk and instability for the displaced people.

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ROBUST STREETSCAPE IN THAI: MUTUAL BENEFIT BETWEEN MARKETS, COMMUNITY AND CULTURE by Siyu TONG

About three months ago, a project in the scale of streetscape directed by Jason Ho caused furious debate. As a well-known Chinese landscape scholar focusing on the informal, even illegal place-transformations in different scales which were seldom discussed in landscape academy, he asked his students to map peddlers’ routine and design specialized tricycles for them to avoid enforcers’ expelling. His slogan of caring the minorities while doing design as well as his criticism of eliteoriented design aroused lots of pros and cons. His research incentive is unassailably revolutionary, but how could this acupunctural design process be transformed into concrete landscape design and ultimately merged into the urban fabric remains questionable.

designer in AECOM, he with his team recorded interstitial temples with unusual forms built in aberrant places in Taipei. The project, as he described, was to transform existing culture resources long ignored into cultural IP (intellectual property), and eventually, these seldomdiscussed spaces might be crucial parts for the area’s identity which not only enhance people’s sense of belongings but also be potential destinations of travel.

With these discussions, I tend to contemplate pristine streetscape in two aspects: One aspect is the contradictory relationship between standardized design discipline and the dynamic (even chaotic) streetscape. On one hand we pursue efficiency and universality, on the other we cherish petty tricks and uniqueness of particular spaces and sites. Another aspect is the latent cultural identity in the scale of streetscape subtly influence people’s life. The above

The questioning of standardized space design is not new. In the late 1940s, when urban renewal in America was ubiquitous, the land where slums existed for decades were razed and reconveyed to developers to build nicely designed neighbourhoods. The policy severely intervened local residents’ life pattern since the bars and pharmacies were forced to the peripheral of the area which were no longer within their reach. The ignorance of the interests of these residents reflected by this kind of eliteoriented design to some extent explains why some of the avant-garde landscape academics pursue to challenge the orthodox design and appeal to reclaim the community vitality by observing streetscape untouched by designers. Another incentive that motivates me to explore pristine streetscape is a theory put forward by Bo Wei Lai. As a 25 | Lpod - issue 30

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aspects inspire me to visit Thailand, where rooted robust culture and religion while wanting disciplined neighbourhood design. Instead of mapping residents breaking rules ‘against’ disciplined designers, will it be inspiring to see untutored villagers set their own rules of community empirically? The 7 days’ trip to Thailand was absolutely impressive. The whole country was like a cultural hodge-podge mixed with religion, tradition and lots of new trends brought by the vigorous traveling industry. Among a great number of attractions, broke away from traditional bargaining places for daily needs, lots of markets in Thailand have been expanded into tourist attractions, which generates strong incentives for locals to start their own business. Concurrently, benign competition has forced operators to expand their line of business. Eventually, market space has been transformed from simplex to versatile, and ultimately became core community hubs for Thai locals. One of such unique streetscape is in Chiang Mai, where the Sunday market occupied large city axis, which turned the streets as well as surrounding buildings into a market network. At first glance of the scene, it would be hard for one to not be amazed by its grandness in scale. Without limited by built structures, the market organically expands through traffic nods of streets and bas ed on whi c h d e ri v e d i n to

different function zones. Much more amazingly, these markets which stretch kilometres long in which local villagers assembled completely in less than two hours. On the late afternoon of Sunday, when I visited Rachadamnone Road, the main axis of the ancient city of Chiang Mai, the street was still in tranquillity with solemn shrines sitting between newly built hotels, restaurants, and offices with sporadic visitors idled about. The serenity lasted till four when few vendors started to put up handy awnings along street sides. The awnings soon popped up one by another and occupied the whole road. This was the time when vehicles were ‘expelled’. Since the only rule followed by the villagers of these expeditious constructions was ‘first come, first served’, those latecomers who rejected to give up the main street crowded in its middle and forced the cars to detour. Eventually, large tracks were subdivided into small lanes where only people could push through. The cramped space shortened the distance between strangers and drove people away from the streets into small cells to interact with others. Speed and density were not the only features of the area. More importantly, the richness of the market was emphasized by villagers to, unquestionably, make more profits, but at the same time, strengthen the place’s durability. These are realized by flexible

modules of accessory services inserted in between shops to satisfy additional needs besides shopping. Typically, massage services are provided at the back of awnings, right next to the front door of the shops. Differentiated from common shops with intimacy and privacy, these services were provided outside with rows of armchairs aside. The customers sitting there and chatting with each other just like they were in an open-air theater looking at the daily hustle bustles. Besides, other adjunct services like street-side busking and food kiosks filled the interstices of the market streets creating assemble spots. This kind of diversity has sustained the vitality of the area by offering its visitors perpetual freshness. Although it is observed that indigenous modification of landscape really thrived, it does not mean that designers can only let go without improvement in the place. In fact, the market is still under the guidance of designers and authorities who do the basic zoning of the street branches promising a basic order of the streets, which is realized by banners and slogans. Although seemed modest, the slogans effectively imply latent destinations. Contrast to the modern communities in the past urban renewal process where designers maximized their control of city planning and landscape designing, appropriate design within some limits probably contributes more to social well-being.

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The Sunday market is considered a paragon of pristine wisdom with slight guidance forming successful streetscape. Admittedly, this congested scene might be rare in a well-designed project since the efficiency of traffic was completely undermined by locals’ drastic intervention. However, the place is unassailably successful in terms of its performance as a marketplace. Specifically, it fulfils the will of both the locals for more business and the travellers to experience something unusual, which captivates considerable visitors activating the whole area. Lacking public parks and plazas in Chiang Mai ancient city, the market has become the main leisure destination which was nicely performed in the area.

of tourism in the whole nation. The most famous ones are the railway market and the floating markets in Bangkok. The two markets were strongly related to their cultural context where the railway market was transformed from a traditional market uncompromising with the newly built railways while the floating markets originated from the developed waterway transportation. Functionally, the two markets were no longer necessities since circumjacent markets have been developed with rapid transport. However, they were smartly exploited into tourist destinations and attracted huge interests. The success was not simply dedicated to the publicity tricks

played by tourist administrations, but more contributed by the wisdom of the villagers who invented rustic installations which made the market s m a r t a n d p o s s i b l e . S p e c i f i c a l l y, slide rails and foldable awnings were designed by villagers to promptly pack up their goods giving way to the upcoming trains, while handy hooks were equipped on boats to concatenate them with ashore stores. These bazars, though jammed and crowded, become active public museums preserving the primitive lifestyle of Thai so that their imperfections are accepted and even cherished.

Thus the spontaneous design of the streetscapes can operate pretty well through experience and negotiation. On the other hand, the markets in Thailand go beyond functionality and ultimately became a cultural symbol which strengthens the nation’s cultural identity among locals even worldwide. To further explain these aspects, it is necessary to understand the diversity of Thai markets in terms of commodities and modalities. Throughout my trip to markets in Thailand, lots of them transformed from trading places to showcases of the uniqueness of the place under the trend 27 | Lpod - issue 30

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Floating market

Besides the varied markets’ modalities that embody characteristic Thai identities, the traveling oriented markets offer ample commercial opportunities for local specialties which in other ways might be neglected. Specifically, some vernacular handcrafts which would otherwise die out without a mature product line can probably acquire appreciation under the ambiance of culture hotchpotch. Thus, different from the standardized designs of marketplaces which always be criticized as gentrification clearing the poor people out due to ineluctably accretion of land, the area preserved a platform where people of all backgrounds are treated equally. Ultimately, with a maximized autonomy of villagers, their zeal for participation has been germinated which is crucial for cultivating feelings of belonging and ultimately people’s individual identities are discovered. The varieties of markets in Thailand are treasure lands for me to gain alternative aspects of community design. Nowadays discussion of community participation in design phases is pervasive in no matter what scale projects due to diversiform benefits it can provide. However, as I gradually conversant with the significance of indigenous design, understand the drives and forces that make the pristine streetscape perform as they would be has become more important for my future study. The experience in Thailand gave me a chance to perceive the compromise and negotiation of people which effectively avoid conflicts and ultimately gain

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mutual benefits for both the whole community and individuals. Will this beauty of reconciliation and flexibility appear in our future community design? That will always be my aspiration for the upcoming career of my life. Siyu’s travel award was sponsored by the HKILA Accreditation Panel 2017.

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YLAG LANDSCAPE ACADEMIC EXHIBITION by Keith HUANG, YLAG Chairperson

HKILA Young Landscape Architecture Group (YLAG) committee awarded projects (by both individuals or group) from all the landscape schools of Hong Kong, these included The University of Hong Kong (HKU), Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi), Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) and Birmingham City University (BCU). The selected projects represented the different class levels of each school, from first-year classes up to the graduate classes. From each class of every landscape school, two representative exhibits were selected for the exhibition.

The objective of the exhibition was to promote a message about landscape architecture education out to the public domain and provide a sense of award for the students. This also targeted the public youth who are about to enter graduate education or continuing education to increase their awareness for the landscape architecture profession. The exhibition period was for a week from 8 to 14 April 2019 at 7 Mallory Street. The event was a success and captivated a large audience. The overall feedback from the event was positive and hope for a further alike event.

SELECTED PROJECTS

03 | HKDI HDLA Year 2 (Group) Green journey by Tse Hoi Fung, Tam Chi Kuen, Chu Ka Hung, and Hendron Chu Hong Chun

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01 | HKDI HDLA Year 1 (Group) Choi Hung Estate by Catheinea Fung, Cookie Tung Ka Wing, Chan Tsz Ki, Chan Yu Sum, and Pang Chun

02 | HKDI HDLA Year 2 (Group) Link in Boar by Edelweiss Cheung Ysz Yui, and Tsui Sit Yu

04 | BCU BALA Year 3 Ma Shi Po Village by Anais Wong Ka Ki

05 | BCU BALA Year 3 Bird-ver (Revitalization of Yuen Long Nullah) by Killian Leung Ho Kai

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06 | THEi BALA Year 1 (Group) Life is a river, life is a candle by Karina Wong Kei, and Chu Long Yi

07 | THEi BALA Year 1 Spatial Exploration Studio by Ian Law Ka Hung

08 | THEi BALA Year 2 Park Design Studio by Chris Luk Hoi Man

09 | THEi BALA Year 3 Strait land by Elly Kwok Hiu Yan

10 | THEi BALA Year 3 Urban Transformation, Streetlife with outdoor living room by Miki Choy Mei Ki

11 | THEi BLA Year 2 Wai Square by Onnie Liu On Yi

12 | THEi BLA Year 2 The town centre Past, present & future of Fanling golf course by Violet Ho Man Ching

13 | HKU BALS Year 1 (Group) Landscape Representation: Forms and Methods by Mok Kai Fung, Heather Ho Dai Rong, Wong Hoi Lam, and Lee Yin Ching

14 | HKU BALS Year 2 Conversation Maze by Tse Pui Hei

15 | HKU BALS Year 2 Fragments by Mok King Hei

16 | HKU BALS Year 3 Eco-living seaside community by Avalon Fung Tin Lok

17 | HKU BALS Year 4 Slow urbanism at the heart of Shanghai by Sabrina Chau

18 | HKU BALS Year 4 Amazing city Shanghai riverfront post-expo design by Angel Wong Wing Yin

19 | HKU MLA Year 1 Porous common ground by Francisco Daniel Cevallos Barragán

20 | HKU MLA Year 2 Beyond the Baseline - Problematizing biodiversity assessment of agricultural and wetland sites in Hong Kong by Ceas Chong Yan Suen

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YOUNG LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS' GROUP by Keith HUANG, YLAG Chairperson The target of 2018-19 for the Young Landscape Architects’ Group (YLAG) was to engage more young members to join our regular activities. Our group hosted various events and activities for the young members during this term:

EVENTS IN 2018-19 15 Jun 2018 14 Jul 2018 19 Aug 2018 27 Aug 2018 14 Sep 2018 22 Sep 2018 25 Oct 2018 17 Nov 2018 15 Dec 2018 20 Jan 2019 2 Mar 2019 8 Apr 2019 12 Apr 2019

Happy hour Tsz Shan Monastery tour Boat trip Introduction to HKU Bowling night Introduction to HKDI / BCU Introduction to THEi Fall hiking at Cape D’Aguilar Christmas tram party Workshop on Rhino ICAC building visit Landscape academic exhibition 8th YLAG Annual General Meeting

We will be sad to see several committee members leave us in the upcoming year and offer the opportunity for new young members to join us. The YLAG committee will focus to generate new landscape profession related events in the new 2019-20 term. We are currently calling for new members to join the YLAG committee to plan and organize young member events. If you are interested or would like to know more details, please contact us by email at hkylag@gmail.com.

Some of the YLAG events in 2018-19

YLAG COMMITTEE MEMBERS 2019 - 20 Chairperson Mr. Keith Huang Vice-chairpersons Mr. Aaron Yu Ms. Crystal Cheng Secretary Ms. Angel Wong Ms. Cherry Lau Treasurer Mr. Terrence Ho Members Mr. Alex Yung Mr. Calvin Chu Mr. Hendron Chu Mr. Jack Mok Mr. Justin Yip Mr. Ken Kwong Ms. Ruby Suen Ms. Yeva Yeung

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UPCOMING EVENTS

HKILA - HONG KONG URBAN LABORATORY JOINT SEMINAR:

HONG KONG’S TWENTIETH CENTURY PLAYSCAPES AND BEYOND 香港遊樂場前世今生 — 從石籬說起

Shek Lei Playground, a sculpture playground designed circa 1960s by the American artist, Paul Selinger, was believed to be the first playground of its kind in Southeast Asia. It was revolutionary of its era, featuring abstract and unusual play structures over two metres high. At a time when local playgrounds are criticized for their homogeneity, such a bold past seems unimaginable. With the support of the M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship, Ms Fan Lok Yi began a research on the history of Hong Kong’s playgrounds. HKILA, jointly with Hong Kong Urban Laboratory, has invited Ms Fan to share with us her research findings, including the stories of Shek Lei Playground, other unique local playgrounds from 1970 to 1989, and playscape developments in global and local contexts. We have also invited experts from diverse backgrounds, including Evans Iu (Landscape Architect), Chris Yuen (Play Environment Consultant, Playright Children’s Play Association), Yuen Cheung-ming (Property Management) and Sampson Wong (Urbanist) for a dialogue on challenges and opportunities in making our playscape fun again.

Organizer Body: HKILA and Hong Kong Urban Laboratory Speakers: FAN Lok Yi 樊樂怡 - Artist & Curator Expert: Evans IU 姚寶隆 - Landscape ArchitectPanel: Chris YUEN 袁漢昌 - Play Environment Consultant, Playright Children’s Play Association YUEN Cheung Ming 阮章明 - Property Management Moderator: Sampson WONG 黃宇軒 - Urbanist Language: Cantonese

THERAPEUTIC GARDENS FOR HONG KONG: KYOTO STUDY TOUR

Kyoto Study Tour (10 – 14 Mar 2019) has been rescheduled to September 2019 tentatively. HKILA will notify Members once the actual dates is confirmed.

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28 Apr 2019 (Sunday) 3:00pm - 5:00pm Mini Theatre, The Good Lab L1, The Sparkle, 500 Tung Chau Street, Cheung Sha Wan, Kowloon

This event is free of charge and open to the public. For those who have missed the interesting event, please view the video: www.facebook. com/578693822145353/videos/455830831828302

- 18 OCTOBER 2019 MARK YOUR DIARY HKILA ANNUAL DINNER

The HKILA 31 st Annual Dinner will be held at the Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong ( 香港 萬麗海景酒店 ) on 18 October 2019 (Friday). Please mark the date with additional information forthcoming!

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RECORD AND UPDATE

HKILA RECORD (FEB 2019 – APR 2019) EVENTS ATTENDED BY HKILA REPRESENTATIVES Date 11 Feb 2019 16 Feb 2019 16 Feb 2019 18 Feb 2019 19 Feb 2019 21 Feb 2019 21 Feb 2019 27 Feb 2019 28 Feb 2019 2 Mar 2019 4 Mar 2019 6 Mar 2019 11 Mar 2019 13 Mar 2019 15 Mar 2019 16 Mar 2019 18 Mar 2019 21 Mar 2019 22 Mar 2019 23 Mar 2019 25 Mar 2019

Event Secretary for Home Affairs’ Spring Reception 2019 CIWEM HK Technical Seminar: Re-run of Coastal Management Challenges in the Times of Climate Change Joint HKIP-HKILA Symposium: Lessons from Mangkhut for Planners and Landscape Architects HKIA Spring Reception

Representative(s) Iris Hoi Iris Hoi, Patrick Lau Iris Hoi, S.C. Lo, Kathy Ng, Kate Lau, Gap Chung, Keith Huang Iris Hoi Iris Hoi, Kathy Ng Iris Hoi Iris Hoi, Patrick Lau Iris Hoi Kathy Ng

香港專業及資深行政人員協會 - 新春團拜慶元宵酒會 粵港澳大灣區發展規劃綱要宣講會

Law Society’s Spring Reception for the Year of the Pig 前海管理局 2019 新春酒會

ArchSD Academy: Landscape Talk by HKILA

Keith Huang Iris Hoi Iris Hoi, S.C. Lo, Isaac So Paul Chan

Community Group Visits to the ICAC Building Interview from Perspective Joint Institutes’ Dinner LDAC Joint Sub-Committee on Streamlining Development Control Meeting with BD, HKILA, LARB and Association of Landscape Consultants Hong Kong Flower Show 2019 - Judging Panel Assessment Meeting HKIE 44th Annual Dinner

Simon Ng, Michael Thomas Iris Hoi Iris Hoi Iris Hoi Isaac So Iris Hoi

「大灣區發展 -- 香港專業人士的機遇和發展」研討會

Joint Professional Centre Limited: AGM 2019

HKRCA - 己亥年春茗晚宴

Celebrate Drainage Services Department 30th Anniversary cum Completion of Harbour Area Treatment Scheme’s Main System Enhancement Works Standardization of Soft Landscape Specification Project - 2nd Conference Luncheon Talk by Financial Secretary

26 Mar 2019 27 Mar 2019 28 Mar 2019 29 Mar 2019 30 Mar 2019

AAP Annual Dinner and AGM Meeting with Sustainable Lantau Office Meeting with Hong Kong Construction Professional Institutes & related Associations Premiere of ‘ICAC Investigators 2019’ Joint Institute Technical Visit to Sha Po Residential cum Wetland Preservation Development

3 Apr 2019 8 Apr 2019

PGBC 2nd Council meeting 2019 - 2020 Best Private Slope Maintenance and Landscaping Award Judging Panel Assessment Meeting Hong Kong Construction Association - 70th Council Inauguration Ceremony Meeting on HKILA’s Proposal on Processing of Statutory Landscape Submission

9 Apr 2019 12 Apr 2019 12 Apr 2019 12 Apr 2019 12 Apr 2019 8-14 Apr 2019 28 Apr 2019 29 Apr 2019

Briefing on the New Conceptual Designs of Recycling Bins and Litter Containers in Public Places Meeting with Development Bureau: Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications and Exploration of Business Opportunities in the Greater Bay Area Special Meeting: Studies Related to Artificial Islands in the Central Waters HKILA-YLAG Landscape Academic Exhibition Hong Kong’s Twentieth-century Playscapes and Beyond A sharing session to Higher Diploma students studying Landscape Architecture

Iris Hoi, S.C. Lo, Kathy Ng, Tak Wong Iris Hoi, S.C. Lo, Kathy Ng, Tak Wong, Patrick Lau, Gap Chung Iris Hoi Iris Hoi, S.C. Lo, Paul Chan Iris Hoi Iris Hoi Iris Hoi Kathy Ng Tak Wong Iris Hoi Iris Hoi, Camay Lam, Paul Chan, Thomas Lau Iris Hoi Iris Hoi Iris Hoi Iris Hoi, Kathy Ng, Keith Huang Evans Iu, Kate Lau Paul Chan

EVENTS HKILA AS SUPPORTING ORGANISATION Date 21 Feb 2019 23 Feb 2019 27 Feb 2019 26 Oct 2018 17 Feb 2019 Sep 2018 - Feb 2019 31 Jan - 13 Mar 2019

Event Academy for Sustainable Communities: Sustainable Agriculture course JCEIA Annual Conference 2019: Sustainable Events: Green Is the New Classy

Organizer(s) University of Hong Kong Joint College Environmental Innovation Alliance

前海促進深港合作投資推介會

前海管理局

HKDI Gallery Presents Exhibition 2018-19: “Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec–Urban Daydreaming” Best Landscaped and Maintained Slope Award “Coldefy, Architect of HKDI” Exhibition

31 Mar 2019 1 Apr 2019

Hong Kong Soundscape - A Sound Map Creation Competition Technical Seminar: Urbanization and Climate Change in Asia: Impacts and Adaptation

24 Apr 2019 Mar/May/Aug/Nov 2019

2019 bSHK Conference BEAM Society: Education Programme in 2019

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Hong Kong Design Institute and Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education Civil Engineering and Development Department Hong Kong Design Institute and Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education Hong Kong Institute of Acoustics CIWEM HK, Environmental Division of HKIE, GCACIC, School of Energy and Environment, City University of Hong Kong buildingSMART Hong Kong BEAM Society Limited Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects


RECORD AND UPDATE

HKILA COUNCIL & APPOINTED MEMBERS MEETINGS Date 12 Feb 2019 22 Feb 2019 1 Mar 2019 5 Mar 2019 14 Mar 2019 18 Mar 2019 2 Apr 2019 3 Apr 2019 12 Apr 2019 16 Apr 2019 26 Apr 2019

Meeting HKILA Council Meeting (10th) Land and Development Advisory Committee - Building Sub-committee / Authorized Persons, Registered Structural Engineers and Registered Geotechnical Engineers Committee Meeting Working Group on the Central & Western District Harbourfront Meeting HKILA Council Meeting (11th) BEAM Professional Development Committee Meeting Joint Professional Centre Limited Meeting HKILA Council Meeting (12th) Professional Green Building Council Meeting HKILA Young Landscape Architecture Group (YLAG) AGM Planning Department - Land and Development Advisory Committee Meeting HKILA AGM (31th)

CHANGE OF MEMBERSHIP AND NEW MEMBERS from 1 January 2019 to 31 March 2019

Change from Fellow to Retired Member F021

CHAN Hon Cheung John

陳漢祥

Change from Professional Members to Retired Members M034 M071

CHAN Wai Keung Eric TANG Yuk King Alice

M088

陳偉強 鄧玉瓊

MAK Woon King Betty

麥煥瓊

Yu Pui Yan Lam Wing Yi

余佩恩 林泳誼

New Professional Members M275

CHAN Alfred

New Associate Members G461 G462 G463

CHAN Lok Wing LONG Xian Wei WONG Wing Tung

陳樂榮 龍先偉 黃詠酮

G464 G465

New Affiliate Members A038

CHAN Yick Lam

CALL FOR NEW MEMBERS FOR CPD COMMITTEE & TALENTS NEEDED

陳奕霖

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

While continuing professional development (CPD)is essential for our practice, there is also a growing demand in knowledge sharing among professionals and the general public.

The Editorial Board would like to acknowledge the kind contributions of all the authors. The Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects would like to express its heartfelt gratitude to them for their support.

CPD Committee plans to expand and organise regular talk series and educational events in upcoming institute year.

Any suggestions and contributions, please send to publication@hkila.com

We are currently calling for new members to join us to plan and organise professional and public events. We are also establishing a pool of talent for help on as-needed basis. Please fill in the online form if you are interested. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScZYXKv4s0fb3LzoN_ jZwP6FHbCaZhwL5u8tkxl3l56pHTioA/viewform We will contact you around mid-May. Should you have any enquiry please contact the Secretariat. Kate LAU

CPD Committee Chairperson

香港園境師學會

EDITORIAL BOARD

Publication Committee of the HKILA

Chairperson Mr. Gap CHUNG Committee Members Ms. Kathy NG Mr. Yin Lun CHAN Mr. David YUEN Ms. Wynona LEE

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