Urban Environment

The way we plan, design and build cities has an impact on the movements of people and goods, human health, community, productivity and happiness. In order to become a world-class city, Hong Kong’s policy makers must shift from a traditional quantitative approach to transport and urban planning, which focuses on the efficient provision of housing and mega transport infrastructure, to a more qualitative approach centering on human-scale improvements, such as promoting low-emission transport, and creating good quality urban environments for people to live and work in. Providing sustainable transport options, enhancing the pedestrian environment, enabling universal access, designing ventilation corridors, and creating high quality public open spaces bring about economic, social and environmental benefits. Policy makers must also consider how to use Hong Kong’s limited land resources sustainably, to ensure that natural assets are protected for future generations while meeting present development needs.

Civic Exchange is committed to making Hong Kong a more liveable city through raising awareness and promoting fresh thinking among policy-makers and the public. We have conducted research on diverse issues including sustainable transport planning, land policy, waterfront design, urban renewal, the small house policy, walkability, and public open space. Civic Exchange has also organised conferences and other events on walkability and other transport and city planning issues.

Asian Urban-Wellbeing Indicators: Hong Kong Report (2016 First Report)

In October 2016, Civic Exchange published a report on urban-wellbeing indicators in Hong Kong. To download the report, click on the link above. As part of Civic Exchange’s commitment to promoting public policy research and civic engagement, we will mak …

Asian Urban-Wellbeing Indicators Comparative Report : Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai (2016 First Report) – Full Report

This full report reveals the wellbeing survey conducted in three Asian cities. It is hoped that the findings will provide insights into city dwellers’ attitudes and priorities in order to identify areas for further research and to provoke discussions on how urban policymakers can better meet people’s needs.

Training and Development of Inspection and Maintenance Personnel in Hong Kong for Road Vehicles

Civic Exchange has published two research reports on I/M for road vehicle in 2013-14, informing and engaging stakeholders in relevant policy discussions. This report represents looks at the issue that has been raised in two of our previous reports, the number and competency of vehicle repair mechanics in Hong Kong.

Small Houses, Big Effects: Public Opinion Survey on the Small House Policy (Summary Report)

In April 2015, Civic Exchange published the results of a public opinion survey on Hong Kong’s Small House Policy. To download the summary report, click on the link above. The Small House Policy (SHP) has long been a politically thorny issue, and althou …