Civic Exchange is working on creating a well-being index for Asian cities, that can harness the power of indices plus engage people on issues of civic importance.
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.
This research project looks at how Hong Kong’s universities recruit, admit and support students with disabilities.
This report is the first work of Civic Exchange’s publications series on the phenomenon of poverty in Hong Kong.
This paper discusses the differences between the patterns of official emissions and concentrations measured at the roadside; and suggests accurate emissions estimates to feed into policy assessments and hence policy formulation to provide urgently needed improvements in street level air quality.
What results have Hong Kong’s urban renewal policies produced in practice? What impact have they had on our built environment? Are they environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable? This report is a critical analysis of Hong Kong’s urban renewal policies since 2000…
This report aims to propose measures to accelerate the replacement of diesel vehicles.
In recent years there has been growing concern about the diminishing livability of Hong Kong’s urban environment. Public concern has focused on air pollution, especially from diesel vehicles on our congested roads, limited open space for public interaction, and the “wall effect” and “street canyon effect”.
The Legislative Council Panel on Security discussed Security Bureau’s “Outcome of Public Consultation on the Proposed Introduction of the MPDS” on 13 April 2010. Civic Exchange hosted a press briefing and invited Mr Cheung Tak Hai from the Alliance for Patients’ Mutual Help Organizations and…
This policy paper prepared by Civic Exchange urges the HKSAR Government to tell the public that the cost of upgrading Hong Kong’s old and highly polluting franchised bus can be shared among the bus operators, the public purse and bus riders….
The Real Estate Developers Association of Hong Kong (REDA) has commissioned this study in response to the consultation document by the Council for Sustainability Development on “Building Design to Foster a Quality and Sustainable Built Environment”.