In collaboration with Faculty of Architecture at The University of Hong Kong (HKU) as one of the community stakeholders of the West Island Line, Mass Transit Railway Corporation (MTRC) implemented a series of public engagement programs. MTRC joined hands with academics, students and community groups to go into the local districts to introduce the three new stations: Sai Ying Pun, HKU, and Kennedy Town. These new MTR stations will be equipped with new facilities and new artwork to inform the general public of the district’s historical heritage and art aspirations. A three-stage engagement program has been undertaken to 1) nurture a group of university student ambassadors to assist the local districts to better understand the stations and their facilities; 2) to create a historical trail that will explain how the new stations are integrated into the local heritage; and 3) a public architecture exhibition which will display 3D installations featuring the evolution of MTR, and how our urban landscape changed over the years will be balances both new and old urban elements.
The “MTR West Island Line (WIL) Youth Ambassador Programme” was kicked off on 7 April 2014 at HKU. More than 50 HKU Students were officially appointed as youth ambassadors. Over the next few months, these energetic and enthusiastic youth ambassadors conducted visits to schools, elderly homes, residential buildings and community centres in Western District to promote the new features and station facilities of WIL. Before embarking on their mission, the students had undergone comprehensive training provided by MTR.
At the heart of Kwun Tong Commercial Area, Tsun Yip Street Playground is ideal for community participation and civic exchange. Under the initiative of Energizing Kowloon East by the HKSAR Government, Kwun Tong and Kowloon Bay Industrial Area will be transformed into the second CBD of Hong Kong. The Energizing Kowloon East Office (EKEO) initiated a series of studies and projects to look at how industrial heritage in the area would help inform the urban transformation process, recognizing Tsun Yip Street Playground as an important open and public urban space that gives identity to the district by showcasing installations of public art.
Industrial heritage refers to both tangible and intangible things inherited from the past that shapes the present and the future. It implies a temporal and spatial continuity that helps stakeholders today. With the help of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, particularly in the museum and public art services, EKEO formed a team led by the Community Project Workshop of the Faculty of Architecture at HKU to oversee the curatorial planning of this installation project. Based on the information gathered in the Industrial Heritage Study, we curated the exhibition with a ‘timeline’ concept which is both informative, visually-pleasing and fun to play with. The timeline charted the development of the industries, the old brands that originates in Kwun Tong, the growth of the community and the evolution of Kwun Tong as one of the first satellite towns of Hong Kong.
The Committee on Free Kindergarten Education was set up to study and make recommendations to the Education Bureau on how to implement free kindergarten education practically. They sought consultants to research the optimal accommodation requirements for kindergartens in order to enhance the quality of kindergarten education through the provision of a more conducive physical environment for children’s learning and development. The Community Project Workshop was commissioned to conduct the study in collaboration with the University of Hong Kong and Barrie Ho Architecture Interiors. The consultancy aims to propose options for accommodation requirements for future kindergartens.
The introduction of vertical transportation into historic buildings is one of the essential and unavoidable issues that has to be tackled by the field of conservation. There are projects of adaptive reuse being completed year after year. Commissioned by the Heritage Unit of the Architectural Services Department, the Community Project Workshop teamed up with LWK & Partners and BSA Consultants to carry out a technical study on the provision of vertical transportation in historic buildings.
The study irons out the considerations for vertical circulation, in compliance with conservation requirements as well as integrating different statutory, regulatory, and functional needs. Through comprehensive consultation exercises and detailed research, the study also aims to collect and share the qualities that bring about positive results and the innovations that successfully tackle constraints and restrictions. The final section of the study proposes a set of recommendations and guidelines summarizing the findings in the form of a report.