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Alan Stewart Speaks at Academy of Urbanism Event in Hong Kong
On 6th December Alan Stewart gave a presentation on Bioclimatic Design in Neighbourhoods and Towns, to an inaugural gathering of the Academy of Urbanism in Hong Kong.
The event was held at the British Consulate General as part of an one-day event organised by Farrells and UK Trade and Investment, which explored the challenges we face in enabling places to be more sustainable and socially resilient - particularly in dense cities like London and Hong Kong. Speakers at the event included Eugene Dreyer, Director of Urban Design at Farrells, Ada Fung, Deputy Director of Housing at Hong Kong's Housing Department, and Prof. Puay-peng Ho, an Edinburgh University alumni, now Director of the School of Architecture CUHK.
Alan expanded on JTP's experience in the regeneration of towns in the north of England, drawing parallels with the rapid expansion in many of China's cities. His presentation concluded with an exploration of the Suzhou Eco-Town project which through the implementation of bio-climatic and TOD design principles aims to cut carbon emissions by over 40%.
Development in Hong Kong continues at pace despite the global recession, and the Academy was invited to join the debate surrounding the future of an historic quarter within the city's central business districts which is under increasing threat of redevelopment.