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The first community facility to use the modular building construction method (31/12/2017)

With the popularity of smartphones nowadays, a lot of people are turning to the Internet for information. However, there are still many book lovers and public libraries are a good place for them. Hong Kong’s first 24-hour self-service library station has been launched recently, offering users very convenient round-the-clock public library services for borrowing and returning books. This library station, in fact, is also the city’s first community facility applying the concept of modular building construction method, and it was substantially completed in only four weeks. How did the construction works carried out? What are the merits of this construction method? This time, I have invited a colleague from the Architectural Services Department (ArchSD) under the Development Bureau to share his experience with us......

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Celebrating Christmas with the elderly (24/12/2017)

Christmas is just around the corner, together with colleagues from the Development Bureau, I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. During this festive season, wouldn’t it be wonderful to take some time out of our busy schedule to spread joy, love and care to the people around us? Earlier on, I visited an elderly centre with Mr Liu Chun-san, the Under Secretary for Development and Mr Allen Fung, the Political Assistant and spent a joyful morning together playing games, doing arts and crafts and chit-chatting with the elderly people……

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SDEV visits Yau Tsim Mong District to see some revitalised projects (17/12/2017)

While most of us must have visited the Flower Market in Mong Kok to shop for plants and flowers, I wonder how many of you have ever noticed the unique architectural style of the tenement buildings in the area? Do you know that most of these buildings have their own stories to tell? Earlier on, I visited the Yau Tsim Mong District to see the preservation and revitalisation project of the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) at Prince Edward Road West and Yuen Ngai Street. Showcasing the unique architectural style of the 1930s, these tenement buildings make up one of the longest remaining rows of pre-war verandah-type shophouses in Hong Kong. After revitalisation, the shophouses have taken on a refreshing look. URA has strived to preserve and reflect the local character and history of the area in the process of urban renewal planning, blending in new and old elements and injecting new vibrancy into the district……

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CEDD and PlanD have won the international award for innovative underground space concept (10/12/2017)

Given the lack of land resources in Hong Kong, it has all along been our policy objective to develop underground space and enhance the use of rock caverns systematically so as to promote the sustainable development of Hong Kong. I am glad to share with you that the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA) has earlier awarded the Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD) and the Planning Department (PlanD) the Innovative Underground Space Concept of the Year in the ITA Tunnelling Awards 2017 for their concerted efforts in formulating the Cavern Master Plan (CMP) for Hong Kong……

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Supporting EMSD’s effort to promote innovation and technology development (3/12/2017)

To embrace the new scene brought by the innovation and technology (I&T) development, many industry sectors are eager to keep pace with the trend and develop more advanced products, technologies or services. In this regard, the Government plays the role of a facilitator and a promoter. Over the years, the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) of the Development Bureau has been actively supporting the development of start-ups in the electrical and mechanical (E&M) field. Recently, the department has turned its headquarters building and related facilities in Kowloon Bay into a shared testing ground to provide a platform for interested people to test newly developed E&M products and technologies, and collect data to verify their functions and effectiveness. Here, I will further introduce to you the work of the EMSD in innovation promotion and the enhanced application of new technology……

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