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Promoting sustainable building design–Trade and Industry Tower in Kai Tak (26/8/2018)

To meet the keen demands of the community and the need to protect our environment, we require not only comprehensive town planning but also good building design. Over the years, the Architectural Services Department (ArchSD) has actively promoted sustainable building design and incorporated low-carbon design elements into works projects, so as to ensure that the impact on the environment and the people is taken into account in planning every detail of a building. For two weeks in a row, I will take you to visit building projects undertaken by the ArchSD. The first stop is the Trade and Industry Tower (TI Tower) in the Kai Tak Development (KTD). I will introduce to you its design features and functions aimed to save energy, reduce emissions and enhance environmental performance……

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A sharing session with trainees of the Geotechnical Engineering Office (19/8/2018)

The Government strives to nurture professionals in different fields for Hong Kong to promote social progress and ensure safety in our city. In my previous blog posts I introduced to you the training base for electrical and mechanical talent, this time I would like to share with you my meeting with two secondary school student participants of the “Be a Government Official for a Day” Programme and several trainees of the Geotechnical Engineering Office (GEO). The trainees shared with us their training experiences and the reasons why they pursue a professional career in engineering geology and geotechnical engineering. I hope the experiences of these “big brothers” will inspire more youngsters to explore their interests early and equip themselves for joining the workforce......

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Ecological conservation in Tung Chung (12/8/2018)

Last week I introduced Shui Hau in South Lantau. This week, let us visit Tung Chung in North Lantau. The works of the first phase of the Tung Chung New Town Extension (TCNTE) project commenced at the end of last year. In planning for the development, we attach great importance to the balance with the ecological conservation. Some time earlier, the Acting Secretary for Development, Mr LIU Chun-san, and the Political Assistant to Secretary for Development, Mr FUNG Ying-lun, Allen, went to inspect the Tung Chung Stream in Tung Chung West to learn more about the works to be carried out in Tung Chung under the project by the Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD) in future......

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Eco-tour to promote conservation of Lantau (5/8/2018)

To promote sustainable development of Lantau, the Government promulgated the Sustainable Lantau Blueprint in 2017 with “Development in the North, Conservation for the South” as the overarching principle. The Blueprint outlines the strategic planning and development framework for Lantau. As promotion of community involvement and public education plays an important role in conservation work, this time I have invited the Under Secretary for Development (USDEV), Mr LIU Chun-san, and the Political Assistant (PA) to Secretary for Development, Mr FUNG Ying-lun, Allen, to take us to enjoy the beautiful scenery at Shui Hau in Lantau. Recently, they joined an eco-tour with the public to support and take part in ecological and environmental conservation……

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To learn beyond classroom and be a town planner in summer break (29/7/2018)

Hong Kong’s future town planning development is closely related to our next generation. For Hong Kong to become a more liveable, competitive and sustainable Asia’s World City, town planners have a vital role to play. This summer, the Planning Department (PlanD) and the City Gallery jointly organised the “Summer Planning School 2018 - Be a Town Planner" programme to provide a range of courses for both primary and secondary schools students. The programme which has recruited several hundred student participants is designed to enhance our younger generation’s understanding of the development and town planning issues in Hong Kong in a plain yet comprehensive manner. Recently, I attended one day of the programme with 100-odd primary school students to test these “little planners” on their understanding of Hong Kong and get to know their views on the planning of community facilities……

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