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Regulation of amusement ride safety (28/4/2019)

Many people love to visit theme parks to go on the exciting and thrilling amusement rides for the sheer sensation of speed and centrifugal forces. In the carnival held earlier along the Central Harbourfront, there were different kinds of amusement rides available for the public to “have the fullest fun”. You may wish to know that, five months before the opening of the carnival, the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) had in fact started the vetting process of the amusement rides applications to ensure a fun and safe experience for visitors. This time, I have invited two colleagues from the EMSD to introduce how the department oversees the inspection and maintenance of the rides to ensure public safety......

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“Vertical Fabric: Density in Landscape" Architecture Exhibition (21/4/2019)

Hong Kong is a high-density city, the unique urban landscape of which is formed by many high-rise developments. Recently, some tower models of imitated skyscrapers have been installed along Edinburgh Place. I bet they have commanded your attention when you walk past the Central waterfront. Following the success of the 16th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition – Hong Kong Exhibition last year, the models shown at the exhibition have been brought back to different places in Hong Kong for a Response Exhibition. Featuring 116 tower models, the curatorial team showcases Hong Kong’s high-density architecture and explores the potential of design and planning for diversity within spatial constraints. Here, I have invited the chief curator of the exhibition and a Senior Town Planner of the Planning Department (PlanD) to share with us the characteristics of the exhibition......

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Revitalisation and development of the rear portion of the Cattle Depot (14/4/2019)

Adjacent to the old district of To Kwa Wan is the Ex-Ma Tau Kok Animal Quarantine Depot, commonly known as the Cattle Depot, the only surviving pre-war cattle slaughterhouse in Hong Kong. The front portion of the Cattle Depot has been revitalised as the Cattle Depot Artists Village and become a popular place frequented by people interested in culture and art. The rear portion of the Cattle Depot, currently undergoing revitalisation, will be developed into the Cattle Depot Art Park. The works are expected to be completed in the middle of this year. This time, I have invited a colleague from the Architectural Services Department (ArchSD), who is responsible for the project design to walk us through the highlights of the art park......

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Making the most of community wisdom to build a harbourfront for public enjoyment (7/4/2019)

Today, apart from striving for economic development, our community also attaches great importance to better quality of life and thus the effort to develop a liveable city. Recently, the vicinity of the Central Harbourfront has become a hot spot with different activities taking place one after another, making it a favourite leisure spot for the public and tourists. With the harbourfront areas on both sides of Victoria harbour being gradually connected for public enjoyment, more open space is expected to be provided for us to explore the infinite possibilities with our boundless creativity. Here, I have invited Mr NG Wing-shun, Vincent, the Chairperson of the Harbourfront Commission (HC), for a stroll along the harbourfront and talk about the public views and visions on the strategies of harbourfront enhancement......

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Gerontechnology products in the community (31/3/2019)

Hong Kong is facing an ageing population and an increasing demand for elderly services. Gerontechnology is a combination of elderly services and innovative technology. By developing new, tailor-made products for the elderly, it can help improve the lives of elderly persons and reduce the burden and stress of carers and nursing staff. Earlier, the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) and the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) jointly held the Gerontech Youth Challenge to encourage youngsters to use their creativity as well as knowledge in the technology and electrical and mechanical (E&M) fields to come up with ideas on products that are friendly to the elderly in community care, institutional care and home care……

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