The City Gallery is the first planning and infrastructure gallery in Hong Kong. Resuming full operation last month after partial renovation, the gallery now houses a number of new interactive games and selfie spots. In this post, I have invited a colleague from the Planning Department (PlanD) to brief us on the new items and facilities. Moreover, a colleague from the Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD) will share with us about a thematic exhibition staged by the department in the gallery.
New interactive and fun elements
Hong Kong is developing rapidly. To keep up with the pace, the City Gallery has replaced various exhibits and facilities on the G/F, 3/F and 4/F with more interactive and fun elements. Ms CHAN Hau-yin, Margaret, Chief Town Planner (Atg.) of the PlanD, says that the visitors’ refreshing experience starts right at the moment they step into the gallery, as the “Planning Eye” next to the reception counter will take them on an amazing journey to explore the challenges and opportunities faced by Hong Kong in the course of city development, and display our planning vision through the interactive videos shown on the eyeball-shaped LED and 3D geographic model of Hong Kong combined with audiovisual effect. The models are made with great precision in every detail. The aircrafts and vessels projected go along the actual flight paths and fairways.
Development experiences of different cities
Near the “Planning Eye” are the new interactive exhibits “City Impression” and “Great World Cities”. With the touch screens, visitors can compare Hong Kong with other cities in terms of urban form, population density and their skyscrapers, and learn about the good practice of some cities in achieving sustainable development goals, e.g. the Cheonggyecheon Stream in Seoul, South Korea; the “SMART Tunnel” (Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and the experience in zero emission gained by Copenhagen, Denmark.
A time-journey reflecting the course of development
New items have been added to the 3/F after the renovation, including the interactive “Planning Timeline” and “Coastlines & Skylines”, which show visitors the development and changes in Hong Kong and along the Victoria Harbour since 1900. One level up on the 4/F, the old and new photos shown on the touch screens of “Hong Kong Now and Then” enable visitors to visualise the evolvement of different places in our city. The “Treasure Hunt”, another section on the same floor, displays miniature models of modern and old buildings, passenger carriers of different periods and playground delights of the old days, such as the merry-go-round, as well as the long and tall metal slide.
Inclusive facilities in the gallery
Ms Margaret CHAN says that, taking the people-oriented approach, the City Gallery has incorporated various inclusive facilities to suit the needs of different age groups and people with disabilities. For instance, in a commanding position overlooking the Victoria Harbour on the 4/F stands an architectural illustration of the Victoria Harbour. It is equipped with a tactile-audio interaction system to facilitate visually impaired visitors to appreciate the features along both sides of our harbour by means of touching, braille dots and audio descriptions. Moreover, the Community Lounge on the same floor provides a cosy environment with seats where visitors can relax and read books about town planning and infrastructure development.
The pop-up Green Living @ Lantau Thematic Exhibition
The “Green Living @ Lantau Thematic Exhibition” has been staged by the Sustainable Lantau Office (SLO) of the CEDD since early June on the G/F of the City Gallery. Through texts, photos and videos, the exhibition shows the office’s efforts in promoting green living at Lantau, including implementing various projects to conserve Lantau, promoting sustainable leisure and recreational activities, as well as integrating green and smart elements into development projects to achieve sustainable development.
Origami artworks of Lantau species
Ms YAU Chun-fai, Spring, Public Relations Manager of the SLO, says that the thematic exhibition also features a large-scale board game which aims to raise the awareness of the public about the hiking etiquette at Lantau. Visitors can also take this opportunity to appreciate the origami artworks of Lantau species created by the famous origami artist, Mr CHAN Pak-hei, Kade. The exhibition will remain open until 26 July. So grab the chance if you have not seen it.
The City Gallery is unique exhibition venue. It briefs the public on the major planning proposals and infrastructure projects in Hong Kong, as well as the development directions of our city. I hope that the departments will encourage the public to visit the gallery, and to join hands to make Hong Kong a liveable, competitive and sustainable Asia's world city.
27 June, 2021Back