Delegation to Shanghai for urban renewal study

The Development Bureau and the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) are organising a visit to Shanghai from March 26 to 28 to learn about the urban regeneration work and redevelopment undertaken in the city.

The Development Bureau has started the Urban Renewal Strategy review in July last year and has commissioned a Policy Study Consultant, the University of Hong Kong, to conduct research into urban renewal policies and practices in six Asian cites.  Based on the research findings and contacts made by the study team, the bureau and the URA have decided to arrange study visits to Tokyo and Shanghai.  While the visit to Tokyo, led by the Secretary for Development, Mrs Carrie Lam, was conducted last month, the visit to Shanghai this time is led by the Chairman of the URA, Mr Barry Cheung.

The delegation will aim to get first-hand information of urban regeneration in the city and exchange views with officials involved.  Delegation members include officials from the Development Bureau, members of the Steering Committee on Review of the Urban Renewal Strategy, members of the URA Board and members of URA's District Advisory Committees.

During the visit, the delegation will meet with officials and academia to learn and exchange views on urban renewal and redevelopment, as well as heritage conservation and adaptive reuse.  They will also visit a number of heritage and redevelopment projects such as Tilanqiao, Jianyeli, Xujialong, Tian Zhi Fang and Xintiandi.

Ends/Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Issued at HKT 20:13