Rethinking Hong Kong Streets

Day 2 : 12:30 – 14:45

HKIUD have been actively analysing mechanisms to improve the health and safety, accessibility, and quality of urban streets in Hong Kong which are designed for and dominated by transport solutions. Leading world cities are innovating and retrofitting their streets to meet 21st Century needs to improve the mobility and liveability for residents whilst attracting new talent and investment. Hong Kong is increasingly behind the curve. What’s going wrong?


  • What are streets for – why are there conflicts in Hong Kong?
  • Why can’t Hong Kong make healthy change for streets as being evidenced around the world? What’s stopping us?

Post-event Actions

  • Ascertain whether business-as-usual approaches to street design and management are acceptable in keeping Hong Kong competitive in the face of global competition for better places to live and work.
  • Consider how new modes of administration and decision-making might lead to better quality outcomes in the design and management of urban streets;
  • Develop key recommendations to be further developed and shared with the professional community and political decision-makers.


Prof. Alain JF Chiaradia

Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design

Vice President

Alain Chiaradia is Vice president of the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design, Associate Professor and Deputy Head at the University of Hong Kong’s Department of Urban Planning and Design. He specializes in network-based morphometrics and design thinking to explore the health, social, economic, and environmental impacts of urban design and transport. Chiaradia is the founding lead co-author of the 3D Spatial Design Network Analysis software (3D sDNA), used globally by urban professionals and researchers. His applied research on the impacts of the built environment has been internationally recognized as having “outstanding impacts in terms of their reach and significance.” Chiaradia is also the Programme Director of the Master of Science in Urban Design and Transport at HKU.

My Sustainability Goals for 2024:

Supports sustainability objectives of creating all weather more liveable, pedestrian-friendly cities and reducing emissions from transportation.
Sustainable urban planning and transport policies that balance economic development with environmental considerations.
Support for exemplary data-driven insights on how urban design affects liveability, health, and wellbeing.

Eli Konvitz

Urban Land Institute Hong Kong

Vice Chair

Eli Konvitz is an expert in sustainability and urban development with experience on five continents. He consults on urban innovation and development, is Vice-Chair of the Urban Land Institute in Hong Kong, and adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong.

He has led masterplans for new cities, urban regeneration, transit oriented development, reclamation and waterfront development, industrial, tourism and leisure projects. He is experienced in masterplanning and urban design, large-scale urbanisation and regional strategies, and climate change strategy and policy. In 2006 he led the ground-breaking creation of the evidence base for climate change in the London Plan, and in 2008 he pioneered creation of a mechanism to fund and drive low-carbon retrofit of existing buildings.

Eli was previously Director of Atkins’ Planning and Urban Design practice in South East Asia and Net Zero leader for Asia; Asia Practice Lead for Consulting, Strategy and Advisory; and Chair of Atkins’ Urban Planning Global Network. Prior to joining Atkins, he was at Arup in London and co-founder of startup localCarbon.

A graduate of The Johns Hopkins University and has an MSc in Town Planning from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, he is Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, a member of the Pacific Basin Economic Council, sits on the Advisory Board of AMRACE in Malaysia and on the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design’s Public Affairs and International and Mainland Affairs Committees.


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