Urban Spaces: Transforming Hong Kong to create Liveable Neighbourhoods

Day 1 : 11:15 – 12:05

This dynamic session explores the integral role of transforming urban spaces in shaping Hong Kong as a liveable city. Our expert panel of speakers will delve into concrete examples and case studies that highlight the transformative power within incorporating green spaces into built environments to create vibrant and sustainable neighborhoods. Alongside exploring green urban design, the session will delve into approaches to redesigning Hong Kong’s urban sprawl, in a mission to enhance its interconnectivity.

Our panelists will also share insights into how urban green spaces contribute to improving air quality, reducing urban heat island effects, promoting biodiversity, and enhancing the well-being of residents. Drawing inspiration from cutting-edge urban design projects in Hong Kong and across Asia, delegates will learn about innovative design approaches, sustainable landscaping techniques, and community engagement strategies to reshape urban spaces.

Learnings

  • What are the innovative design approaches and strategies for integrating green spaces within urban built environments?
  • How can we examine the positive impacts of urban green spaces and enhanced urban interconnectivity on the physical and mental health of residents?
  • What are the sustainable landscaping practices that can be employed in urban green spaces to optimize resource efficiency, water conservation, and biodiversity preservation?
  • How can we utilize urban design as a tool to build spaces powered by community connectivity, multi-modal mobility, and environmental resilience?

Post-event Actions

  • Be able to encourage delegates to become advocates for the development and maintenance of urban spaces within their local communities.
  • Inspire delegates and colleagues to simultaneously incorporate the principles of environment and people-centric urban spaces in their future projects and developments.
  • Encourage delegates to share the knowledge and insights gained from the session with their professional networks and colleagues.
  • Encourage delegates to actively engage with policymakers and local authorities to advocate for the development and implementation of policies that prioritize the creation and maintenance of community-driven urban spaces.

Speakers

Belinda Esterhammer

The DO Asia

Managing Director

Belinda is the Managing Director of The DO Asia, an award winning social impact platform with a mission to enable companies and individuals to thrive in a purposeful economy that is sustainable and innovative. She is passionate about championing new forms of learning that will help us all thrive in it.

Prior to joining The DO, Belinda founded a marketing consultancy, spearheaded the APAC community growth for a global tech community and led high-profile marketing campaigns for a “Big 4” female entrepreneur program.

She is an experienced international speaker, facilitator, community builder and innovation expert.

Agnes Cheng

Parks and Trails

CEO

Agnes Cheng is currently CEO of Parks and Trails, a non-profit organization dedicated to elevating the appreciation and awareness towards Hong Kong’s vibrant natural environment, and empowering people to care for and protect it.

Agnes was qualified as a solicitor in Hong Kong in 2001. In 2008, after working as a WTO project lead for 4 years, her growing interest in developing country issues led her to shift to a non-profit career track. From 2009 – 2022, she was Head of Esquel Group’s corporate foundation focusing on rural education and has experience working in many parts of rural Asia.

In 2015, Agnes teamed up with a few hiking friends and started advocating about excessive use of concrete on Hong Kong’s natural trails, which has since brought together the government, NGOs and the public collaborating towards a new model of trail maintenance.

My Sustainability Goals for 2024:

  • Provide more education resources and participation opportunities on the topic of Nature and Climate Change for different sectors of Hong Kong society.
  • Enhance the use of technology and citizen science in engaging and educating the public; providing impactful services for nature lovers to enjoy and protect nature.
  • Enhance engagement with the government on the topic of trails and nature conservation and the relationship with Hong Kong’s climate resilience.

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