Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong Executive Series’ talks will be organized on a quarterly basis. A selected group of experts from different backgrounds will be invited to a panel conversation on different types of topics, followed by questions & answers. The events will also have appropriate time for networking and exhibition of the work related to Habitat and its supporters. In celebration of World Habitat Day on 3 October 2016, Habitat has held the World Habitat Day cum Executive Briefing , three speakers addressed the topic on “Urban slums in Hong Kong” to raise awareness among the general public on the impact of poverty housing problem in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong, one of the most advanced and dynamic economies in the Asia-Pacific region, has been rated 6 years in a row as “the least affordable city for housing” in the world. Statistics also show that Hong Kong has a staggering 19.6% of the population living in poverty. This means that roughly 1 in 5 people in Hong Kong live with earnings of approximately USD 450 (HKD 3,510) per month.In turn, many people have been living in subdivided housing units, rooftops and “caged homes”, these homes often subject to overcrowding and fire hazards.
While these facts reflect the deep wealth gap that exist in places like Hong Kong, they also relate to the wider Asian context, where millions of people have flowed to urban areas in the last decades. The influx of people into urban areas has been transforming cities in the Asia-Pacific region, carrying along the benefits of economic development and the challenges related to planning, allocation of public resources and affordability.
As is the case of Hong Kong, where vacant land no longer exists, low income people are usually forced to rent in high density, low-quality structures. How housing and poverty affects social dynamics in Hong Kong? What housing policies should be put in place to solve the issue of affordable housing in the city? What innovative strategies should be developed and implemented to ensure that the housing demand is effectively met by individuals in all economic levels? To address these questions and celebrate World Habitat Day on 3 October 2016, Habitat invites you to the panel discussion. Details as follows:
Date: Monday, 3 October 2016
Time: 12:00 – 14:00
Venue: Baker & McKenzie, 13th Floor, Hutchison House, 10 Harcourt Road, Central, Hong Kong
Topic Discuss: Urban poverty, urban slums and housing in Hong Kong; Housing policies for low income people
Tony Chan is currently the CEO of Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong. Prior to this role, Tony served as the Senior Director of International Programs for Habitat for Humanity International and was responsible for developing strategies and implementation plans for programs and operations in over 70 countries across the globe.
Vincent Ng is an award winning architect and urban designer. He is the recipient of the Young Architect Award and the 10 Outstanding Designer Award. His 30-years’ portfolio covers a diverse range of commercial and institutional architecture including residential, offices, universities, churches and healthcare facilities. He is active in public services and has been serving many Government Advisory Boards, particularly in areas of harbourfront planning, environmental protection and urban renewal. He is also a columnist writing regularly on architecture and urban design. He is currently President of the Hong Kong Institutes of Architects. He was appointed Justice of the Peace on 1 July 2014.
Yip Ngai-ming is the subject leader of urban studies in the department as well as the Chairman of the Asian Pacific Branch of the Chartered Institute of Housing, member of Hong Kong Institute of Housing, registered social worker and registered professional housing manager. His current research work is focused on urban policy, housing policy and housing management.
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