The success of Community Fiesta marks a new milestone in our second pilot scheme - the “Green Cadogan” Community Edu-tainment Space is finally publicized for comments! At the event last Sunday, our team presented the initial proposal to the crowd. The pilot scheme envisions to establish a green, sustainable, shared open space that is curated “by the locals, for the locals”.
Over the past 6 months, we have been working hand-in-hand with Wisdom Regeneration to understand the community’s need through survey, interviews and site visits. After rounds of discussion with local stakeholders, we then put forward the initial design with our design advisor, “The Office as a Project”. We believed that the reactivation of the available land resources not only echoes the government’s waste reduction policies, but could also alleviate the lack of community facilities in the district, and create a focal point that inherits the past and engage the community.
1) Repair & upcycling workshop: Provides basic repairing tools and work-desks to support preliminary recycling, upcycling and repairing work
2) Multi-purpose activity room: Offers a flexible, multi-functional space for community members,local groups and schools to organize activities
3) Public lounge & swapping area: Opens to the public on regular hours, available for swap parties and social gatherings
4) Community recycling station: Equipped with recycling bins, notice boards and temporary storage area
With the hope to incorporate community aspirations into the “Green Cadogan” proposal, our team will continue to organize engagement events to encourage wider public participation. We welcome everyone to voice out your opinion, hope to see you at our upcoming event!
More details on "Green Cadogan" Initiative:http://bit.do/eRH4m
Thanks to Wisdom Regeneration, supporting organizations and our dearest kai-fongs, the “Green Cadogan” Community Fiesta was successfully held last Sunday! With over 150 participants, our day was made perfect by brilliant sunshine and loads of laughters.
Gathered around the grassy lawn, old kai-fongs shared the less known stories that happened once upon a time in Kennedy Town. Many participated in our green workshops, while others joined the Project Spaces to upcycle 3,000 bottle lids, all collected from the district, into an art piece. A highlight of the day was the lion dance and martial art performance by the Kennedy Kung-Fu masters, who have lived in Kennedy Town for generations. The event was concluded with Urban Diary’s screening on “Tales of Shui Hau”, where participants embraced the past and future of their neighbourhood while enjoying homemade refreshments.
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The Cadogan Street Temporary Garden is the valuable public space in Kennedy Town. But do you ever know history of the park which was the ex-wholesale market back in 1937 and has been relocated in 1990s?
On April 28 (Sun), Very Hong Kong will co-host the “Green Cadogan Community Fiesta” with Wisdom Regeneration and community groups in the Garden. Join us from 2-9pm for a fun afternoon with upcycling workshops, swap party, music performances, “Tales of Shui Hau” outdoor screening, “Kennedy Time Traveler” photo display and guided tours that delve into the neighbourhood’s less-known history.
We will also present their initial placemaking proposal, the “Green Cadogan” Community Edu-tainment Space to reactivate 7 ex-market booths into green community hub, with a series of panel displays and interactive community envisioning exercises with our Design Partner, The Office as a Project. We look forward to learning your views and involvement in the engagement session!
Remember to save the date and together, let’s embrace the past and future of the Cadogan Street Garden!
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As the semester comes to an end in April, our co-founder, Mrs. Margaret Brooke, has been invited by Prof. Mee Kam Ng, Programme Director of CUHK Urban Studies Programme, to join the students at their final course presentation. After months of in-depth research, we were delighted to witness students’ work coming into fruition!
In preparation for their final proposal, students had conducted over 120 on-site investigation on vacant land available for short-term community uses. Based on findings from their baseline studies and community interviews, students then developed a neighbourhood improvement proposal for 6 respective districts. Some of which includes setting up the Ping Shan Heritage Trail “House of Stories”; creating an inclusive multi-purpose space for Tsuen Wan’s ethnic minorities; providing extra room for artists and photographers in Shatin; and starting up an education centre that serves grassroot students in North District. A heartfelt thank you to all, who have put so much effort and thoughts into the proposals! Their field work will also contribute to CollaborateHK’s vacant site directory, which will be available for free public access in the future!
Ever since we embarked on the journey to empower bottom-up placemaking initiatives, CollaborateHK has been keen to advocate interdisciplinary cooperation among locals, professionals, policy makers and funders. We believe that in an age of growing diversity, neighbourhood planning could no longer remain as an individual’s task, but rather, should pool the best of every sector to realize a community-backed, sustainable project that generates benefits for all.
Most recently, we have been invited by the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Social Work Department to share how CollaborateHK recalibrates cross-sector collaboration in community building projects.
Our recent “Green Cadogan” pilot scheme perfectly showcased how professional designers and community members interact, learn and inspire each other throughout the plan-envisioning process. With the generous help from the Office as a Project architects, the team has confidently transformed creative local aspirations into doable layout plans. You are most welcomed to meet the masterminds behind the scene and witness their fruits of hard work at our 4.28 Community Fiesta!
If you share our vision to drive seeable changes in the built environment, stand with us to spark endless possibilities for a more liveable future!
Following the “Shing Wong Street Community Living Room”, CollaborateHK is proud to present to you our second pilot project - the “Green Cadogan” Community Edu-tainment Space!
The “Green Cadogan” scheme aspires to re-activate 14 ex-market booths in Cadogan Street Garden, Kennedy Town. Standing for over 70 years, these booths have humbly witnessed the vigorous wholesale market operations of the 1950s, their relocation in 1991, and the creation of a Temporary Cadogan Garden in 2000s. More recently, as a result of the community’s triumph over Town Planning Board’s decision to rezone this temporary open space for residential development, the government has finally approved to keep the greenery and ex-market booths for good.
Surviving demolition but suffering a fate of deterioration, these 14 booths are in a sorry state due to minimal maintenance. Currently, 7 of which are being used for government storage, while the others are in desperate need for better usage.
In light of the Government’s recent initiatives to strengthen waste reduction policies, rising local environmental awareness, and a common interest in conserving a piece of Hong Kong’s history, could the Cadogan booths seize their chance to serve the community again? As some locals proposed, could these booths function as a green community hub offering spaces for all to socialize, have fun and bring sustainable living into play?
Over the coming months, CollaborateHK will organize a range of public engagement programmes in collaboration with Wisdom Regeneration and other local partners. We'd love to learn your insights towards the initiative. Stay tuned for further announcements, let’s us all work to rejuvenate this fantastic space together!
With 2019 upon us, we’ll be featuring a selection of unique STT sites that could potentially be transformed into a fun, loving place for all every Thursday. Let’s uncover hidden gems and their potential uses across the city together!
We first featured a 2700 sq. feet STT in Sheung Wan - offering an excellent location with terrific connectivity, which maybe great for passive recreation.
To let government land #1
DLO No.: DLOHKW&S044
Location: Government land behind Caine Road Garden at Caine Road & Seymour Road, Sheung Wan
District: Central & Western
Area(sq. metre): 256
Estimated Available Period: about 2 to 3 years
Site Conditions: (a) Flat (b) pedestrian access only
Remarks: Long term use (Government, institution or community)
(Site information source: Lands Department)
Since the beginning of our journey in promoting bottom-up community initiatives, CollaborateHK has been blessed with overwhelming support across government departments, professional institutes and the civil society. Recently, we are grateful that the government has increased funding and support towards NGO’s STT applications.
In late January, the Legislative Council’s Finance Committee has approved the Development Bureau’s funding scheme, which reserves $1 billion to sponsor NGOs taking up vacant government land. As such, each eligible STT project may apply for a maximum of $60 million to cover basic site restoration works, professional consultancy services and insurance. A simpler and transparent system for funding approval has been called for; professional institutes were also encouraged to share their expertise with NGOs in need.
At the same time, Lands Department has also announced clearer STT application guidelines.
In light of heated debates over land shortages and allocations in Hong Kong, it is time for the government and civil society to think out of the box. Constrained by their size, shape and accessibility, most vacant land listed on Lands Department’s Short Term Tenancy (STT) for community uses are unsuitable for housing nor long term development. However, we believe these sites could bring magnificent social impacts when all sectors join hands to reimagine community spaces that reflects public aspirations.
Starting this semester, CollaborateHK is checking-in at the CUHK campus to share our vision and community-backed placemaking initiatives. Special thanks must be given to Professor Mee Kam NG, Program Director of Urban Studies Program at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, who has kindly offered us an opportunity to network with 50 keen, deligent future urban leaders in class. Through a series of interactive lectures and field work, students will investigate STTs in different districts, identify local needs and concerns with stakeholders, and develop a placemaking proposal that meets community aspirations. We look forward to learning their creative schemes at the final presentation!
Have you ever imagined what magic can wall-paintings do? As simple as beautifying the vacant back alley, an inclusive, participatory colour-adding exercise could also stimulate social interactions and bond the neighbourhood!
With lots of laughters, paints and music, our community wall-painting day was successfully held in mid-December! Co-organized in partnership with a local green group - Wisdom Regeneration, the event has attracted over 50 kai-fongs and art lovers to get creative in redecorating an underused community space in Sai Wan. Many mentioned that there is limited room for community-based art jamming nowadays, thus encouraged us to host more events of its kind in the future.
More photos on Very Hong Kong facebook.
Sai Wan IG Pier, the newly opened Central and Western District Promenade, and the grassy Cadogan Street Garden... are these on the top of your head when we talk about public spaces in Kennedy Town?
With the aim to understand public's perception towards current provision of community facilities in Kennedy Town, we are conducting a survey to learn your insights on the topic.
Please spend 2-3 mins to complete the survey.
While we await the Lands Department’s official approval to fence-off the Shing Wong Street vacant site, VeryHK and Friends of the 30 Houses Neighbourhood will continue to engage and collaborate with local stakeholders.
In late October, we presented the CollaborateHK report and our pilot scheme to the Central and Western District Councilors, social-welfare providers and local concern groups at the DC meeting. Thanks for all their support and advice!
After several rounds of community engagement and insight collection, we have finally submitted the “Shing Wong Street Community Living Room” proposal to the Lands Department on October 18, 2018.
A big thank you to everyone involved, especially the enthusiastic locals who haveoffered us invaluable support and feedbacks in order to take the project forward. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for the pending 3 year short-term tenancy approval, and we all look forward to opening up the fenced off space for community use soon!
On October 18 2018, VeryHK launched the study report - CollaborateHK: A New Approach to Community Initiatives, along with the "Shing Wong Street Community Living Room" pilot project. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for the latest updates!
For CollaborateHK report download, please visit: www.collaboratehk.org
For decades, the stairs of Shing Wong Street have not only retained the unique character of the neighbourhood, but also offered valuable opportunities for users to interact and have fun.
A day before the 30 Houses Yulan Festival, Very Hong Kong and local neighboursturned these historic steps into an outdoor theater! Two short films were shown, one documenting curious stories behind the PMQ revitalization, and the other about traditional local Yulan practices. The event ended with a walking tour along Staunton Street, where participants witnessed preparations of the Yulan ceremony.
Stayed tuned for more upcoming community events, the next one could be just around the corner!
On Aug 19, taking a step forward from the CollaborateHK Sandbox, Shing Wong team seized their chance to engage the public in the “Community Living Room” scheme.
Through panel displays, guided tours and interactive dialogues on-site, all participants were empowered to voice their thoughts on the proposal and future community development.
A big thank you to all participants, kai-fongs, shopkeepers and our event co-organizer Central and Western Concern Group for all the support. In the coming weeks, we’ll incorporate these community aspirations into the pilot scheme. Let's collaborate to create beloved public spaces for all to enjoy!
Following the Sandbox Charette, a Summit was held in May. The event attracted a wider audience: government officials, scholars, business and media representatives included. The 8 Sandbox teams were given the stage to present further developed design concepts with graphical illustrations. All presentations proved stellar upon the wonderful feedback received on the day.
The event was wrapped up with a panel discussion on the topic: “ Community’s Role in shaping a Liveable City”. A special thanks and mention to all of our guest speakers for a fruitful and engaging conversation.
In March, we hosted the first ever Sandbox event in town - the CollaborateHK Sandbox Charrette, for a round of community envisioning exercise.
The 24 hour workshop brought together over 100 participants from all walks of life, including community leaders, scholars, professionals, and business representatives. Participants were split into 8 groups to propose a feasible and creative framework for a chosen site. In an advisory clinic, each team had the opportunity to meet with practicing professionals from various industries to discuss the viability of their proposals, before coming together once again to present their innovative ideas.
A big thank you to all our participants and advisors for making the event a success!
Are you ready to creatively redefine HK’s public spaces? VHK’s community-led event is back for a third run, and we want you to get involved!
“Very Aberdeen” presented by Very Hong Kong will be coming to the Aberdeen Promenade on 15 May 2016 (Sunday). We’ve opened the call for event proposals, and everyone is welcome to submit your creative ideas on transforming the waterfront into something uniquely HK. It can be by art, culture, recreation, lifestyle, music – anything you can think of!
Very Ferry Pier June 2014 event highlight:
Experience Wanchai Ferry Pier as you’ve never experienced it before….
A week end packed with creative activities for everyone - from “Duckyland” creative LEGO workshop, urban sketches, live street music performances, an enormous ‘Under The Sea’ communal wall drawing, pop up short film screenings, experimental public art performance, Chinese ink painting and a host of creative workshops. There’s something for everyone so head down to Wanchai Ferry Pier to join in the fun!
Very Ferry Pier
Date: 21st and 22nd June 2014
Venue: The Wanchai (East) Star Ferry Pier (East Wing)
Are you ready to creatively redefine the City's public spaces in 2014? VHK will be hosting the next community led event at Wanchai Ferry Pier and we want YOU to get involved!
"Very Ferry Pier", organized by Very Hong Kong, will be taking place June 2014. We have officially issued an open call for event proposals for 'Very Ferry Pier' and welcome any creative ideas to transform the ferry pier whether it be art, culture, food, recreation, lifestyle, music etc…
Download the Very Ferry Pier 2013 open call information pack.
and e-mail us your proposal at firstname.lastname@example.org. The submission deadline is 30th April.
Very Hong Kong Supports Street Performers. A special thanks goes out to The Flame who perform live every Saturday at Times Square.
sdLast night saw the city's first independent, community-founded festival, Very Hong Kong, announce its much anticipated headline events during "A Very Hong Kong Sketch Night"; bringing together the public, creative industry bodies, partners and potential collaborators at The Space Gallery, Sheung Wan.
Very Hong Kong, the city's first independent, annual program encouraging a mix of community-founded arts, culture, design and creative events cemented its position on Hong Kong's city calendar on 25th June - hosting a launch forum for industry bodies, potential partners and creative collaborators at the Duke of Windsor Building in Wan Chai.