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The Global Liveability Index, compiled and announced annually by The Economist, has ranked 140 cities worldwide based on various extrinsic and intrinsic factors, proving that the concept of “liveability” is apparently, quite quantifiable. For professional architects and city planners, how should a city develop its liveability? And, what are the determining factors behind the process of urbanization?

From a macro point of view, the symposium will begin with a discussion on how current social structure and urban planning would impact the future of a city, followed by an in-depth analysis on development trends in cities in southern China, including both Hong Kong and Macau. Finally, a conversational session will be led by the hosts to further evaluate the topics covered in the symposium, guiding the audience to continually ponder on the issues.

This is a speaker line-up that you would not want to miss out, come join us if you are interested in urban development!

Introduction & Opening Remarks: 9:45 – 10:30
Session 1 – Marco Perspective: 10:30 – 11:30
Session 2 – Hong Kong Perspective: 11:30 – 13:00
Session 3 – China Perspective: 14:00 – 15:30
Session 4 – Panel Discussion: 15:30 – 17:00

Speaker List:
► Session 1: Marco Perspective
Moderator:
Tim Stonor / Founding Partner, Space Syntax Limited; International Curatorial Advisor, 2019 Hong Kong Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture
Speakers:
Samuel Tse / Economist, Group Research of DBS Bank (Hong Kong) Limited
Stephen Engblom / Senior Vice President, AECOM (by tele-conference)
Quinnie Li / General Manager, Building Research Establishment China

► Session 2: Hong Kong Perspective (Hosted by RIBA HK Chapter)
Moderator:
Chris Law / Founding Director, The Oval partnership
Speakers:
Donald Choi / Chief Executive Officer, Chinachem Group
Felix Li / Director, TFP Farrells Limited, The Hong Kong Institute of Architects President
Ruth Bailey / Regional Director, Advisory Team Leader, Head of Strategy APAC, Faithful & Gould
Manfred Yuen / Founder and Director, Groundwork, Architects & Associates Ltd.

► Session 3: China Perspective
Moderator:
Allan Ting / Founding Principal & Design Director, ADARC associates ltd
Speakers:
Benjamin, Ip Wai-Bun / Group Director, P&T Group Hong Kong
Tom Kwan / Founder & publisher, GreenSpring Media Ltd.,
Prof. Xiao Yi-qiang / Deputy Dean, School of Architecture, South China
University of Technology
Prof. Li Jin-kui / Research Director, China Development Institute
Wu Wen-yuan / CEO, Shen Zhen APECLAND Design

► Session 4: Panel Discussion
Moderator:
Roger Wu / Chief Curator, 2019 Hong Kong Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture
Panellists:
Tim Stonor / Founding Partner, Space Syntax Limited; International Curatorial Advisor, 2019 Hong Kong Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture
Chris Law / Founding Director, The Oval Partnership
Allan Ting / Founding Principal & Design Director, ADARC Associate Ltd.
Joel Chan / President, Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design
Lawrence Chau / President, The Hong Kong Institute of Planners

Our programmes use the first-come-first-serve system. For successful participants, we will issue email confirmation 5 days before the programme date.