‘Reimagining Des Voeux Road Central’ Exhibition of Future Planning Visions

Tue, Mar 15, 2016    10am

A green boulevard for people amid Central, why not?

Severe traffic congestion, consistently high levels of air pollution – these are some of the critical problems facing Des Voeux Road Central. Located in the Central Business District of Hong Kong, the street is one of the busiest and most polluted areas in the city. Urged by the alarming situation, DVRC Initiative proposes to redevelop the area into a Tram & Pedestrian Precinct, and now welcomes visitors at ‘Reimagining Des Voeux Road Central Central’ Exhibition at Central Oasis in Central, which by showcasing a selection of visionary ideas by DVRC Design Studios, engages the public in an inspiring dialogue on our sustainable future.

According to a study conducted by The City University of Hong Kong and Civic Exchange, the air pollution along DVRC is worse than Connaught Road Central and Queen’s Road Central, despite lower traffic flow. On average, there are 4,000 – 8,000 pedestrians per hour on DVRC. These pedestrians are severely affected by DVRC’s crippling air quality. Tall buildings with contiguous facades line both sides of DVRC creating a canyon effect which greatly suppresses the dispersion of air pollutants. The crowded and unpleasant pedestrian environment drives people to take road transportation, even for short walking distances, further exacerbating traffic, congestion and air pollution along DVRC.

Co-organized by DVRC Initiative, University of Hong Kong and Columbia University GSAPP Studio-X, the exhibition aims to spark the public’s imagination about how Des Voeux Road Central can be transformed into a pedestrianized, green thoroughfare—and one of Hong Kong’s great public spaces—in the CBD of Central.

Focusing on the HKU-Columbia research and collaboration, within the context of the broader initiative, the exhibition will present both the conceptual and very real possibilities for re-imagining Des Voeux Road Central and rethinking the entire Central Business District through design, architecture, and urbanism. These ground-breaking ideas envision a highly possible lush-green precinct for pedestrian and trams, reviving the area of abundant public space, cultural elements and artscape. DVRC Initiative believes Des Voeux Road Central can be an experimental start, from which we shape the directions of the city’s future sustainable planning.

Besides this exhibition, another initiative, “Let’s Play in the Tak” is taking on the street, where playful installations and a series of activities spanning alleys and lanes reconnect people with their city. The general public are invited to join the conversation by expressing their views at the exhibition, or on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #dvrchk.

Date: March 15, 2016 - March 28, 2016

Venue: Zone C, Central Oasis, 2/F Central Market, 80 Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong

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