Kowloon East has long been recognized as a traditional industrial base. This region witnessed the rapid development of Hong Kong in the old days. However, following relocation of the Airport to Chek Lap Kok and manufacturing base to the Mainland, lots of industrial buildings have become vacant. Some private developers, with good market sense, took the first-mover initiatives to develop high grade office buildings. To take advantage of this opportunity, the Chief Executive announced in the 2011-12 Policy Address that the Government will adopt a visionary, coordinated and integrated approach to transform Kowloon East into another Central Business District.
In recent years, many countries have been devoted significant resources to develop Smart Cities. It is a rising concept which aims to facilitate city management and enhance residents' quality of life via efficient use of resources and service delivery. It is believed that smart city development can play an important role in the transformation of Kowloon East by offering innovative and sustainable urban development solutions.
This seminar will outline the development of Kowloon East as a smart city pilot project, with particular emphasis on the conceptual plan for energizing Kowloon East and the implementation of various smart city initiatives, including enhanced urban design, land sale conditions review, and improvement to connectivity and the associated infrastructures. Moreover, smart city framework to create a green and smart neighbourhood will be discussed.