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The Chinese University of Hong Kong – Cloth Market: Folk’s Version

By on August 30, 2016
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Contact name and title
Mee Kam Ng, Professor


Title of activity
Cloth Market: Folk's Version

Description of activity
The Urban Studies Programme at the Chinese University of Hong Kong together with local concern groups, urban planners, architects and fashion design related professionals have worked together to try to save the demise of a local fabric market from demolition. The temporary market has been 'temporary' one for 38 years and the government would like to use the land for housing development. The group has worked together to encourage the participation of the cloth hawkers and users of the market to formulate alternative options to sustain the development of the market, turning it into a hub for local economic development. The proposal is to relocate the market to 'leftover' space under a flyover and transform it into a facility that not only sells cloths, but also integrates with designing workshops and fashion shows etc. More importantly, it will also consider how to integrate with homeless people who are currently occupying part of the site. The whole project challenges the top-down planning culture in Hong Kong and also attempts to search for a planning option that can resolve multiple problems, turning a saga into something positive at multiple fronts.
Sustainable Development Goal 11 targets relating to activity
11.3 By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries

Main themes of this activity
Planning and Design
Changes that took place as a result of this activity
In the past, the market might just vanished. However, the campaign has alerted some of the politicians and government officials and different parties have been investigating the possibility of turning a saga into something more constructive and positive.
How the impact of the activity was measured
The number of people joining the activities. Eventual results of the whole planning exercise.
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