By Wong Wah Sang
Within the 1999 coverage tackle by means of Hong Kong's leader govt, Mr Tung Chee-hwa, one significant objective indexed is 'Making Hong Kong an amazing domestic . . . each citizen, each company, each govt division and bureau have to commence operating in partnership to accomplish what's often called ''sustainable development''.' This publication goals to inspire an ecological method of layout and making plans in an attempt 'to construct Hong Kong right into a world-class city'. The ebook is split into 4 elements which specialise in quite a few elements of environmental issues in structure. the 1st half discusses huge problems with environmental making plans and sustainability. the second one half covers environmental suggestions in architectural layout. The 3rd half offers with environmental components and explores how they are often addressed. The final half information the suitable environmental laws in Hong Kong. This booklet is meant as either a reference for execs in addition to a textbook for collage scholars.
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The introduction of environmental impact assessment procedures, although not always integrated into the land use system per se, has nonetheless assisted in strengthening treatment of crucial land development - environment interface issues. 6 A major aspect of this is the need for a more holistic approach whereby 'environment' is not merely a residual issue, but achieves a sustainable balance with development. A clear impact such as a harbour reclamation should, for example, be set against opportunities for a more genuinely sustainable urban area.
In a similar way, planting can be used in skycourts - atrium spaces recessed into the fagade that provide transition areas between internal working areas and the outside. Such areas can also serve as visual amenities and landscape zones for social meeting places, providing recreation and leisure facilities associated with the external environment. New urban buildings might very well utilize a range of high and low technologies. 'Nerve centres' within buildings that continually gather and transmit information and programme their own energy-saving response can be complemented by low-tech elements such as roof canopies and sun-screens.
Such areas can also serve as visual amenities and landscape zones for social meeting places, providing recreation and leisure facilities associated with the external environment. New urban buildings might very well utilize a range of high and low technologies. 'Nerve centres' within buildings that continually gather and transmit information and programme their own energy-saving response can be complemented by low-tech elements such as roof canopies and sun-screens. C. Smith These would act to reduce glare and 'stretch' the facade while providing a new design aesthetic of climatic moderators, which control light and heat energy.