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URA to hold international conference on urban renewal to celebrate 15th anniversary

The Urban Renewal Authority today (Wednesday) announced that it will host an international conference on 10 June 2016 on the occasion of its 15th Anniversary to bring together a panel of leading experts from around the world to discuss and share their knowledge and experience in urban regeneration.

Entitled "Bringing Innovations to Urban Renewal", the full-day conference will focus on the discussion of urban development and restoration of building structures which will be exemplified by thought-provoking case studies of different cities with the aim to shed light on the best way forward for the development of urban renewal in Hong Kong. The conference will be held at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Chairman of the Urban Renewal Authority, Mr Victor So, said: "As a dynamic and forward looking organisation, the URA is organising this international conference on the occasion of its 15th anniversary, to provide a platform to stimulate knowledge and expertise exchange on urban planning and regeneration which in turn will offer new insights and ideas in taking Hong Kong's urban renewal to the next level."

The URA is honoured to have the presence of the Financial Secretary, Mr John Tsang, who will be the Guest of Honour of the conference, and Mr Liu Thai Ker, former Chief Executive Officer and Chief Planner of Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority, as the keynote speaker. Professor David Lung Ping-yee, a registered architect, and Lady Edith Kotewall Professor in the Built Environment at The University of Hong Kong will give the concluding remarks at the conference. Other distinguished conference speakers include:

  • Mr Yuzuru Teramoto, Director of the Development Coordination Division, City Planning Bureau, Osaka City Government, Japan;
  • Mr Andrey Valuy, Head of Department of Urban Development and Department of Urban Planning Policy, Government of Moscow, Russia;
  • Professor Pamela Jerome, President of Architectural Preservation Studio, PC, and Adjunct Associate Professor of the Historic Preservation Program at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, USA ; and
  • Professor Teng Jin-guang, Ko Jan Ming Professor in Sustainable Structures and Materials, Chair Professor of Structural Engineering & Director of Research Institute for Sustainable Urban Development at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Admission to the conference is free. Further information about the conference can be found at