Last night, our Hong Kong studio teamed up with our client The Great Room to co-host a panel discussion titled, ‘Breathing space: A regenerative approach to designing places’. The event explored the role that green, public and third spaces play in transformative urban regeneration and social sustainability and how these spaces – from pocket parks to precinct scale – can have cumulative positive effects for a city.
A select group of clients and industry contacts were invited to attend the discussion, which featured a diverse panel of speakers: Winnie Wong, General Manager - Projects, Hysan Development, Dr Yin-Lun Chan, Chair of Centre for Community Cultural Development (CCCD) and Jaelle Ang, Co-founder and CEO, The Great Room. The discussion was moderated by Jenny Zhang, Director of ESG and Decarbonization, Urban Land Institute APAC, and the evening was opened by Peter Morley, Hassell Hong Kong Managing Principal, and Carrie Ho, Hassell Principal.
Like many cities around the world, Hong Kong is facing a pivotal, exciting and challenging moment as it starts to emerge from the pandemic. As we collectively reflect on the past few years, we know that people’s habits and desires have changed and that they’re craving different types of spaces to work, rest and socialise.
“Sustainable community is essential for Hong Kong and is one of the drivers of the Hassell design process. We are grateful to be able to host this open discussion with such a fantastic group of panel speakers,” said Carrie Ho.
The event was held at The Great Room’s new flagship location (currently still under construction) at Cheung Kong Center in the heart of Hong Kong’s Central District. Designed by Hassell and now the fifth project we’ve worked on together, The Great Room is much more than a workspace – the brand is a leader in hospitality-inspired co-working experiences.
Back at our Hong Kong studio, we are also currently hosting a synonymous exhibition called ‘Breathing space: A regenerative approach to designing places’ that delves into some of Hassell’s current and recent projects that demonstrate our thinking and experience around creating sustainable communities. The exhibition is open to the public and runs from 28 November – 16 December 2022. Tickets can be booked through Eventbrite.
Both ‘Breathing space’ events are Satellite Events of BODW CityProg.
Photography by Berton Chang