Hong Kong CAV design sprint

We are very excited to have completed our second event in Asia, in Hong Kong, home to Buro Happold’s largest office in the region.

Peter Cookson Smith (Urbis), Stephen Tang (Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design) and Francis Walker (Corgan), brainstorm solutions with their group to reclaim the urban streets in Kai Tak.

The Design Sprint was co-organised with The Idea, a policy focused think tank lead by Ms Maura Wong and was held at the INFINITI Lab. A group of influential architects, transport planners, policy advisers and transport companies all participated in the workshop, debating their views and imagining Hong Kong’s future.

Ryan Gilbert (BuroHappold) and his group which included Parry Li (Uber), Stephen Jones (Woods Bagot) and Oren Tatcher (OTC) and Peter Morley (HASSELL), debate about the pros and cons of CAVs in Hong Kong.

Vehicles and roads dominate street space in HK despite high pedestrian demand – cultural change is required.
Discovery Bay Discussion Team

John Gregson (BuroHappold) and Maura Wong (The Idea) lead the discussion in their group for CAVs opportunities in Discovery Bay.

Hong Kong is a vibrant city with an extremely well developed public transport system, managing over 80% of the travel demand. Private car use is not the norm and point-to-point transit is also supported by a well-developed taxi network. However, even with this high proportion of public transport use, Hong Kong’s roads are often congested. Technologies that have the potential to disrupt the balance and reduce ridership of the MTR, buses and trams in the city whilst putting more cars on the roads would therefore put enormous pressure on road infrastructure already in high demand.

Francis Walker (Corgan) presents his group’s idea for reclaiming the streets in Kai Tak.

The focus of the Sprint was to discuss the opportunities for CAVs in Hong Kong and to identify any difficulties that might arise once they are adopted. Besides integration with public transport, participants also reflected on urban areas that have the potential to become test-beds in the city. The role of public authorities was highlighted with respect to their power to manage and guide CAV pilots and to keep the focus on people centred urban development.

Nick Greenwood (BuroHappold) presents his group’s idea for reclaiming the streets at the Hong Kong Science Park.

Government and relevant authorities need to be proactive in managing and regulating for CAVs, as their roll-out is led by private car manufacturers and tech firms and will arrive sooner than most people think.
Discovery Bay Discussion Team

The Design Sprint was attended by INFINITI, who presented their vision of the future of automobiles. They also emphasised the speed of technological improvements and put the ability of cars to navigate autonomously to happen within the next 5 years.

Maura Wong (The Idea) concludes the Hong Kong Design Sprint with her views on the future of CAVs in Hong Kong.

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