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The New Industry

When it comes to defining the flow of people, the LandsD is aware of the difficulty in defining generally “relatively higher visitor flow”. For example, a situation involving children or the elderly will be different from that involving adults who are physically agile. At present, the Government is basically against any flow of public visitors in industrial buildings, and not only activities that will attract a large number of public visitors to industrial buildings.

One estimate predicts this shifting behavior will increase demand for cold storage solutions by 100 million square feet within the next five years. The world of industrial building is constantly adapting alongside changes with the economy, consumer behavior, and technology. Hotels usually have cooling demands in restaurants, congress halls etc. which require installation of a refrigerating plant. At the same time, there is a great demand for sanitary hot water throughout the year. For this reason, heat pumps for heating and cooling of hotels are very efficient and economical.

The new Amager Resource Center in the east of Copenhagen, which was finished in 2017, is far more than just an aesthetic eye-catcher. On the one hand, state-of the art technology is put to use in the garbage-fired power plant, which makes it one of the most efficient and cleanest in the world. On the other hand, the residents of Copenhagen who live next to the garbage disposal plant benefit from it, in addition to the supply of green heat energy and electricity, in a totally unexpected and different way. An appeal is made to the public to minimise visiting the LandsD’s offices in person unless necessary. The public can purchase most map products from Hong Kong Map Service 2.0 and can file enquiries or complaints as well as requests for services online or through other electronic means. Due to the special work arrangements, the processing of various enquiries, complaints and applications may be delayed and it may take a longer time to provide a reply.

Yet, current revitalisation measures of industrial buildings overemphasised economic dimension and neglect social costs. With more and more industrial buildings revitalised for office, hotel and commercial uses, low-income local artist, small business and urban poverty occupying industrial buildings are gradually driven out, but the poverty problem is not solved. What is more, this has intensified conflicts between users, developers and the Government. Currently, little evidence has been found that quality of life of local residents has been improved. To cope with these bottlenecks, big moves have been made with a new package of measures announced in 2009 and been put into practice in 2010 to promote revitalisation of industrial buildings.

It is found that simply relieving the regulations and institutional constraints in revitalisation does not work, either for the policy aim in a narrow sense or for the local economy in a broad sense. New revitalisation measures by the Government have led to new constraints in revitalisation. This paper presents an opening statement of discussing effectiveness of revitalisation policy in terms of urban competitiveness. It advocates some general principles and goals been taken into account in making revitalisation policy, including industrial diversity, indigenously owned companies, social costs and quality of life. These responses then change the policy background instantly, leading to policy lag and thus threaten policy effectiveness. Since the aim of revitalising industrial buildings in Hong Kong at the very beginning is for the re-building of urban competitiveness, it is necessary to discuss policy effectiveness from a perspective of urban competitiveness.

Broccolini, the Montreal developer behind the $200-million Amazon project that opened in 2019, is not named in the new application. Take the first steps to designing a resource-efficient light industry building with EDGE. Solving the heavy energy and water consumption of a building and discovering ways to avoid waste sets up a manufacturer for greater profit. Interior fixtures and fittings in the library, the café, the laboratories and the offices were designed by Mecanoo. Civic Architects, a leading expert in public architecture joined forces with Braaksma & Roos and Inside-Outside/Petra Blaise, experts in interior and landscape design with extensive experience in textile-based interventions.

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