It has been amazing to be part of the WAF award winning team. When you look across the range and quality of projects put forward for the WAF Awards, to be short listed and then become associated with the overall winner is a momentous achievement for Grant Associates.
Director - Grant Associates
Date posted: 22/10/08
C.J. Lim told the audience at the first seminar of the World Architecture Festival, which focused on China, that `We want a social programme for the farming community. We want them to be the eco-warriors of China.´
At present, what happens, Lim told the audience, is that agricultural land is taken out of production for the creation of cities. This is a particular problem in parts of south China, which currently supply most of the food used in Hong Kong.
Lim has developed a proposal for the city of Guangming in south China that would combine agriculture and development. It creates a number of mounds from waste which Lim likens to the Tower of Babel. These would have terraces that the inhabitants of the buildings could use for food production.
Other speakers on the panel were Wong Lu, editor in chief of World Architecture (China), Kenneth Poon of Davis Langdon Hong Kong, and Michael Kwok, director of Arup Hong Kong and China.
Poon discussed changing attitudes to conservation in China, which in some ways he felt was following earlier trends in Hong Kong. There, 20 years ago, the only concern was to maximise the value from a site. In extreme cases, he said, that could mean `knocking down a completed building before it was occupied, and replacing it with one that could earn more money.´ Now, he said, that attitude was changing. But in China, he warned, rural land rights are very complex. If a new attitude is to become possible, it will require reform of those rights, to allow agglomeration of land into larger parcels.