On November 18, Fellows were invited for cocktails and conversation with Duncan Pescod and Luke Fox on building a new waterfront cultural district in Hong Kong.

The West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) is an international arts hub rising along 40 hectares of infill land in Victoria Harbour. Financed by a $2.8 billion public endowment, the project consists of an expansive public park and 17 planned venues, including a new visual arts museum, an opera house, and an experimental performance venue.

Initially conceived to boost international tourism, the project has evolved through several phases of public consultation to emphasize use by local residents and promote traditional Chinese art and performance. In a city facing immense housing pressures and ongoing political turmoil, the project has ignited controversy due to cost overruns and a late decision to build a satellite for Beijing’s Palace Museum on site.

Duncan Pescod, Luke Fox, and Vincent Chang discussed: How can waterfront development focused on culture and recreation bolster economic development and foster local identity?


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Guest Policy ↓

The Urban Design Forum promotes conversation between invited civic leaders, designers, developers and advocates. Attendance is exclusively available to Fellows of the Forum. Learn more about becoming a Fellow.


Our Sponsors ↓

This program is made possible through the support of KPF, Rose Associates, SOHO China, Hines, Hudson Yards – Related and Oxford Properties, our Director’s Circle and Fellows.

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About Private Development, Public Good ↓

This event is the eighth of our Private Development & Public Good program, a conversation series with civic leaders from New York’s peer cities. On its 40th anniversary, the Urban Design Forum launched its new Global Exchange program, to foster dialogue between New York and its peer cities as they pioneer new approaches to housing, infrastructure and open space.


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