Say No to Electoral Bribes

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    Eng: http://www.hkila.com/file/news-pdf465.pdf
    Chi: http://www.hkila.com/file/news-pdf466.pdf

    Letter from Tourism Commission: Transforming Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Bus Terminus into a Piazza

    Letter dated on 12-Jan-2018

    Letter from Greening, Landscape and Tree Management Section of Development Bureau

    Letter dated on 18-Dec-2017:

    Accreditation news

    The Education Committee is pleased to announced that the HKU MLA programme has received accreditation renewal following our June visit. The MLA accreditation is effective for five years so their next accreditation should be in 2022. Meanwhile they are required to provide the HKILA with a self-evaluation report two years from now, in 2019.

    Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) has also submitted their landscape programme for accreditation. Evaluation is still in progress and results of the accreditation will be announced when result is confirmed.

    The HKILA has rolled out a new Accreditation Policy 2017. This replaces the 2012 Accreditation Policy with immediate effect. The 2017 policy can be downloaded from the HKILA website: http://www.hkila.com/file/news-pdf449.pdf

    Letter from Financial Secretary Office

    Letter dated on 21-Aug-2017:

    Reply from Transport Department: Creating a Better Pedestrian Environment to Improve Streetscape and Promote Walking

    Letter dated on 23-Aug-2017:

    Invitation for Meeting with the 4 Professional Institutes

    Letter dated on 18-Aug-2017:

    Creating a Better Pedestrian Environment to Improve Streetscape and Promote Walking

    Subsequent to the Institute's letter addressed to THB on 5 July 2017, HKILA Council Members (Tak Wong, Simon Ng, Iris Hoi) met with the new Task Force/Walkability established in the Transport Department specifically to address Hong Kong’s walkability in the evening of 10 August. We provided landscape advice and recommendations on pedestrianisation and walkability, such as, asking the engineers to consider many issues pertaining to changing the mindset of putting pedestrians over cars, and getting consensus/collaboration with all related departments to ensure the ‘people over cars’ urban corridors design is enforced systematically throughout Hong Kong and not just in pilot areas. We even asked them to have more than just engineers to help with the design, but include multi-disciplinary professionals including landscape architects and architects. It was a very positive meeting and we hope beneficial results will come of these discussions. The Programme Manager (Walkability), Ir. Kevin F.M. Luk, promised to write back to us with a formal reply. We will let you know when we hear more.

    Letter dated on 5-Jul-2017:

    HKILA Letter to THB: Creating a Better Pedestrian Environment

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    Letter to DEVB Regarding Lantau Development and the Establishment of Lantau Sustainable Office

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    Accreditation Visits (29-May to 2-Jun)

    The Accreditation Panel consisting of Alan Tate (happy with a victory sign), Chris Chung (centre of photo), and Kathy Ng (photographer – herself not present in this photo) undertook accreditation visits of the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Honours) programme at Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi), and the Master of Landscape Architecture Program at The University of Hong Kong (HKU); over the period 29th May and 2nd June. It was an intensive five days. The Education Committee is waiting for the results of the visits which we expect to announce in two months.

    Letter to Chairlady of Establishment Subcommittee - Support to the Creation of a Permanent Post of Chief Landscape Architect in the Architectural Services Department

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    Letter to Chief Executive-elect - Reactivate the Project on Relocation of the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Bus Terminus for Development of a Piazza

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    Hong Kong 2030+: Towards a Planning Vision and Strategy Transcending 2030

    Comments from HKILA in response to the public engagement document

    HKILA Landscape Awards 2016

    Please check the result:

    City Dress-up Public Art Competition

    The Development Bureau (“DEVB”), The Hong Kong Institute of Architects (“HKIA”), The Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects (“HKILA”), the Hong Kong Institute of Planners (“HKIP”) and the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design (“HKIUD”) are joining hands to launch a “City Dress-up Public Art Competition” (“Competition”) for creating art works across the territory to beautify city appearance. The Competition consists of three streams, namely, "Design by the Victoria Harbour" (4 artworks along the new Central harbourfront), "Flyover Fantasy" (wall paintings on 16 columns under the Kwun Tong Bypass) and "City Momentum" (4 artworks at traffic islands, roundabouts, etc.).

    Proposals for the design, fabrication and installation of outdoor public artworks at these 9 locations are now invited until the beginning of April 2017. Interested parties may form teams to join the Competition, and each team must comprise members from at least two different professional institutes (among HKIA, HKILA, HKIP and HKIUD) while other team members may be of different professions/backgrounds to encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration. A selection panel will select one proposal for each of the 9 locations, and each winning team will be given a budget with ceiling ranging from HK$600,000 to HK$1,800,000 to realize their proposals. It is expected that these artworks could be installed for public display starting from summer 2017.

    For more detailed information, please refer to the documents which will also be made available at the websites of DEVB. There will also be briefing sessions of each stream to introduce specific requirements of the Competition.

    Invitation Brief and its Annexes:

    Publication of GBA2016 Result

    Congratulations to all GBA 2016 Award Winners!

    Result of GBA 2016: http://www.gba.org.hk/awardwinners.aspx

    Discussion Meeting between the Project Cost Management Office (PCMO) and The Hong Institute of Landscape Architects (HKILA) on 12 October 2016


    Requirement for Ownership Proof for Processing of General Building Plans (GBP)


    Reply from DevB - Cost Management for Public Works Projects


    Letter to DevB - Cost Management Adversely Affecting Landscape and Green Treatments


    Reply Letter from Transport and Housing Bureau - Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge


    Letter from DevB - Comment on Landscape Architectural Category Exclude from the Register of Hong Kong Professional Firms


    [Final Reminder] HKILA Membership Subscription 2016/2017

    For details, please refer to the link below:

    List of member whose annual subscription fee has not been paid:

    If you have already sent your payment to the Secretariat, please disregard this reminder.

    Review and Recommendation Report on the Management of Stonewall Trees by the Government

    Letter to Secretary for Development

    Review and Recommendation Report

    Two Arboricultural Practitioners Charged by ICAC with Bribery

    Letter to Secretary for Development

    Integrating Landscape Professionals and Establishing Landscape Technical Competent Persons under the Building Control Framework


    Code of Professional Conduct 2016

    Due to the enactment of the Competition Ordinance (the Ordinance) on 14 Dec. 2015 and advice of Competition Commission, HKILA's Code of Professional Conduct (CoPC) needs to be revised to reflect the removal of the Conditions of Engagement and Professional Charges (CEPC) which are considered having the object of harming competition and a contravention of the Ordinance.

    Attached please find the revised CoPC for your reference. Please be advised that CEPC have been obsoleted and should not be followed hereafter.


    Comment on the Revised Draft Handbook on Tree Management

    The HKILA is pleased to provide comments on the revised draft Handbook on Tree Management (HTM) collected from members. See details:

    Members' comment:

    Suggestion for the 2016 Policy Address and the 2016/17 Financial Budget

    Please find HKILA's suggestion at below link:

    Change of Business Address of HKILA

    In order to avoid confusion or potential queries from members, please be advised that the business address of HKILA for business registration purpose has been changed to:

    Room A2, Eton Building
    288 Des Voeux Road Central
    Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

    The address above is rented by the Institute from a private business services company for business registration purpose only. All the daily correspondences of the Institute should still be addressed to:

    P.O. Box 20561, Johnston Road Post Office
    Wan Chai, Hong Kong

    Many thanks to Earthasia Limited for kindly lending their office address to the Institute for business registration purpose in the past years due to the postal box address is not accepted under the Business Registration Ordinance (Cap. 310).

    Thank you for your attention.

    Joint Task Force on Stonewall Tree Management

    Following the incident of felling 4 stonewall trees at Bonham Road on 7 Aug. 2015 by HyD, HKILA and HKIE had set up a Joint Task Force to review the current mechanisms of Stonewall Tree management. The Joint Task Force targets to complete the review within about 6 weeks and submit an improvement proposal to Government.

    A press conference was conducted on 20 August 2015 to announce the establishment of the Joint Task Force. Two media attended the press conference which was reported by Hong Kong Economic Journal on 21 August 2015 (download at http://www.hkila.com/file/news-pdf277.pdf )

    Photo: https://goo.gl/photos/uU8oTynd8WaJQgWG8

    Opinion Survey on “Method for Selecting the Chief Executive by Universal Suffrage” (Architectural, Surveying and Planning Functional Constituency) Survey Report

    Please download the report at below:

    Members' Opinion Survey on method for selecting the chief executive by universal suffrage in 2017

    Dear Fellow/Professional/Associate Member,

    The Council received the updated voting rate from the Centre for Communication and Public Opinion Survey of CUHK:

    The voting rate as at 28 May 2015, is about 17%.

    We treasure your opinion and look forward to receiving your reply on or before 03 June 2015. All replies must be made before the deadline, late returns will not be counted. Please use your right to vote.

    Details of the survey please refer to the e-mail dated 19 May 2015, titled "Members' Opinion Survey on method for selecting the chief executive by universal suffrage in 2017". The user specified e-token of the Opinion survey for your direct response to CUHK Is attached in that e-email.

    Thank you for your attention and co-operation.



    Professional Diploma in Horticulture and Landscape Management

    Offered by Faculty of Design, THEi
    Commencement from early June 2015
    Application Deadline 23 May 2015
    Application Details: http://www.hkila.com/file/news-pdf266.pdf

    Records of Voluntary Services by Members as Representative of HKILA


    Reply letter from Financial Secretary's Office

    Reply letter from Financial Secretary's Office regarding HKILA's suggestion for 2015 Policy Address and 2015/16 Financial Budget

    HKILA's reply to Consultation Meeting for 2015 Policy Address and 2015/16 Financial Budget


    Landscape 2014 - HKILA Awards

    The Awards are held every two years to recognize outstanding achievements by HKILA landscape architects and students, to promote excellence in landscape planning, design and research and to bring the work of local landscape architects and students to the Public’s attention. There are 7 award categories

    - Conceptual Design
    - Landscape Design (Private Development)
    - Landscape Design (Public Development)
    - Landscape Management
    - Landscape Planning / Master Planning Study
    - Research Study / Publication
    - Student Landscape Project

    Nomination Form:

    Deadline for submission of entries is 12:00 noon, 24 October 2014 (Friday).

    Joint Statement of North East New Territories Development Areas

    The original Chinese version

    English version

    "Our Favourite Old and Valuable Trees" Contest by the Greening, Landscape and Tree Management Section of the Development Bureau


    letter from Transport and Housing Dept about Phase II Public Engagement on Pedestrian Environmental Improvement Scheme in Yuen Long Town

    The letter can be accessed at the following link:-


    HKILA's Opinions on Methods for Selecting the Chief Executive (CE) in 2017 and for Forming the Legislative Council (Legco) In 2016


    HKILA 25th anniversary – seminar by Professor Shunmyo Masuno(枡野俊明)

    We invited Prof. Shunmyo Masuno 枡野俊明 coming to Hong Kong to deliver a talk on Zen & Japanese garden design on 28 November 2013, followed by a site visit on 29 November 2013.

    The event was successfully held with over 200 participants Please click into the following link to view the exciting photos:

    New Technical Circular DEVB TC(W) No. 10/2013 on Tree Preservation in Government Projects

    Please note that the revised technical circular DEVB TC(W) No. 10/2013 on Tree Preservation in Government projects has been promulgated and can be accessed at the following link:


    Kai Tak Fantasy International Ideas Competition

    Please find the competition details as below:

    English Link

    Traditional Chinese Link

    Simplified Chinese Link

    Letter from West Kowloon Cultural District Authority


    Membership List of LARB

    Letter dated 17.9.2013 from DEVB with gazette notice in English and Chinese with respect to the new members of LARB.

    Review of Environment, Transport and Works Bureau Technical Circular (Works) No. 3/52006 and Lands Administration Office Practice Note No. 7/2007


    Joint Institute Letter and Statement on Pedestrian Environment Improvement Scheme in Yuen Long Town


    Policy and Project Co-ordination Unit-One-stop Consultation and Co-ordination Service for Land Development Projects


    Environment Bureau's Response to HKILA's Enquiry on BVOC


    Reply from Architectural Services Department about HKILA AAP

    Please check the letter at below link:

    Government Reply for Announcement of HKILA AAP

    Please check the letter at below link:

    Appointment to the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)

    In accordance with Schedule 4 of the Construction Industry Council Ordinance
    (Chapter 587 of the Laws of Hong Kong), our Professional Member, Ms Hung Yee Man, has been appointed as a Member of the Construction Industry Training board from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2014.

    Tree and Landscape Map

    In order to let the general public have a better understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the landscape and green spaces in the built-up areas of Hong Kong, the GLTM Section has initiated a documentation of these landscaped and greened spaces and compiled them according to the electoral boundary of the 18 districts. The publication is prepared from the perspective of greening, with a lively approach to introduce special trees, unique landscape design and green spaces of each district to promote visit to these attractions.

    The Tree and Landscape Map covers various landscape and greening attractions that are publicly accessible and are not limited to open spaces under government management. Privately owned attractions that are accessible to the general public are also included. Apart from open spaces, the map series also covers the special Old and Valuable Trees, elegant landscape trees, lush avenue trees, unique stone wall trees, promenades, big lawn areas, etc. so as to enrich the map content. The public can make reference to the booklets and plan a day trip to visit the green spaces introduced in the Tree and Landscape Map, or visit some of the lesser known green spaces in the city.

    The Tree and Landscape Map has been launched on 8 October 2012 by the Development Bureau and soft copy of the full series (18 booklets) is available at the Greening website (www.greening.gov.hk ), with direct link below:

    Chinese version: http://www.greening.gov.hk/tc/people_tree_harmony/tree_landscape_map.html

    English version: http://www.greening.gov.hk/en/people_tree_harmony/tree_landscape_map.html

    Smart phone users can also download the smart phone application from the relevant online application store (iTunes Store), which will be available soon. The smartphone version will provide special interactive elements like “My Trip”, multiple search options and social network sharing functions. Smartphone users may surf for relevant information on each spot and search the map features within the vicinity using the “My Trip” function to plan itineraries, and share favourites with friends and families.

    Greening, Landscape and Tree Management Section
    Development Bureau

    Layman's Guide to Landscape treatment of Slopes

    The revised Layman's Guide to Landscape Treatment for Slopes has been posted on the CEDD website for free downloading.

    CEDD website:

    General Specification for Building 2012 Edition

    The new General Specification for Building 2012 Edition has been completed and posted on the ArchSD Homepage from 16 August 2012
    onward for an introductory period of 3 months.

    The implementation date of the GS2012 will be 19 November 2012.


    Reply from Government on Proposed Amendment on the Title of Functional Constituency

    Proposed Amendment on the Title of Functional Constituency

    Please go to the below link to see the proposal from HKILA president and the office of Prof Hon Patrick Lau.


    Site Coverage of Greenery for Government Building Projects

    Newly launched Technical Circular (Works) No. 3/2012 sets out the standards and requirements on site coverage of greenery for new Government building projects and the methodology of measurement and calculation for the purpose of the required Site Coverage of Greenery. This Circular takes immediate effect on new Government building projects from 18 June 2012.


    Landscape 2012 - HKILA Design Awards

    We are pleased to announce the result of the Landscape 2012 HKILA Design Awards. 58 entries from 7 categories was received. The result was announced during our Annual Dinner 2012.

    Green Building Award 2012

    Green Building Award 2012 (GBA 2012) is organised by the Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC) with Professional Green Building Council (PGBC) to provide recognition to building-related projects with outstanding performance and contributions in sustainability and the built environment and also to transform the mainstream market towards wider adoption of sustainable planning, design, construction, management, operation, maintenance, renovation and decommissioning of buildings.

    HKGBC was founded by four major construction industry and environmental organisations:

    Construction Industry Council (CIC)
    Business Environment Council (BEC)
    BEAM Society (BEAM)
    Professional Green Building Council (PGBC)

    PGBC was co-founded by five building related professional institutes:

    The Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA)
    The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE)
    The Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects (HKILA)
    The Hong Kong Institute of Planners (HKIP)
    The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS)



    Best Landscape Award for Private Property Development 2012

    Leisure and Cultural Services Department

    Home Affairs Department, The Hong Kong Institute of Architects, The Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects, Institute of Horticulture (Hong Kong), The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors, Professional Green Building Council and The Hong Kong Association of Property Management Companies.

    This award aims to sustain the betterment of living environment in private property and to promote excellence in greening by outstanding landscape design and horticultural maintenance.