Hong Kong has been inhabited for over 30,000 years, since before the Qin dynasty in 221BC. It has experienced many upheavals but the most pronounce recent history would have to be the handover of sovereignty by the British Government to China and the formation of a Special Administrative Region of China in 1997. It is the only city in the world where it swears allegiance to China and the Chinese Communist Party yet has its own rule of law based on the western Common Law. Together with Macau, it is one of two places where One Country Two Systems is being implemented.

Hong Kong's history has influenced its city development and nature protection. Only 25% of Hong Kong is built upon, and nearly 40% of Hong Kong is completely natural - country parks – and protected by Ordinance. There are 263 islands and together with the Kowloon peninsula, they form a coast line that is 1,178 km long.

There is much for a landscape architect living in Hong Kong to be proud of. In this session, Iris Hoi, President of HKILA, will explore the history of urbanisation in Hong Kong, its challenges due to climate change, and other outlooks to the future. Lenren Lee, Principal and Regional Director of Masterplanning, Asia, AECOM will join us as another panelist for a more lively discussion.

Date: 25 May 2022


  • 16:00 - 17:30 (GMT+5.30) – India, Sri Lanka
  • 17:30 - 19:00 (GMT+7) – Indonesia, Thailand
  • 18:30 - 20:00 (GMT+8) – China, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines
  • 19:30 - 21:00 (GMT+9) – Korea, Japan
  • 20:30 - 22:00 (GMT+10) – Australia (Melbourne)
  • 22:30 - 00:00 (GMT+12) – New Zealand

Register by 23 May 2022, 17:00 (GMT+8). This webinar will be hosted via Zoom, the link will be shared 1 - 2 days before the event.

This series of activities aims to enhance landscape education and connect it with international standards, and to encourage countries to develop their own characteristics of landscape education. The geographical and cultural diversity of the Asia-Pacific region makes it important to focus on the development of national competitiveness, geographic self-identity and competitiveness. In the coming year, Talk and Share will invite a wide range of scholars to share different topics in order to contribute to the development of landscape design in the Asia Pacific region.

The second session of this series will feature Iris Hoi, President of HKILA, Lenren Lee, Principal and Regional Director of Masterplanning, Asia, AECOM and Monica Kuo, President of IFLA APR, sharing on Landscape Architecture in Hong Kong.

Limited places are available, so register now to secure your spot!

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