The Making of Hong Kong: from vertical to volumetric

September 6, 2011

Professor Tom Kvan looks at Hong Kong’s urban model of high density, compact living and strong transport systems in a national public lecture and book tour.

Professor Tom Kvan is giving a free national public lecture and book tour to mark the publication of _The Making of Hong Kong: From Vertical to Volumetric_.

Kvan will examine how Hong Kong’s irregular coastline and steep terrain has resulted in built-up areas that are compact, rich in spatial experience, close to hills and water and connected by an exceptional public transport system. Kvan will present how the book’s three authors see value in these conditions: a metropolis with a small urban footprint, 90 percent use of public transport for vehicular journeys and proximity to nature.

This book adds to the current debate around high-density, compact cities and interconnected public transport systems as one means of reducing urban energy use and carbon emissions. Professor Kvan will explore why urban intensity is vital for more than just ecological reasons and presents propositions based on these observations.

Lecture dates and venues:
*Sydney* 19 September, 6.30pm at Tusculum, AIA 3 Manning St, Potts Point
*Adelaide* 20 September, 6.30pm at AIA South Australia, 100 Flinders St, Adelaide
*Perth* 22 September, 6.30pm at Hews Robert Memorial Theatre, UWA, Corner Clifton Street & Stirling Highway, Nedlands
*Brisbane* 23 September, 6.30pm at Terrace, University of Queensland
*Launceston* 30 September, 1pm at UTAS, Launceston, Inveresk Campus

Professor Tom Kvan is Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at The University of Melbourne. Prior to this appointment, he was Dean and Professor of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. He is an internationally recognized authority on digital design and design management and has authored over 130 publications on this topic. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture.

*To register, go to ["www.msd.unimelb.edu.au/events/deans-tour":http://www.msd.unimelb.edu.au/events/deans-tour/]*

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