Building consensus through “community making” with internal and external stakeholders
Through a 5-month engagement with over 100 local residents and community group representatives, SVhk completed a “Community Making Study” and found community consensus in 4 Urban Progressing Visions (Knowledge Common, Impact Common, Community Common, Wellness Common) and 6 directions to guide the URA’s future design and planning in the neighbourhood. SVhk subsequently supported the URA in presenting this new renewal strategy to the URA’s Executive Committee, Central & Western District Council, and Town Planning Board – where it was positively received.
Bringing communities and neighbours closer in the renewal process
Building upon the study, SVhk and URA co-created three community making pilot initiatives as the start of new partnerships across a collaboration platform of community organisations, businesses and institutions that have been based in the neighbourhood for years. From the development of a new community garden, to student inspired mural art and young docents training programme, community making aspires to empower local communities and sustains their participation in community building activities beyond the planning process.