Smart Cities and Public Participation in Urban Planning:

Lessons from Los Angeles and Hong Kong

Forum Organized by Hong Kong America Center
Saturday Morning, September 16, 2017
Venue: Room 2105, 21/F, Edinburgh Tower,
The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong


As cities, Los Angeles and Hong Kong differ in many ways: city planning, transport policy, and economic development strategies, and more. Even so, in response to environmental challenges, both cities demonstrate that initiatives for policy change and environmental improvement can start from outside the government. Community groups, academics, business associations and other stakeholders have critical roles to play through research and civic action.

Government leadership in urban infrastructure and cost-effective delivery of services is in high demand in all cities.  But this does not contradict the imperative for a bottom-up approach to public policy. The HKSAR Government is currently consulting public views on a blueprint for smart city planning in Hong Kong through September, 2017. How can grass-roots action research inform urban policy on the emerging blueprint for smart city in Hong Kong? Welcome to join this important three-part conversation.

Dr. Robert Gottlieb and Mr. Simon Ng will share their experience in action research in Los Angeles and Hong Kong from their new book: Global Cities: Urban Environments in Los Angeles, Hong Kong and China. 

Dr. Albert Wong will present the PwC’s recommendations in its Consultancy Study on Smart City Blueprint for Hong Kong to the HKSAR Government to drive Hong Kong towards a clearer vision for smart city functions and services.

Finally, participants will draw on themes from Gottlieb, Ng and Wong to formulate key points for input to the HKSAR Planning Department on HK as a smart city.  The program is free and open to the public.  University students are especially welcome to come and participate in this consultation exercise.


Speaker Bios:

    • Robert Gottlieb is Emeritus Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy, and founder and former Director of the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College, Los Angeles.


    • Simon Ng is an environmental and transport consultant, and Fellow and former Chief Research Officer at Civic Exchange, a public policy think tank in Hong Kong.


    • Albert Wong is Director of Consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers specializing in policy formulation and review, stakeholder engagement and performance management.




9:00 Opening remarks by Dr. Glenn Shive, Executive Director, Hong Kong America Center
9:05 Panel of Robert Gottlieb and Simon Ng on LA-HK comparisons on urban planning and the public  (PowerPoint)
10:15 Tea break
10:30 Study on Smart City Blueprint by Dr. Albert Wong, Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers  (PowerPoint)
11:15 Small group discussions to formulate key points for the Smart City Blueprint consultation
11:45 Sharing group reports and summary remarks
12:00 Adjourn


Thanks to support of PricewaterhouseCoopers Hong Kong, the program is free, but places are limited.

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