Janet Askew, past president of the RTPI in 2015, took part in a joint seminar between the RTPI and the Hong Kong Institute of Planners (HKIP). The relationship between the RTPI and the HKIP is long-established, there being more members of the RTPI in Hong Kong than in any other country outside the UK. The seminar was about our shared major crisis: how to plan for affordable housing. Janet Askew explained the RTPI’s position on housing and its contribution to the latest housing white paper. She expounded the options for London, which are similar to those in Hong Kong, all well laid out in the Hong Kong 2030+ strategic plan (see http://www.hk2030plus.hk ).
The photo shows the committee of the HKIP, including the president for 2016-17, Eunice Mak (second from left); and the chief planner of Hong Kong, Raymond Lee (third from right). Others include members of the Hong Kong University which is an accredited planning school, and includes Rebecca Chiu the current head of the school (fifth from left, next to Janet Askew). Remarkably, this seminar about planning, housing and sustainability in Hong Kong and London attracted about 150 people on what everyone agreed was an unusually cold and wet Saturday morning.