Chi Ti-Nan develops a project to preserve Hong Kong coastline Tai Long Sai Wan
TLSW Comprehensive Recovery and Preservation Project is a public project commissioned by a local charity in response to a Facebook group which gathered more than 80,000 members promoting the protection of a Tai Long Sai Wan. The beautiful eastern coast line, described as ‘the last pristine area in Hong Kong' was under threat last year as new developments started on the beach which drew unprecedented public attention. The construction was later drawn to a halt by the city planning authorities and a new programme led by Chi Ti-Nan, the founder of Urban Flashes, was set up In order to preserve both natural landscape and real life in the four seaside villages.
This project is an exemplary case of Chi Ti-Nan's micro-urbanism practice. 15 micro-zones were identified as points for recovery in which micro-projects have been carefully proposed to involve the public on different levels, aiming to resolve conflicts among property owners, villagers, and the general public.
The project includes reforestation, the restoration of agricultural land and the reuse of buildings, such as an abandoned church, a school and historical houses. The team plans to provide facilities for the communities such as marketplace, renewable energy stations, a community centre and a bridge to help connect the four villages in the area. On the northern part of the site, there are two empty artificial lakes. One is going to be revived to help the farming land. The other will be developed into an eco-friendly living complex for visitors with a large fish pond.The overall site area is 16947 m² which includes an area of reforestation of 5966 m², 3058 m² of restored farming land and a total built area of lodging quarters of 649 m².
The implementation and management of this project will be in collaboration with newly established Hong Kong Countryside Foundation under public and private funding. Is expected to run from February 2011 to January 2014.