About Freedom Ball

Freedom Ball questions whether the Hong Kong government controls the use of public space for the benefit of Hong Kong people.

We do this through simple and striking interventions in public spaces which encourage the public to engage directly with activities which are currently banned in the space.

The principles of our interventions are that they challenge the rules in a way that is positive and engaging and encourage the public to join in actively.

Our aim is to change the way that public spaces are managed, designed and controlled so that they meet the needs of Hong Kong people.

自由波向政府質疑: 政府控制公共空間的使用是否有利於公眾利益。


這些行動的宗旨就是: 大家用正面而又有趣的形式鼓勵公眾積極投入這類活動,挑戰僵化規條。

我們的目的在於改變公共空間的設計和管理模式, 最終能符合香港市民的需要。

Monday, November 23, 2009

SCMP article

The SCMP ran an article about Sunday's event on the front of the City section of today's paper, which is great. However the last paragraph was slightly misleading in that it suggested that the new park in Ap Lei Chau had been built taking into account Freedom Ball's concerns about park design.

I want to make it clear that this is in fact not the case. We have been talking to the LCSD about changes to park design and as part of that process we visited the new park in Ap Lei Chau to see where the LCSD is going in in terms of park design but the park was designed and indeed built before we started talking to the LCSD.

I just want to make that clear because:

a) We don't want to take credit for any improvements in park design that there may have been at Ap Lei Chau as we weren't involved until after the park had been built.

b) Whilst there have been some steps in a positive direction at Ap Lei Chau (there are no fenced-off sections and there is a small open grass area for example) it isn't our idea of an ideal park design either.

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