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。

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The parks they are-a-changin?

I've visited a few parks this week and I noticed that there weren't any yellow banners in any of them (and these were parks that had previously been absolutely plastered with them). Has anyone else noticed this? Stay tuned!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

More on park design

I attended the Great Cities Great Parks - Public Spaces and Connections "Dialogue with Arhitects - The West Kowloon Cultural District Series discussion organised by CDI and as the topic was related to Freedom Ball's work was asked to give some thoughts as part of the discussion panel.
You can see the video of the presentations/discussion here:
Dialogue with Architects(1) – Studio visit to the WKCD conceptual plan consultant-architects & Sharing: Foster + Partners" part 2:Great Cities Great Parks - Public Spaces and Connections

The gates are open!

Well, we kind of had our first concrete result with the test case space at Ap Lei Chau Park (see below). The LCSD have agreed that the gates will remain open at all times so that the public can access the space. We tried to persuade them to take away the fence and gates altogether so that the space was completely open but they have at least agreed to give the public access to the space. It's a start! Meanwhile the park design review process goes on and I'll be meeting people from the Hong Kong Design Centre on Monday as part of that process and I'll let you know how that goes.