Good to Great – Evolving Polycentric Cities in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area

Sam Lai
Project Director, General Manager
Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited, Hong Kong

Cities are evolving all the time. An interesting analogy of urban evolution is comparing “the city as an egg” (Cedric Price, 1982), which represents the traditional concentric ancient city as a “boiled egg”, the industrial city expanding outwards as a “fried egg,” and the modern city spreading to form multiple centers as a “scrambled egg.” China, with its unprecedented scale and pace of urbanization, is also witnessing the change from single-centered cities to polycentric cities, and even megacity regions. The Pearl River Delta (PRD) in Guangdong Province has developed naturally into a cluster of cities and acted as the economic hub of the region. China’s latest “Greater Bay Area” (GBA) Initiative, integrating Hong Kong, Macau and nine cities of the PRD will further promote a landmark megalopolis that is comparable to the New York, San Francisco and Tokyo bay areas. It is expected to strengthen the cooperation among cities, maximizing their own advantages and achieving greater synergy. The key to the success of the polycentric city relies on connections and access, by allowing people to travel efficiently and in close proximity to everything they need.

This presentation illustrates the challenges in the evolution of Hong Kong, including in-depth case studies of the International Finance Centre and International Commerce Centre developments, and discusses the opportunities in building vibrant and sustainable polycentric cities in the Greater Bay Area.

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