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Hong Kongers reject Foster's cultural plans

Hong Kong does not want the multi-billion pound West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD), masterplanned by Foster and Partners, a survey has revealed.

According to The University of Hong Kong's Public Opinion Programme, 77 per cent of those questioned were against plans to build a 'grand canopy' along the 1.5km stretch of reclaimed land in Victoria Harbour ( pictured).

The roof is intended to be the key feature of the development and will shelter an array of performance venues, concert halls, cinemas and, it is rumoured, a new museum developed by the Centre Pompidou and the Solomon R Guggenheim Foundation ( Foster to follow Rogers down Pompidou path?).

However, the survey found that people were worried the proposed scheme would be too commercial and would not provide enough green space for the city's residents.

The report said: 'As far as the waterfront and the WKCD development are concerned, there is a clear discrepancy in what the people want and what the government is planning to provide.

'Moreover, if the WKCD could revert to its original development plan of a green park with cultural facilities, most people would support it.'

by Richard Waite

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