What is the Walk DVRC Initiative

Walk DVRC Limited established in Hong Kong in January 2017 and received Section 88 charitable status in August 2018. We have a vision for a more walkable and liveable Central Business District that begins with the revitalisation of a decaying Des Voeux Road Central. Walk DVRC aims to transform a key 1.4 km stretch of road -- from Pedder Street to Western Market -- into a dynamic public realm through a series of pedestrianisation and placemaking projects.

  

What we do

Walk DVRC makes presentations, conducts workshops and charrettes, organises events and holds competitions to inform, collaborate and partner with the public. Walk DVRC also undertakes research for community education and outreach. The goal of these engagements is to showcase the real benefits of moving from a car-oriented urban planning approach to a people-friendly one. This shift demonstrates how our streets can be transformed into vibrant and useful public spaces that are inclusive and captivating for all population demographics. Walk DVRC’s mission includes linking this critical transportation artery to the cultural and heritage sites that surround it -- Tai Kwun, PMQ, Man Mo Temple, dried goods purveyors -- and in the process, creating neighbourhoods.

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Our Signature Projects

 The Sheung Wan Fiesta

As evidenced by other great placemaking and pedestrianisation projects around the world, trial schemes are necessary to take walkability initiatives forward. To this end, Walk DVRC has proposed The Sheung Wan Fiesta as a perfect place to begin.

This project will close a two-block stretch of DVRC, from Western Market to Hillier Street, to vehicular traffic for 90 days.

The closure will be a programmed and curated event that includes examples of sitting out and greening, sustainable street furniture, indigenous plant and herb displays, local performances and a local food and craft beer market.

 International Design Competition

Walk DVRC Ltd. launched an International Design in April  2018 to invite top-tier teams of urban planners, architects, traffic consultants and designers to submit proposals for re-imagining a decaying Des Voeux Road Central.

Submissions featured strong placemaking and pedestrian schemes as well as highlighting neighbourhood connectivity and cultural sites. In addition, projects incorporated HK’s iconic trams.

Projects from the five finalist teams portray a vision for a fantastic car-free zone with numerous facilities on DVRC in the heart of Hong Kong's Central Business District. Click here to know more.