Imagining the Tung O Ancient Trail Future

Design Thinking to co-create with the community

Design Thinking

We are deploying a Design Thinking Approach in the Study of Revitalisation of Tung O Ancient Trail and Nearby Villages.


Cultural value

Historical and Natural value

Social and Economical value

Instead of questionnaires, we engage Tung O Trail residents in the process of imagining the future they want for their landscapes with community creative activities.

Situation Summary

Lantau Island is undergoing rapid changes in recent years.  A number of major economic and housing developments are being planned or constructed at North Lantau, such as Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB), Boundary Crossing Facilities Island, Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Link, Tung Chung New Town Extension, Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car, Siu Ho Wan development and the expansion of the Hong Kong International Airport into a three-runway system.  All these developments will bring tremendous change to the functions and development potential of Lantau. At the same time, Lantau possesses valuable natural and cultural assets that need to be conserved and managed in a holistic manner for public appreciation and enjoyment.


From the 2017 Policy Address, it has also been the government’s intention to revitalize and conserve rural environments so that the ecology and culture of rural areas and old villages can be sustainably developed. Possible directions include the introduction of educational and promotional programs, village revitalization, and eco-tourism which could possibly bring new energy to remote villages, encourage ecological development, and conservation of natural & cultural heritage, with a vision to respond to Hong Kong citizens’ growing demand for a balance of urban and rural lifestyles. Thus, this project’s study of revitalization for Tung O Ancient Trail will also nest into the strategic development of Lantau, Hong Kong and beyond.

Our activities

The key objective of this proposal is to facilitate the Sustainable Lantau Office’s (SLO) understanding of the sentiment of the key stakeholders on the revitalization of Tung O Ancient Trail (東澳古道) and the nearby villages through deploying Design Thinking (DT) approach, with a view to rebuilding an identity of the site and revitalizing the area. With the deployment of varied research, public engagement and interactive, collaborative activities using design thinking methodology, we hope to support SLO:

  • To evaluate the cultural, historical and environmental significance of the site, and identify opportunities and constraints of revitalization;
  • To identify stakeholders, collect their views and harvest insights for possible directions in revitalizing the area;
  • To encourage stakeholders to actively contribute to the project, thus garnering their support in the long term;
  • To develop a Revitalisation Strategy Plan which results in:
  • Design concepts and principles
  • Identity and themes
  • Improvement recommendations
  • Knowledge transferable to similar government projects in the future
  • To discover unknown needs, expectations, and implications,  which might have been overlooked by more traditional research methods;
  • To capture and record the process, outcomes, and recommendations of the exercise, as the basis that informs on-going development of the area.

Activities Schedule

April 30, 2020

14:00 – 17:00

#Design Thinking #Illustration

Drawing the Future #1

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May 3, 2020

8:00 – 9:00

#Design Thinking #Illustration

Drawing the Future #2

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May 10, 2020

8:00 – 9:00

#Land Art #Senior

Materials, colors, patterns

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May 15, 2020

8:00 – 9:00

#Land Art #Kids

Materials, colors, patterns

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June 12, 2020

8:00 – 9:00

#Food #Landscape

Feeding on nature

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Hong Kong Design Center

Design impacts our city, economy, culture, and living. Our aim is to “Co-Designing a Better Hong Kong”, with more good design that places the aspirations, wellbeing, and needs of citizens, people and users at the center.


Land & Civilization Compositions

Land and Civilization Compositions is an architecture and urban design office based in Rotterdam and HongKong. Jason Hilgefort is the founding partner of L+CC. Their work varies from curation to teaching, from design, planning to building.



MakerBay is Hong Kong’s largest innovation network focused on social and environmental impact. We offer education, membership, consulting, design, R&D and fabrication services.


Tasuki Mak – HKDC

Senior Manager InnoDesign Leadership & Knowledge Programmes of Hong Kong Design Centre.






Flora Wong – HKDC

Manager InnoDesign Leadership & Knowledge Programmes of HKDC


Jason Hilgefort – L+CC

Jason Hilgefort is an urbanist|architect. Studied at the University of British Columbia, University of Cincinnati, and is currently a PHD candidate at RMIT.


Ceas Chong – L+CC

Landscape planner and researcher with a B.A. Cultural Studies CUHK and a Master of Landscape Architecture from HKU

Maria Li – MakerBay

MakerBay Director of Education. With a background in molecular biology,






Emma Wong – MakerBay

Environmental scientist, with extensive experience with terrestrial and marine conservation projects.


Chicky Bhavnani – MakerBay

MakerBay CEO a Computer Engineering Graduate with over 20+ years of experience in leading flagship transformation programs in Asia,


Cesar Jung-Harada – MakerBay

Director of MakerBay. Senior Lecturer in Design at HKU. Former Project Leader and Researcher at MIT. Graduated from the Royal College of Arts. TED Senior Fellow.

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