The world has entered a new century. Hong Kong is going through a transitional period. For Hong Kong to survive and prosper into the 2lst century, the community needs caring citizens and professionals who will be team players and effective leaders: citizens who are willing to contribute to the society and environment that they share. We need to foster an integration of all these sectors of our community.
Information technology, the global economy, political changes and scientific advancement have created new parameters for education, economic, social and intellectual life. A shift from an industrial society to an information society necessitates a shift in emphasis in our education to help our young people become self-fulfilled and productive citizens. This will be reflected in an exploration and research for new education architecture to respond to the reforms in education.
Our young generation must expand their mental horizons and develop their potential as well rounded individuals. In addition, in order to have a vision and direction for the future, it is necessary for young people to understand the past as well as care for the elderly _ a growing sector of our community. This will be reflected in an exploration and research for a new architecture and planning for the elderly.
Many of recent developments consume enormous amount of energy, or result in thermal discomfort. CARE declares to explore building design in response to the local economy, people's living habits and the environmental context. Emerging out of these "new" ideas is in fact an "old" approach of designing with climate - to pursue permeable climate-responsive building design for the sub-tropic and humid Southern China, with the goal of integrating architectural history, science and technologies.
The key issues to explore, research and innovate design include evaluation of environmental performance patterns, high-density urban context implications, and degree of climatic response, statutory implications and local cultural factors.
The Centre of Architectural Research for Education, Elderly, Environment and Excellence Ltd (CARE) was founded by a group of individuals interested and concerned with the development of architectural excellence in Hong Kong and China, under the Architecture Design + Research Group Ltd. Original subscribers include architects and university professors involved in the last few years to connect the public with architecture. Committed to excellence in architecture and the ideal of a high-quality sustainable environment for the community from children to elders, AD+RG /CARE's aim is to establish "Tomorrow's Environment Today" _ embarking a new paradigm of integrating the community into their environment decision processes.