Re­stored to the peo­ple

Some of the city’s her­itage ar­chi­tec­ture, re­pur­posed since HK’s re­turn to the coun­try, stands out not just be­cause the build­ings are suited to con­tem­po­rary life­styles but also be­cause they open doors to the public. Join on a guided tour. Fri­day, Au­gust 4,

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FOCUS -

Hong Kong res­i­dents have be­come in­creas­ingly con­scious of the im­por­tance of pre­serv­ing their her­itage build­ings, par­tic­u­larly so in the two decades since the es­tab­lish­ment of the HKSAR. To­day, loud voices pro­claim that ev­ery­thing old re­quires con­serv­ing. But then Hong Kong only has so much land and a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion to ac­com­mo­date. Hence the sup­ply of af­ford­able hous­ing falls far short of the de­mand. Given such a con­text, the case for keep­ing the old struc­tures might ap­pear to be on slightly shaky grounds. Then there are ways and ways of con­serv­ing old build­ings. For ex­am­ple, th­ese might be re­stored in a way that re­tains the struc­ture’s orig­i­nal look while the in­te­ri­ors are mod­ern­ized to suit con­tem­po­rary life­styles — keep the best of the past while mak­ing ad­di­tions rel­e­vant to the fu­ture. Al­low us to walk you through a few his­toric struc­tures, re­vi­tal­ized over the last 20 years as a re­sult of gov­ern­ment and/or pri­vate ini­tia­tives and now serv­ing as spa­ces ac­ces­si­ble to the public, to ex­am­ine ways of pre­serv­ing the city’s ar­chi­tec­tural her­itage with a de­gree of suc­cess.

JOHN NYE / FOR CHINA DAILY

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