Two eminent professional organisations in Hong Kong put their weight behind efforts to protect historical buildings with new programs, including ‘Co-Vitalize Our Heritage‘
The Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) and Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS) are each launching months-long campaigns, funded by the Built Heritage Conservation Fund of the Commissioner of Heritage Office, part of the Development Bureau of Hong Kong. The move is aimed at promoting built-heritage conservation in Hong Kong and encouraging public participation in the process.
Speaking at a launch ceremony last month, Felix Li, president of HKIA, said, "It is believed that heritage buildings and old districts should not only be used for conservation but also revitalisation, enabling them to have a 'second life'."
Running until October 26, HKIA's community-wide initiative 'Co-Vitalize Our Heritage' focuses on the ways in which architects can collaborate with the private sector to conserve and revitalise Hong Kong's heritage buildings and districts, with an objective to enhance the understanding of conservation work across various sectors. A series of professional workshops, architectural tours and events under four themes will take place at the heritage sites during the seven-month period.
It is believed that heritage buildings and old districts should not only be used for conservation but also revitalisation, enabling them to have a 'second life'
Commencing with a ceremony last month at the Blue House in Wan Chai, the HKIS 'Maintenance and Appreciation of Historical Buildings' programme aims to raise public awareness with regards to rediscovering their beauty and value. A surveyor-led guided tour through Wan Chai's revitalised buildings following the opening ceremony was met with great enthusiasm, and a second tour is planned this month.
Activities including more walking tours, workshops, a student competition and seminars will also be rolled-out during the next two years and Tony Leung, president of HKIS, hopes to encourage protection, promotion and revitalisation of these buildings in their communities to help breathe new life into these old structures.