Using the incident of the partial demolition of Bishop Hill Underground Water Tank and earlier the Star Ferry as examples, the talk focuses on how participation of the public has played a pivotal role in the progress of architectural conservation in Hong Kong in the recent decades.
As for the case in Hong Kong, architectural conservation started relatively slowly when compared to other developed countries or regions. It is catching up and the most pivotal catalyst has been the participation from the public.
Conservation is the management of changes that happen naturally, planned or accidentally. In terms of architectural conservation, the changes can be all sorts of interventions that exert different levels of impact on the heritage architectural assets. How such changes can be managed wisely, while deriving the potential social benefits these architectural assets can yield for the public, is an issue that receives contradicting opinions.
Ka-sing Yu is a Registered Architect and Architectural Conservationist in Hong Kong. He completed his education in Architecture at The University of Hong Kong. Prior to his second MSc (Conservation) degree from The University of Hong Kong, he focused his professional practice in the field of architectural conservation through the consultancy he founded in 2010, Substance Lab Limited.
Today, he has accumulated over 40 conservation research, planning, construction, and interpretation and curation projects, ranking as one of the most professionally active conservation practitioners in Hong Kong. He curated and designed The Hong Kong Jockey Club University of Chicago Heritage Interpretation Centre which was opened in December 2018, which won him the Hong Kong Institute of Conservationists HKICON Conservation Award (Interpretation Category) in 2019. He is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Architecture at The University of Hong Kong and Director of the BA(Conservation) degree.
The opinions expressed in this talk are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect those of the Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong.