Under Threat: Louis Kahn’s IIM Dormitories, India

Louis Kahn's dormitories at the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad (IIMA) are currently under threat of demolition. The school announced in mid-December back in 2020 that it plans to demolish 14 out of 18 of the dormitories on campus. The announcement came as...

‘Euros’ versus ‘Anglos’? Heritage Definitions and Discourses in Continental Europe, Britain and the United States

This discussion questions whether there ever have been distinct and contrasting Anglo and Euro heritage world-outlooks at any stage in the history of the modern conservation movement, by tracing a narrative from the age of laissez-faire individualism of the 19th century to the era of mass state intervention of the 20th century, and to today’s market-led globalisation.

Cement in the Concrete Jungle: The History and Restoration of Shanghai Plaster in Hong Kong

Shanghai plaster is a kind of granolithic cement plaster that emerged in Hong Kong around the mid-1920s, and soon became one of the most popular material choices for modern buildings in the 1930s. Despite its popularity in the past, Shanghai plaster has now become one of the most undermined and misunderstood material finishes. Its history went far beyond the conventional narratives that postulated its Shanghainese origin and tied closely with the construction culture and movement of Cantonese craftsmen within the network of overseas Chinese in the South China Sea.

Cross-Talks: A Docomomo Sharing Session

This is the first of a series of sharing sessions between members of different Docomomo chapters. The sessions provide a space to discuss the work of the chapters and exchange experiences in the documentation and conservation of modern architecture and built landscapes.

Art & Miniatures as Method: The Case of Gio Ponti’s Projects for Daniel Koo (1963) and Su Gin-Djih’s Shek O Bus Terminus (1955)

Led by Emily Verla Bovino, this talk will discuss the political unconscious of the three buildings, Hong Kong bus model culture as alternative historiography and how attending to the architectural settings of Hong Kong art and design can generate unexpected stories about the city’s built environment.

2020 Public Discussion Series

  A four-part public discussion series that engages with a range of topics centering the transnational circulation of the Modern Movement in Hong Kong and beyond.     1. Art & Miniatures as Method: The Case of Gio Ponti's Projects for Daniel Koo (1963) and Su...
Docomomo Hong Kong

A Docomomo Hong Kong chapter was established in August 2012 by a group of interested community members, each of whom is also affiliated with a number of the city’s major architectural educational and professional organizations, including The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), The University of Hong Kong (HKU), HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education (HKU-SPACE), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA), and the Hong Kong Institute of Architectural Conservationists (HKICON).

Docomomo Hong Kong is committed to enhancing public knowledge about modern architecture and urbanism while promoting the protection of notable examples of modern architecture in Hong Kong. As a former British colony and active international entrepôt, Hong Kong absorbed, supported, and produced a number of important modern architectural influences over the course of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Its built environment represents a unique site of inquiry in the international history of the Modern Movement.

Chapter members are in the process of identifying and cataloging existing buildings, sites, and neighborhoods in Hong Kong. This website, in coordination with an accompanying exhibition, is designed to share the group’s findings. The group also hopes to work closely with relevant institutions in the city to increase awareness and build capacity regarding the study and conservation of modern architecture in Hong Kong.

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