Learning from Wah Fu Estate: Exploratory Efforts in Public Engagement

How can spaces for care like photobooks and museums be reimagined through public engagement? This session returns to questions posed in Capturing for Care with a focus on projects at a specific Hong Kong public housing estate. Conceived by architect Donald Liao as “a small town rather than a housing estate,” Wah Fu housed lower-to-middle income citizens on a promontory between Pokfulam and Aberdeen for over half a century. Its demolition is now in preparation; the relocation of residents will begin in 2026.

Fallen Angels: Love at Kwun Tong in Film and Miniature

In conjunction with our 2021 Discussion Series, “Curating Architecture,” our chapter member, Emily Verla Bovina, is organizing a Walk & Talk Session to take participants to Kwun Tong to explore the district’s urban and architectural history along with other invited guests.

Capturing for Care: Curating Hong Kong Modernism with Architectural Photobooks

To curate is to take care. To photograph is to capture. This session explores the idea of capturing for care through the architectural photobook. How does the curation of architecture that takes place in these edited collections of architectural images change our relationship to the city and the built environment around us? When does documentation compel us to protect and conserve particular built forms and when does it facilitate their demolition or their erasure through renewal and renovation?…

2021 Public Discussion Series

A 4-part public discussion series that engages with a range of topics centering on the theme “Curating Architecture.”     1. Capturing for Care: Curating Hong Kong Modernism with Architectural Photobooks Speaker(s): Walter Koditek (Docomomo HK), Natasza...

Site 3 (Central Waterfront) Discussion Forum

Site 3 (Central Waterfront) Discussion Forum Date: 31 May 2021 Organisers: Central & Western Concern Group; Docomomo Hong Kong; Built Heritage Research Collaborative (BHRC), HKU Docomomo Hong Kong co-organized a discussion forum on the future of “Site 3”, the...

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...
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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