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

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.

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Cross-Talks: A Docomomo Sharing Session

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.

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2020 Public Discussion Series

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...

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

‘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.

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RICS International Heritage Conservation Conference 2019

RICS International Heritage Conservation Conference 2019

Date: 24-25 January 2019Venue: Tai Kwun (Former Central Police Station Compound), Hong Kong. RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) explores the social values of preservation of heritage assets to the community and society through the “International Heritage...

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