Docomomo International is a non-profit organization established in 1988 to raise public awareness around the world regarding the historical significance of the Modern Movement in architecture. Docomomo stands for the “Documentation and Conservation of the Modern Movement.” It is a volunteer-driven group comprised of 69 chapters and over 2,000 members, including architectural enthusiasts, conservationists, historians, architects, town planners, designers, public officials, and students.
Docomomo International’s mission is to:
- act as watchdog when important modern movement buildings anywhere are under threat;
- exchange ideas relating to conservation technology, history and education;
- foster interest in the ideas and heritage of the modern movement; and
- promote the responsible study of the 20th century’s architectural inheritance.
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 have begun to identify and map existing buildings, sites, and neighborhoods in Hong Kong. This website, in coordination with an accompanying exhibition organized in 2013, has been 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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