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Unpacking the Reuse of Colonial-era Historic Buildings: Cases of Tai Kwun and the Rockbund Art Museum 

Speaker(s): Ying Zhou, University of Hong Kong, Docomomo HK
Moderator:  Cecilia L. Chu, Docomomo HK

Date: 6 September 2021
Time: 7:00-8:30 PM (JC Cube, Tai Kwun)


About the Talk

This talk will unpack the reuse of two colonial-era historic buildings, Tai Kwun (former Victoria Prison) in Hong Kong and the Rockbund Art Museum (former Royal Asiatic Society) in Shanghai, and contextualise the cities’ nuanced relationships with their recent pasts.

The event will be conducted in English, with simultaneous interpretation from English to Cantonese available.


About the Series

Tai Kwun Conversations is a series of talks that brings together brilliant minds to discuss the challenges and rewards in pursuing a sustainable future through the active management of heritage resources.

This is a special event organised by Tai Kwun with support by Docomomo Hong Kong and the Built Heritage Research Collaborative HKUrbanLabs, Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong.


About the Speakers & Moderator

Ying Zhou is an architect and Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. She is the author of Urban Loopholes: Creative Alliances of Spatial Production in Shanghai’s City Centre (Birkhäuser, 2017).

Cecilia L. Chu is an urban historian and Associate Professor in the Division of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. She is the author of Building Colonial Hong Kong: Speculative Development and Segregation in the City (Routledge, 2022).



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