Docomomo Walk and Talk Session 2021

Fallen Angels 墮落天使: Love at Kwun Tong in Film and Miniature
/ Emily Verla Bovino with special guests

2021 M+/Design Trust Research Fellow, Docomomo HK


Date: 16 July 2021 (Friday)

Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm  

RSVP by July 15 Mid-night: [email protected] 

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.

What questions do expressions of ‘love’ in film and miniature at Kwun Tong 觀塘 pose to the study of the built environment in Hong Kong? Three years before the Kwun Tong redevelopment project was announced, Yue Man Mansion (裕民大廈, Charles Lun Chou, 1959), a prominent part of the project, featured as an important location in Wong Kar Wai’s twin tales of frenzied love, Fallen Angels (墮落天使, 1996). The Urban Renewal Authority picked up the Kwun Tong project in 2001 and this year commissioned miniatures at the exhibition ‘Love at Kwun Tong’ by the Joyful Miniature Association which stages the old Yue Man Square 裕民坊 in the new YM2 to the backdrop of Yue Man Mansion‘s demolition.

2021 M+/Design Trust Research Fellow and Docomomo member Emily Verla Bovino takes participants on a walk & talk session in Kwun Tong to explore the district’s industrial history, the architectural history of Yue Man Mansion, its role as a location in Fallen Angels and civic engagement in the Kwun Tong redevelopment project, slated for completion in 2026. Guests include interlocutors in research: architect Wang Weijen, HKU alumna Sindy Ho Yan Yeung, Joyful Miniature Association President Carmen Poon and artist Michelle Chan Wan Chee.


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