UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE
Research Projects

Ongoing research on Hong Kong’s distinctive urban cultural heritage in collaboration with the internationally renowned German photographer Michael Wolf.  This research is expected to result in a series of books, and the published ones are:

Lee Ho Yin, Lynne DiStefano and Katie Cummer, “Small God, Big City: Earth God Shrines in Urban Hong Kong,” in Small God Big City featuring photographs by Michael Wolf (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, March 2013), 5-19, 105-119.  [124 pages; ISBN 978-988-8139-93-4]

Lee Ho Yin and Lynne DiStefano, with Katie Cummer, “Corner Delight: Hong Kong Composite Buildings of the 1950s and 1960s,” in Hong Kong Corner Houses featuring photographs by Michael Wolf (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, December 2011), 8-20.  [136 pages; ISBN 978-988-8028-72-6]

Lee Ho Yin and Lynne DiStefano, “Behind the 100” (about people and their lives in Hong Kong’s earliest public housing flat units) in Hong Kong Inside featuring photographs by Michael Wolf (Berlin: Peperoni Books, September 2009), 206-211. [352 pages; ISBN 978-3-941825-06-2]

 

Ongoing research on Tong Lau, Hong Kong’s shophouse heritage typology.  This research is expected to result in a number of papers and reports, and the resulted ones are:

Lee Ho Yin and Lynne DiStefano.  “Tong Lau: A Hong Kong Shophouse Typology.”  A resource paper for the Antiquities and Monuments Office, Architectural Services Department, Buildings Department, Commissioner for Heritage’s Office and Urban Renewal Authority, 4 May 2015.

Lee Ho Yin and Lynne DiStefano, “Statement of Significance (Heritage Assessment) of Shanghai Street Shophouses, No. 600-626 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok,” a consultancy report commissioned by the Urban Renewal Authority in preparation for the adaptive reuse of a contiguous row of 14 units of shophouses on Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, 10 of which are Graded Historic Buildings, completed in May 2014.

Lee Ho Yin and Lynne DiStefano.  “Pre-war Tong Lau: A Hong Kong Shophouse Typology.”  A resource paper for the Antiquities and Monuments Office and Commissioner for Heritage’s Office, 19 April 2015.

Lee Ho Yin and Lynne DiStefano, with AGC Design Ltd., “Heritage Assessment Report for Conservation Approach to a Shophouse Cluster,” a consultancy report commissioned by the Urban Renewal Authority, Hong Kong, completed in May 2008.

 

Ongoing research on the adaptive reuse of heritage buildings.  This research is expected to result in a number of publications and reports, and the resulted ones are:

Lee Ho Yin and Lynne DiStefano, upcoming book chapter tentatively titled “From Zero Sum Game to Arranged Marriage: The Struggle between Built Heritage Conservation and Urban Development in Post-colonial Hong Kong,” to be published by Routledge in the “Key Issues in Cultural Heritage” volume, Heritage, Development and Sustainability, expected in 2015.

Lee Ho Yin and Lynne DiStefano, “Design Guidelines for the Adaptive Reuse of Shanghai Street Shophouses, Nos. 600-626 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok,” a consultancy report commissioned by the Urban Renewal Authority in preparation for the adaptive reuse of a contiguous row of 14 shophouses on Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, 10 of which are Graded Historic Buildings, completed in July 2014.

Lee Ho Yin and Lynne DiStefano, “Purposeful Repurposing: Adaptive Reuse of Hong Kong’s Heritage Buildings,” conference paper published in the proceedings of The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors Annual Conference 2014 (held on 13 September 2014), Hong Kong: Our Smart City in the Next 30 Years (Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors, 2014), 22-25.

Lynne DiStefano, Lee Ho Yin and Katie Cummer, “Heritage: A Driver of Development – Hong Kong Style Conservation,” paper published (and accessible online) in the proceedings of ICOMOS 17th General Assembly and Scientific Symposium, held at the UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, 27 November to 2 December 2011.

Agnes Ng, Lynne DiStefano, Lee Ho Yin and others, “Benchmark Study on Building Controls to Facilitate Adaptive Re-use of Historic Buildings in Hong Kong,” consultant report commissioned by the HKSAR Development Bureau, completed in April 2009.

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