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The Hong Kong government has embraced the creative city rhetoric from the late 1990s, attempting to link the promotion of arts and culture to economic change, land development, social policy, and city branding. Through the investigation of how different stakeholders have been impacted through the urban redevelopment of Wong Chuk Hang and constantly participate in the re-shaping process of the existing urban environment, transferring the district into a cultural district. This reveals that the factors affecting the urban environment are complex. To better enable cooperation across diverse groups, we need to understand each stakeholder’s actual intentions and entanglements.
Wenxin Zeng is a Ph.D. candidate in the Division of Landscape Architecture at The University of Hong Kong. Her research interests focus on post-industrial urban renewal, arts development, heritage conservation and creative city making. Her dissertation explores how this creative city concept has been adapted under Hong Kong’s unique historical context through the lens of arts development.
Xinhui Chen is a current Ph.D. student at The University of Hong Kong. She holds an MLA from University of Virginia. Her research interests include urban renewal, heritage conservation, social media, and architectural history.