7:00 – 8:30 pm (via ZOOM)
Learning from Wah Fu Estate: Exploratory Efforts in Public Engagement
Gary Pui-fung Wong (University of Hong Kong)
Vincci W.S. Mak (University of Hong Kong)
Natalia Echeverri (University of Hong Kong, Docomomo Hong Kong)
Denise Tse-shang Tang (Lingnan University)
Michelle Chan Wan Chee (Visual Artist)
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Webinar ID: 947 6849 5191
How can spaces for care like photobooks and museums be reimagined through public engagement? This session returns to questions posed in Capturing for Care with a focus on projects at a specific Hong Kong public housing estate. Conceived by architect Donald Liao as “a small town rather than a housing estate,” Wah Fu housed lower middle income citizens on a promontory between Pokfulam and Aberdeen for over half a century. Its demolition is now in preparation; the relocation of residents will begin in 2026. In anticipation, researchers from the University of Hong Kong started studying daily life at the estate and have developed a series of public engagement exhibitions (2018 and 2019) and a pilot project for a Community Museum (ComMuse) (2018).
The Wah Fu research team will present their work at the estate in discussion with artist Michelle Chan Wan Chee, a recent collaborator who works with photography as social practice. As part of her project, Kaufu (2019 and ongoing), Chan uses the model bus collection of her uncle, who passed away in 2019, to explore the city through retired bus routes like China Motor Bus’s former 41, which began in Wah Fu and stopped operating in 1997.
DOCOMOMO HONG KONG (國際現代建築文獻組織香港分會) is the local chapter of Docomomo International (International Committee for Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Site and Neighborhoods of the Modern Movement). Established in 1988, the global organization aims to enhance public knowledge and promote the protection of notable examples of modern architecture and built landscapes around the world. http://www.docomomo.hk.