Active Dates: January 2015 – June 2017
Project Title: Remaking City Futures: Heritage and Urban Regeneration in the Asia-Pacific
Principal Investigator: Cecilia L. Chu (DLA)
Project Funder: Seed Funding for Basic Research, HKU (in preparation for application)
This research project aims to contribute to the scholarship of urban futures in the Asia-Pacific by examining heritage conservation as a specific kind of future-oriented urban intervention through which different social actors participate in reshaping the forms of cities. More specifically, it explores how these dynamics have been unfolding in Macau, Hong Kong and Singapore, three metropolises that have witnessed a significant surge of public debates and advocacy activities on the conservation of natural and cultural heritage in recent years. Through a series of interviews with built environment professionals, government officials, NGOs and other community members involved with conservation work, this research will illustrate how accelerating urban change have helped galvanize particular ethical positions toward urban regeneration and produce new knowledge of cities. The comparison of situations in Macau, Hong Kong and Singapore will further elucidate how these initiatives have been significantly shaped by specific historical experiences and that the different colonial “heritage” of each place has continued to serve as key sources for generating collective aspirations for the urban future.
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