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March 19, 2019

Re-uniting 15 local historical relics
The Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) launched a community-wide project called “Co-Vitalize Our Heritage” which runs from March 16 to October 26 in this year. Supported by the Build Heritage Conservation Fund (BHCF) under Commissioner of Heritage Officer (CHO) of Development Bureau of Hong Kong, “Co-Vitalize Our Heritage” aims to enhance the architecture know-how of stakeholders, operators and the interest communities as they involve with conservation and revitalisation projects. Through the series of workshops, architectural tours and events, the public may recognize the opportunities offered by revitalizing historic buildings, like arousing the appreciation of local heritage characters, creating the community focal highlights, leading the regeneration of old district environments, and developing of district cultural, leisure and commercial activities.
     Mr Felix Li, President of The Hong Kong Institute of Architects said, “Conservation and revitalization historic buildings is a great concern among Hong Kong communities in recent years. It is believed that heritage buildings or old districts should not only be used for conservation but also revitalization, enabling them to have a “second life” which in return to integrate with the citizens’ everyday life in the city’s continuous development. “Co-Vitalize Our Heritage” is a 7-months long enhancement project organized by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects. The project is divided into 4 main themed activities covering Co-Tour with Docents; Co-Craft with Masters; Co-Create with Students; and Co-Design with Architects. It is expected to enrich the understanding of conservation and revitalization works among the stakeholders and uplift the community’s appreciation through professional workshops and tours taking place at these sites. Furthermore, we hope to engage the communities’ support to conservation works throughout the project.”
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