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Conference Paper: Evidences that demand a verdict: place-making battles in Asia’s world city

TitleEvidences that demand a verdict: place-making battles in Asia’s world city
Authors
Issue Date2009
PublisherCentre of Urban Studies and Urban Planning, University of Hong Kong
Citation
The 10th Asian Urbanization Conference, Hong Kong, 16-19 August 2009. How to Cite?
AbstractThis paper examines the history and politics of reclamation, a mechanism that has produced 25 percent of urban land from the sea, in Hong Kong. Through detailed review of historical records and documents, the eroic conquest of the sea by reclamation in Hong Kong in the past 168 years can be divided in four broad phases: a tug-of-war between the pro-reclamation colonial Government and the anti-reclamation British military force and the private sector in the first forty years in the City of Victoria; a prolonged period from the 1880s to the Second World War with Government-planned but private sector-driven reclamations spread to Kowloon, annexed in 1860; the post-war decades up to the 1990s when public-sector led reclamation had been instrumental in accommodating and fueling industrialization and urban growth spatially and financially; and finally in the last decade when the civil society groups have been proactive in arresting further Harbour reclamation and demanding a right to design an accessible, vibrant and sustainable Harbourfront. This historical review offers us a window to decipher the politics of place-making in an evolving open market economy facilitated by an executive-led government increasingly challenged by a developing post-colonial civil society.
DescriptionParallel Session 1: 1.2 Urbanization
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/93642

 

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dc.contributor.authorNg, MKen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-25T15:07:34Z-
dc.date.available2010-09-25T15:07:34Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_HK
dc.identifier.citationThe 10th Asian Urbanization Conference, Hong Kong, 16-19 August 2009.-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/93642-
dc.descriptionParallel Session 1: 1.2 Urbanization-
dc.description.abstractThis paper examines the history and politics of reclamation, a mechanism that has produced 25 percent of urban land from the sea, in Hong Kong. Through detailed review of historical records and documents, the eroic conquest of the sea by reclamation in Hong Kong in the past 168 years can be divided in four broad phases: a tug-of-war between the pro-reclamation colonial Government and the anti-reclamation British military force and the private sector in the first forty years in the City of Victoria; a prolonged period from the 1880s to the Second World War with Government-planned but private sector-driven reclamations spread to Kowloon, annexed in 1860; the post-war decades up to the 1990s when public-sector led reclamation had been instrumental in accommodating and fueling industrialization and urban growth spatially and financially; and finally in the last decade when the civil society groups have been proactive in arresting further Harbour reclamation and demanding a right to design an accessible, vibrant and sustainable Harbourfront. This historical review offers us a window to decipher the politics of place-making in an evolving open market economy facilitated by an executive-led government increasingly challenged by a developing post-colonial civil society.-
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherCentre of Urban Studies and Urban Planning, University of Hong Kong-
dc.relation.ispartofAsian Urbanisation Conference-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titleEvidences that demand a verdict: place-making battles in Asia’s world cityen_HK
dc.typeConference_Paperen_HK
dc.identifier.emailNg, MK: meekng@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
dc.description.naturepostprint-
dc.identifier.hkuros163297en_HK
dc.description.otherThe 10th Asian Urbanization Conference, Hong Kong, 16-19 August 2009.-

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