From landmark architecture to everyday space

presentation at CSA Taiwan annual conference 2023.03.11 and sharing at NCKU 03.16 Our understanding of “cultural infrastructure” is usually the landmark architecture like the museum or the opera house, such as this case of the Lincoln Centre in New York City. Built in the 1960s, it is a grand structure sitting on the high plinth… Continue reading From landmark architecture to everyday space

The decade-long making of Cultural Centre

In February 1974, a Cultural Complex sub-committee under the Standing Committee of the Whole Council of Urban Council was setup to coordinate the overall project that was originally under three separate Select Committee (Museum and Art Gallery Selection Committee, Recreation and Amenity Select Committee, City Hall Select Committee). As the master plan was drafted by… Continue reading The decade-long making of Cultural Centre

Key players on cultural infrastructure

Cultural architecture is often celebrated for its distinction in design to the credit of the architect. However, as we unpack the idea of architectural landmark as a public institution, we would find many more factors in its making beyond the architect's drawing board. This brief review of public offices involved in cultural infrastructure development serves… Continue reading Key players on cultural infrastructure

The inception of a Cultural Centre

Inaugurated with a full month of celebratory festival in November 1989, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre marks its significances as the cultural and architectural landmark of the city's most prosperous development period at the end of the 20th century. The project span over two decades in its making, from early proposals of a new museum… Continue reading The inception of a Cultural Centre

Why study HKCC?

Since the time of its opening in November 1989, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre (HKCC) has been a subject of debate as the new cultural landmark of the city. Situated along the Victoria harbour front, it was criticised by the public for its windowless facade, while initial acoustic quality of the concert hall was also… Continue reading Why study HKCC?

Reading public space through plan drawings

Cultural architecture is usually discussed in terms of its formal aesthetic or symbolic meaning, and the actual experienced space receive less attention than the exterior imagery. Urban experience is often studied in social science, although only with marginal connection to the design and programming of architectural space. Therefore, a renewed perspective to look at the… Continue reading Reading public space through plan drawings