The Legacies of British Town Planners in Hong Kong

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of East Asia Architectural Conference, South of East-Asia: Readdressing East-Asia Architecture and Urbanism
Publication statusPublished - 12 May 2011

Conference

TitleEast Asia Architectural Conference, South of East-Asia: Readdressing East-Asia Architecture and Urbanism
PlaceSingapore
Period12 - 14 May 2011

Abstract

Britain is one of the first countries in the world to establish a system of far-reaching town planning and normative town planning legislation. The impact of British town planning theories and practices on cities with colonial background is obvious worldwide. In East Asia, Hong Kong has grown from a fishing village to an international metropolis between 1841 and 1997. Its evolution demonstrates the growth of a typical colonial city and is also a notable town planning case study in China.This paper takes the legacies of British town planners to review the process of modern town planning history in Hong Kong during its colonial period. These town planners were experts in UK and appointed to specialized roles in Hong Kong. Their encounters with Hong Kong formed significant milestones in the city’s town planning and construction. The paper discusses contributions of the following planners: A.T. Gordon and the land measurement and engineering survey; Osbert Chadwick and the Public Health Ordinance; David. J. Owen and the control of urban development; W. H. Owen and the public housing; Patrick Abercrombie and the comprehensive development planning. The planning practice and policy enactment in the colony Hong Kong were in tandem with happenings in the UK. Through the description of the works of these British planners, the authors hope to reveal the impact of their work on the development of Hong Kong, drawing positive and negative lessons from historic experiences and filling academic gaps of study on Hong Kong’s town planning.

Research Area(s)

  • British planner, Hong Kong, colony, planting

Citation Format(s)

The Legacies of British Town Planners in Hong Kong. / ZOU, Han; XUE, Qiuli Charlie; LI, Baihao.
Proceedings of East Asia Architectural Conference, South of East-Asia: Readdressing East-Asia Architecture and Urbanism. 2011.

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary WorksRGC 32 - Refereed conference paper (with host publication)peer-review