Book Presentation, Panel Discussion Revisiting Hong Kong Modern. Book Presentation, Panel Discussion

   © Walter Koditek

Thu, 10.02.2022

19.00 Uhr


Kindly note that due to the extension of the social distancing measures by the Hong Kong government, the book presentation and the panel discussion schedule on 10.2.2022 (Thu) at 7:00pm will now be conducted online only. A ZOOM link will be sent to the registered participants two days prior to the event. REGISTER NOW:

Book presentation
Koditek, Walter
HONG KONG MODERN Architecture of the 1950s-1970s

ISBN 978-988-78796-2-6 © 2022 by Apsara Books, Hong Kong
ISBN 978-3-86922-798-6 © 2023 by DOM publishers, Berlin

The book can be purchased at the exhibition.

In connection with the panel discussion, author Walter Koditek will introduce the newly published book HONG KONG MODERN Architecture of the 1950s-1970s. The book combines three elements: it is (1) a "coffee table" book with full-page photographs of building facades; (2) an architectural guide or documentation in text and b/w images explaining and illustrating the design and background of these buildings; and (3) a series of academic essays on the architectural and urban history of Hong Kong penned by Cecilia Chu, Eunice Seng, Ying Zhou and Charles Lai. The book publication was supported by Docomomo Hong Kong, Design Trust Seed Grant and the Goethe-Institut Hong Kong.

   Walter Koditek Walter Koditek is a German urban planner, author and photographer based in Hong Kong. After graduating at Technical University Berlin, Walter’s first professional life had him practicing for almost two decadesat various planning/design consultancies and teaching at university. In 2006, he relocated to Asia, where he worked as an urban planning expert in Cambodia and Vietnam. He moved on to Hong Kong in 2014, using the city as a base for his consultant work, and documenting its unique architectural landscape with his camera whenever possible. Walter has always been a strong advocate of cultural heritage conservation. He published the photo book Battambang Heritage (2018, Apsara Books, Hong Kong) and co-authored the Architectural Guide Phnom Penh (2020, DOM Publishers, Berlin), before focusing on the modernist architectural legacy of Hong Kong.

The book can be purchased at the exhibition at a special price.

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Panel Discussion: Revisiting Hong Kong Modern

Postwar Hong Kong has long been narrated through heroic stories of modernization and progress associated with relentless building development. However, such narratives have begun to change in recent years amidst widening interests to protect the city’s architectural heritage and enhance its urban identity. This panel will explore the changing interpretations of Hong Kong’s postwar architecture and how documentation of these buildings may play a role in reshaping our relationships with the built environment and senses of history.


Cecilia L. Chu is an Associate Professor in the Division of Landscape Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. Trained as an urban historian with a background in design and conservation, her works focus on the social and cultural processes that shape the forms and meanings of built environments and their impacts on local communities. She is a co-founder of Docomomo Hong Kong and an editorial member of Journal of Urban History and Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong. She is the author of Building Colonial Hong Kong: Speculative Development and Segregation in the City (Routledge, 2022) and co-editor of The Speculative City: Emergent Forms and Norms of the Built Environment (University of Toronto Press, 2022).

Eunice Seng is Associate Professor and Chair of the PhD Program in the Department of Architectureat The University of Hong Kong, and founding principal of SKEW Collaborative. She is a founding member of Docomomo Hong Kong and co-director of Building Agency: Archifest 2017, organized by the Singapore Institute of Architects. An architectural historian and architect, her work explores interdisciplinary intersections, transnational connections and agency in architecture, housing, domesticity, gender, labor, and public space. She is the author of Resistant City: Histories, Maps, and the Architecture of Development (WSP, 2020).

Ying Zhou is an Architect and Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture at HKU. She has been researching the mechanisms of spatial productions specific of Asian cities, in the way they inflect global flows and manifest economic transitions in local institutional frameworks. She has published in Critical Planning, Urban China, and exhibited at the Rotterdam Biennale, Haus der Kunst, the Swiss Architecture Museum, amongst others. Her faith in architecture as a cultural product whose form and materiality physically manifest as well as instigate the ideas and aspirations of complex contexts comes from her collaborationsat the Future Cities Laboratory of the Singapore-ETH Centre with the chair of Kees Christiaanse and at the ETH Studio Basel with chair of Herzog & de Meuron. Born in Shanghai, Ying holds a B.S.E. from Princeton, a M.Arch. from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard and a PhD from the ETHZ.

Dr. Anita Chung is Head of Heritage at Tai Kwun: Centre for Heritage & Arts. Prior to her current role, she was Chief Operating Officer at The Robert H N Ho Family Foundation in Hong Kong; Head of Asian Art Department and Curator of Chinese Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art in the United States. She also served as Curator of Chinese Art at the National Museum of Scotland and Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. Trained as an art historian with research interests in Chinese painting, architecture, heritage and cultural studies, Chung is author of Drawing Boundaries: Architectural Images in Qing China and various international exhibition catalogues.

Sarah Greene graduated in 1998 with a Masters Degree from the University of Ghent in Asian Arts and Cultures. She founded Blue Lotus Gallery in 2007 to promote Hong Kong budding talent. Currently the gallery is focusing on photography expressing Hong Kong’s culture and identity through various exhibitions and book projects. Greene has been instrumental in launching the careers of Hong Kong's emerging photography talent. She is honoured to be assigned as the global representative for the Fan Ho Trust.