This webinar discusses heritage buildings restoration in China – 4th February 2021, 10.00am GMT / 6.00pm China (GMT+8)
Join us for a panel discussion regarding the restoration of heritage buildings in China, which will include the Ling Zhao Xuan (or Crystal Palace) in Beijing, the Tai Kwun art complex in Hong Kong, and the Borderless Community of Zi Ni Twelve Portals in Guangzhou. The panel will discuss not only the architectural challenges in restoring heritage buildings in China, but also the economic and social issues that are inherent in every heritage building project due to the clash of old and new in fast developing cities.
Our panel members all have deep experience with heritage buildings in China.:
Dr. Qian Gao is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Stirling. Her research focuses on the inter-relationships between the understanding, use, conservation and management of heritage across Eastern and Western societies, as well as the integration between ‘humanistic’ and ‘scientific’ approaches in heritage studies. She is involved in the ongoing cooperation between the University of Stirling, Historic Environment Scotland, and the Palace Museum on the conservation of the Ling Zhao Xuan, also known as the Crystal Place, of the Forbidden City in Beijing, with her research on the dynamics between the ‘Eastern’ and ‘Western’, ‘Humanistic’ and ‘Scientific’ experts and expertise in heritage conservation in the context of international cooperation.
Mr. Liu Sing Cheong is the Non-Executive Chairman of Grosvenor Asia Pacific. He has operated his own business in the real estate industry in mainland China since the early 1990’s. He initiated an award-winning renovation project in Panyu, Guangzhou about five years ago – the Borderless Community of Zi Ni Twelve Portals, a multi-purpose co-living community concept turned conference and exhibition center. The project transformed a dilapidated former factory, which was part of a large sugar refinery plant dating back to the 1950s (details can be found here and here).
Mr. Mike Moir is a former Director of Swire Properties and until early 2019 he was Director of Property at the Hong Kong Jockey Club, before returning to Scotland. Mike will talk about the creation of “Tai Kwun”, which involved the conservation and revitalisation of a compound of 19th century colonial Hong Kong buildings comprising the Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison (details can be found here).