"Sharing Memoirs and Extending Legacy in Transforming Kowloon East" public engagement campaign launched

The Energizing Kowloon East Office (EKEO) of the Development Bureau launched a public engagement campaign entitled "Sharing Memoirs and Extending Legacy in Transforming Kowloon East" today (March 1). The campaign invites the public to share stories and donate photos, products and machines with interesting industrial heritage value related to Kowloon East.

The public engagement campaign aims at complementing the "Study on Industrial Heritage of Kowloon East and its Potential for Public Art and Urban Design", commissioned by the EKEO in December last year.

"The Study will collect and record the industrial development history of Kowloon East. The unique industrial heritage of this area will become a reference point in improving public spaces and private redevelopment projects through urban design guidelines and public art. We hope the heritage of the area will be integrated into its urban transformation process," a spokesman for the Development Bureau said.

The purposes of the Study are as follows:

- to record the manufacturing industry and industrial development history of Kwun Tong and Kowloon Bay in aspects including urban planning development, industrial evolution and architecture of industrial buildings;

- to translate its unique industrial heritage into urban design guidelines and integrate the area's industrial legacy into creative design;

- to propose an Industrial Cultural Map of industrial buildings, landmarks and urban space; and

- to develop an advocacy statement promoting respect for industrial heritage in conversion and redevelopment projects.

The Study is being undertaken by a multi-disciplinary team of consultants comprising historians, architects, artists, planners and overseas experts and is expected to complete in one to one and a half years.

"We appeal to the public to support the public engagement campaign through sharing stories, artefacts and photos associated with Kwun Tong and Kowloon Bay with us to enrich the findings of the Study," the spokesman added.

The public can send their stories, photos and descriptions of their articles to the EKEO (email: ihs_ekeo@devb.gov.hk; Tel: 3904 1337).

For details of the campaign, please visit the EKEO website at www.ekeo.gov.hk.

Ends/Friday, March 1, 2013
Issued at HKT 17:00