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Event On : November 11, 2023

The Urban Living Room Kowloon City Municipal Services Building Walk & Talk

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Date(s) - November 11, 2023
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Dear Members

Join us for a walk through Kowloon City and its soon-to-be-demolished Municipal Services Building (MSB), designed by Palmer and Turner in 1985. The Kowloon City MSB, located across from the site of the now demolished Kowloon Walled City, is one of more than two dozen multifunctional civic buildings which our then Urban Council (UC) built in the lead-up to Hong Kong’s 1997 Handover.

An indigenous architectural type – the public “urban living room” – where young and old can come together to eat, read, work out and repose, these buildings are unique to Hong Kong and came into existence due to population density and a planning-imposed space scarcity in residential developments which could otherwise have accommodated these activities. In a typical MSB, wet markets and food courts are housed along with a variety of sports facilities, libraries, theaters and other spaces for cultural functions.

Architect Ying Zhou, president of DocomomoHK* and Associate Professor of Architecture at HKU will make a short presentation on the background of these buildings before leading a tour of the Kowloon City MSB itself.


Date:       November 11, 2023 (Saturday)
Time:       4:00 – 6:00 PM
Venue:     Kowloon City Municipal Services Building
CES:         1.5 LUs
Fee:         Members – $100; Non-members – $150;
                Mentors & Student Members – Gratis with Promo Code

To register, please sign up HERE on or before November 4, 2023, at 5:00 PM.

* The local chapter of the international organization for the documentation and conservation of the Modern Movement

About our Tour Leader

Dr Ying Zhou
Associate Professor, Faculty of Architecture, University of Hong Kong

Ying Zhou joined the faculty of architecture at the University of Hong Kong in 2016. Her expertise is at the intersection of architecture, urbanism and visual art, and her current research investigates art spaces in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Singapore. She also studies and writes about heritage conservation, adaptive reuse, gentrification and “creative cities”. Ying is concerned with how the process of creating built environments manifests the larger relationships between the repurposing of buildings, cities, new economies and governance systems, particularly in East Asia.

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