Problem issues of public participation in built-heritage conservation: Two controversial cases in Hong Kong

Problem issues of public participation in built-heritage conservation: Two controversial cases in... Since the last two decades, public participation has become a worldwide issue as the bottom-up approach has spread across the field of heritage conservation and city planning. This paper aims to examine the problematic issues in public participation in built-heritage conservation. The paper begins by highlighting the importance of public participation in built-heritage conservation and provides an understanding of the role of public participation in decision-makings in other countries; then, it examines a theoretical framework by which to understand the extent of public participation. Two controversial cases in Hong Kong illustrate the major problem issues in public participation in built-heritage conservation. This study found that the issues include different preferences regarding what is worthy of conservation; the lack of an effective public participation mechanism and integrated heritage conservation approach in the decision-making process; the different and conflicting interests of various stakeholders; power disparity; propaganda and mobilisation of interest groups; and the lack of knowledge on heritage conservation. According to the issues identified in the case studies, corresponding policy implications and recommendations to enhance public participation are made. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Habitat International Elsevier

Problem issues of public participation in built-heritage conservation: Two controversial cases in Hong Kong

Habitat International, Volume 35 (3) – Jul 1, 2011

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Elsevier
Copyright
Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd
ISSN
0197-3975
eISSN
1873-5428
DOI
10.1016/j.habitatint.2010.12.004
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Abstract

Since the last two decades, public participation has become a worldwide issue as the bottom-up approach has spread across the field of heritage conservation and city planning. This paper aims to examine the problematic issues in public participation in built-heritage conservation. The paper begins by highlighting the importance of public participation in built-heritage conservation and provides an understanding of the role of public participation in decision-makings in other countries; then, it examines a theoretical framework by which to understand the extent of public participation. Two controversial cases in Hong Kong illustrate the major problem issues in public participation in built-heritage conservation. This study found that the issues include different preferences regarding what is worthy of conservation; the lack of an effective public participation mechanism and integrated heritage conservation approach in the decision-making process; the different and conflicting interests of various stakeholders; power disparity; propaganda and mobilisation of interest groups; and the lack of knowledge on heritage conservation. According to the issues identified in the case studies, corresponding policy implications and recommendations to enhance public participation are made.

Journal

Habitat InternationalElsevier

Published: Jul 1, 2011

References

  • Quality of life perceptions and directions for urban regeneration in Hong Kong
    Ng, M.K.
  • Urbanization and planning in the third world
    Potter, R.B.
  • Conservation of Bangkok old town
    Sirisrisak, T.
  • Conservation and rehabilitation of urban heritage in developing countries
    Steinberg, F.
  • Built cultural heritage and sustainable urban development
    Tweed, C.; Sutherland, M.

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