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VICTORIA BARRACKS OF DISAPPEARANCE: CONTESTED POST-MILITARY LANDSCAPE IN HIGH-DENSITY URBAN HONG KONG

Abstract
By : Jing Xiao, Charlie Q. L. Xue

 
This research paper examines the post-military landscape of the Victoria Barracks regarding the high-density urbanism in Hong Kong from the 1970s to the 2000s. The article first interprets the concept of post-military landscape according to the ideology and urbanism of the then Hong Kong society. It then studies three plans of the Victoria Barracks of different stages, showing contestations between domestic, commercial and administrative powers in controlling the military redevelopment. Several contemporary architectural projects on the site will also provide an alternative view of the transformation according to the local economic laissez-faire policy. Its influence to the unsatisfactory heritage protection leads to the disappearance and false representation of the identity of this particular military and cultural heritage.

Keywords: Post-military landscape, Built Heritage, Victoria Barracks, Hong Kong Park, laissez-faire planning

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