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Title: Assessing the social impact of revitalising historic buildings on urban renewal: The case of a local participatory mechanism
Authors: Yung, EHK 
Chan, EHW 
Xu, Y
Keywords: Evaluation
Historic buildings
Hong Kong
Social impacts
Urban renewal
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: InterScience
Source: Journal of design research, 2015, v. 13, no. 2, p. 125-149 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of design research 
Abstract: The tension between heritage conservation and redevelopment is a constant unresolved issue. Urban renewal usually involves large scale demolition and redevelopment, which destroys sense of place, history and people's memories. The conservation of historic buildings is increasingly recognised as contributing to the social well-being and sustainability of an urban city. However, numerous historic buildings located in old dilapidated areas are often demolished to make way for urban renewal. As a consequence, social problems such as destruction of existing social networks, expulsion of vulnerable groups and adverse impact on living environments are often the result. However, the impact and the role of revitalisation of historic buildings in urban renewal districts still lack a robust evaluation framework. This study aims to identify the social impact of revitalising historic buildings in urban renewal on community life. Using in-depth interviews with a panel of experts and an intensive review of the literature, a list of factors that have social impact was created and elaborated on. A case study of an older area in Hong Kong served as an illustration of the social impact of revitalisation of historic buildings in urban renewal districts. It revealed that a successful NGO and a community participatory mechanism largely affect the social impact of revitalising historic buildings in urban renewal.
ISSN: 1748-3050
EISSN: 1569-1551
DOI: 10.1504/JDR.2015.069755
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