Urban Repurposing: Re-imagining and revitalising the city
British Council SPARK Festival Creative Cities Panel discussion/thought leadership event (Tai Kwun, Hong Kong, 18 Jan 2018)
I participated in the Urban Repurposing panel discussions on how digital technologies can facilitate the creation of digital and virtual spaces around the built heritage environments. Abstract below.
Virtual Spaces within Built Environments
Abstract – 21st century urban spaces with its magnificent structures and glorious designs can often belie the fact that visible, physical spaces are not spaces in which communities naturally settle. There are spaces within such spaces created by individuals and communities at the cultural, socio-political and personal levels. In contemporary societies, such spaces are often mediated by digital devices. In exploring opportunities and challenges in the repurposing of buildings and conserving the built environment heritage in order to revitalise our cities, the idea of virtual and mediated spaces must be considered. The concept of a virtual space mediated by digital technologies for the reproduction, storage, and sharing of cultural heritage is increasingly important, for they provide a means to record and share memories by individuals and institutions.