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

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)457-466
Number of pages10
JournalHabitat International
Volume35
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011

Keywords

  • Built-heritage conservation
  • Public participation
  • Stakeholders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

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