Underlying social factors for evaluating heritage conservation in urban renewal districts

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Abstract

It has been increasingly recognized that heritage conservation in older districts undergoing urban renewal has a significant impact on enhancing a community's sense of place, identity and development. However, a clear understanding of the social factors which contribute to successful heritage conservation in urban renewal is still lacking. This study aims to identify the social role of heritage conservation in urban renewal. It also investigates whether certain underlying social factors vary among different districts, according to density, socio-demographics and the extent of redevelopment. In order to expose the factors, a survey of three hundred and twelve people in two urban renewal districts in Hong Kong was conducted using questionnaires. The identified social factors provide an evaluation framework for examining the collective impact of conservation of historic buildings, rather than individual historic buildings on a renewal district. The findings reveal that socio-demographics of an area, local characteristics, type of heritage buildings and the extent of urban renewal do not exert a significant influence on the composition of social factors. Several policy recommendations are also provided for urban planners and decision makers incorporating heritage conservation in urban renewal strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-148
Number of pages14
JournalHabitat International
Volume66
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2017

Keywords

  • Evaluation
  • Heritage conservation
  • Hong Kong
  • Social factors
  • Urban renewal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urban Studies

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