Revitalization Policy of Factories in Hong Kong 2009-2019 Case Study
Case Study_The Wave
The Wave is one of the converted flatted factories located in Kwun Tong area. The developers kept the existing characteristics of Kwun Tong that many factory buildings are full of restaurants, creative markets and even personal studios, while The Wave also provide comprehensive platform services for newly entrepreneurs with affordable and flexible leasing, expecting to attract local small businesses, non-government organizations and charities.
Besides the aim to establish community with Hong Kong characteristics, The Wave also encourages creative groups for collaboration, hosting lectures, workshops and more. In addition to provide physical space, the property owner also provide one-stop service such as secretaries, human resources, accounting, trademark registration, tax filling and so on, allowing those small companies focus on the production creation. This newly popular co-working mode introduced the concept of sharing among small studios build connections among each members and provide convenience for all. It is also the point of creative communities used to do and valued all the time.
According to PR from The Wave, their expectation is to bring vitality from creative groups to further contribute to the related industries (The Wave, 2019).
Self-revitalization vs. government urban renewal
The intention of the revitalization policy is to develop the diversity within the community, allowing the land could be fully used. Unfortunately, the result is the speculation of flatted factories, displaced existing low-income users and destroying the current vibrancy in Kwun Tong. The so-called diversified development is the almost identical office buildings and various hotels (Oliver, 2015).
From the government perspective, the benefits of urban renewal were seen from the broader scale that contributing to the general city identity building. The redevelopment of architecture also incorporated with the surrounding place-making, such as building set-backs or provision of open space (HKIE, 2010).
The control of large-scale planning in certain area could help re-organize not the project itself, but also deliberated the congestion and promoted general living environment, which is hard to achieve by single groups.
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Oliver, 2015. 立場新聞：惡夢結束？香港活化工廈政策六年禍害. [Online] Available at: https://www.thestandnews.com/culture/%E6%83%A1%E5%A4%A2%E7%B5%90%E6%9D%9F-%E9%A6%99%E6%B8%AF%E6%B4%BB%E5%8C%96%E5%B7%A5%E5%BB%88%E6%94%BF%E7%AD%96%E5%85%AD%E5%B9%B4%E7%A6%8D%E5%AE%B3/ [Accessed 10 Dec. 2019].
The Wave, 2019. 活化工廈THE WAVE潮撐本土創業. [Online] Available at: https://thewave.com.hk/featured_item/%E6%B4%BB%E5%8C%96%E5%B7%A5%E5%BB%88the-wave%E6%BD%AE%E6%92%90%E6%9C%AC%E5%9C%9F%E5%89%B5%E6%A5%AD/ [Accessed 18 Dec. 2019].