Hilary Tsui

works as an independent cultural producer, curator, and cultural writer based in Vienna. She is the founder and programme director of city transit Asia-Europe, a platform for art exchange, urban discourse, and research cooperation between Asian and European cities.


Art interventions as alternative place-making

Urban cultural exchange between Vienna and Hong Kong

The creative city has become the buzzword on the agenda of many city governments, economic developers, and cultural planners since Charles Landry introduced this idea in his book “The Creative City: A Toolkit for Urban Innovators” in 2000.

The demolition of Star Ferry Pier

Urban reclamation versus cultural heritage in Hong Kong

After the handover, Hong Kong has sought to brand itself as “Asia’s World City”. Several historical features have been demolished – or “reclaimed” – to make way for shopping malls, high-rise apartment blocks, traditional Chinese architecture, and tourist kitsch. The result, says Huilary Tsui, is just another Asian megalopolis. Nevertheless, a new culture of public opposition to heritage-hostile urban planning is taking root.

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