By integrating diverse cultures and identities into its development, Hong Kong emerged as the idiosyncratic city it is today. Its buildings and places have undergone transitional phases and encountered changes in functions that were influenced by political, economic, and social movements. Reflections on historic changes are vividly present in the buildings themselves and the methods chosen for their preservation. Perhaps the gradual physical and functional alterations of the sites coincide with the modification and eradication of collective memory and an awareness of the past.
Despite being once known for taking a vital role in the community, these sites have either experienced long years of vacancy or are still abandoned, which epitomizes a situation of historic buildings “fading into the landscape” (Winter, 2006). Nonetheless, Hong Kong’s proclivity for public engagement, has embodied new function to these sites with a purpose to revitalize its community and provide opportunities to make use of its limited spatial capacity. Forgotten but not gone, the disappearance of collective awareness reinforces the necessity of historical antiquities to resignify its meaning and social value.