Centre for Humanities Research held the "Hong Kong Literature and Culture of the 1950s Seminar Series (14): Hong Kong Architecture Styles of the 1950s" on 22 January. Mr Tony Lam Chung-wai, President of the Heritage and Conservation Committee of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects, was invited to speak on the Hong Kong architecture styles of the 1950s.
During the seminar, Mr Lam singled out the pivotal position of Hong Kong architecture styles of the 1950s which had their unique epochal background. The 1950s was an epoch of succession and transformation. The development of architecture was brought to a halt by the Second World War in the early 1940s, while the end of the decade witnessed a negotiation of styles. In the 1950s, architecture revived in Hong Kong by succeeding Art Deco and Modernism of the 1930s, and transforming towards International Style of the 1960s.
Mr Lam not only showed examples of different architecture styles in Hong Kong and explained their transformation in the 1950s, but also talked about the conservation of many old buildings today.
Please click HERE to see a video recording of the seminar (in Cantonese).