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Enabling sustainable built heritage revitalisation from a social and technical perspective: A case study

Daniel Ho (Department of Real Estate and Construction, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
Huiying Hou (School of Hotel and Tourism Management, Chinese University of Hong Kong, New Territories, Hong Kong)


ISSN: 0263-2772

Article publication date: 5 April 2019

Issue publication date: 12 July 2019




This study aims to investigate built heritage revitalisation projects in Hong Kong through a case study.


For this study, a representative built heritage revitalisation project in Hong Kong is selected study revitalisation in practice in Hong Kong. The case study adopts content analysis as the main method of analysis. It involves counting keywords, comparing content, categorising content patterns and interpreting the content of documents.


The findings reveal that in the revitalisation process, there is significant fragmentation in collaboration among government sectors and in conservation documentation and that an effective knowledge sharing mechanism and valid public engagement is needed. A conceptual framework of social network-enabled building information modelling (BIM) platform is proposed to enhance knowledge sharing and cross-sector collaboration.

Practical implications

The conceptual framework developed based on the case study is expected to bring practical implications to urban regeneration policies in Hong Kong.


This study views built heritage revitalisation practice as different individual projects and provides a social and technical perspective to investigate built heritage revitalisation.



The research is supported by the Small Project Funding from the University of Hong Kong for the research project entitled Public Awareness of and Attitude towards Heritage in Hong Kong.


Ho, D. and Hou, H. (2019), "Enabling sustainable built heritage revitalisation from a social and technical perspective: A case study", Facilities, Vol. 37 No. 11/12, pp. 704-722.



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