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Old November 10th, 2017, 04:12 AM   #461
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ARCHITECT: CITY CAN PRESERVE SENSE OF HERITAGE, ADAPT TO CHANGES
Macau Daily Times Excerpt
November 10, 2017

Macau is reaching a stage where it has the foundation, wealth and the know-how to build a sustainable city, said Christopher Law, founder and director of The Oval Partnership.

The Hong Kong-based architect is confident that Macau can develop its own technology that is intelligent and can assist to create sustainable urbanism.

At a talk held yesterday by the British Business Association of Macau (BBAM), Law reiterated the importance of rebuilding and developing communities in a way that does not lose the city’s history and story.

The architect, who has received multiple awards for his design projects, highlighted the importance of involving local residents in projects that aim to conserve the city’s heritage.

He hinted that government councils should improve their interaction with residents on developing communities with a foundation of history.

Questioned by the press on whether Macau could also be receptive of initiatives similar to the “Blue House” project in Hong Kong, a project he took part in, the expert noted that the city’s diverse culture gives it an advantage in such an idea.

The “Blue House”, a nearly century-old building, has undergone a significant revamp and revitalization project in Wan Chai, which has turned itself into a multi-functional services complex.

The space includes a House of Stories, which is dedicated to exhibiting creative works of the city, alongside restaurants and a community services center.

“It [Macau] has got the most unique culture in the Macanese community. What would be better than combining these two together so you can have a living community and a living heritage that not only concerns from the past but [also] developed in the future,” Law told the press.

The architect believes that buildings are only able to last centuries if they know how to adapt to the changing needs of their residents.

He also believes in preserving culture and history, yet adapting to the changes needed by a certain district. This is a way to develop many parts of the city, economically, socially and environmentally, and would enrich the status of Macau as a World Heritage City.

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SOCIAL AFFAIRS AND CULTURE: NO HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS IN LAI CHI VUN AREA
Dec 4, 2017
Macau Daily Times Excerpt

On the second day of the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture Policy Address presentation at the Legislative Assembly (AL), Alexis Tam pledged that the government will not build high-rise buildings in the Lai Chi Vun shipyards area, located in Coloane.

Tam attended the AL meeting on Friday to answer the questions of lawmakers regarding the policy address in the field of Tam’s secretariat.

Sulu Sou pointed out that the government has already spent about half a year in order to carry out the cultural relic evaluation of Lai Chi Vun old shipyards, and that the evaluation has not been completed yet.

What is left of the shipyards in Lai Chi Vun reminds of the time when the coastal villages were thriving in Macau. Historical accounts indicate that in the 1950s, there were around 10,000 fishermen and over 30 shipyards in Macau, many of them in Lai Chi Vun. Suffering from regional competition and the surge of the gaming industry in Macau, the industry collapsed in the 1990s.

“How long are we planning to put off the cultural relic evaluation? […] Two of the shipyards have been demolished because of the incomplete cultural relic evaluation by the Land, Public Works and Transport Bureau,” said Sou, adding “after several seasons, you will not need to do it [evaluation] anymore, [the shipyards] will disappear.”

“Is [the Lai Chi Vun dshipyards land plot] going to be used for building high-rise residences with a view to the sea?” Sou asked.

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