Re-cultivate, Restore & Revitalize
WONG Humphrey/ Meta4 Design Forum Limited
Re-cultivate, Restore & Revitalize Influx of hot monies is making Hong Kong an impossible place to purchase a home. While one needs to save up 19 years of earnings without eating or drinking to get a tiny apartment; many villages in remote locations of the New Territories are being left deserted for ages. Since the 1960’s, generations of villagers emigrated aboard seeking for livelihood & opportunities; leaving behind their fields & houses unattended for decades. 60 years passed & many of the villagers are in their 80’s. Now is almost the last opportunity to reconnect the elderly villagers & their descendants with their roots. In recent years, conservationists of Hong Kong have come up with an innovative idea to restore the collapsing houses. Villagers are invited to participate through offering their houses for free restoration & improvement works; which, upon construction completion, will be used as guestrooms of a rural life experience program for an agreed period. Through rescuing the deteriorating village fabric, there is also a hope to repair the socio-cultural network of the disappearing rural community which also set a good reference of sustainable coexistence of urban & rural Hong Kong.
復耕，復修，復村 熱錢的流入，令香港不再是一個可以置業成家的地方。雖然我們要不吃不喝19年才可買到一個小小的單位，但新界鄉郊卻有很多村落被荒廢了多年。自60年代起，一代一代的村民移居海外去尋找生計和更多的機會，田地和家園都被棄置，無人打理。 60年過去了，很多移居他郷的老村民都已經年過80。時至今日，已經是把衰老的村落和它們後人的根再連在一起的最後機會。近年香港有一些保育人士，推出了一個創新的構想為倒塌的村屋進行復修。村民獲邀參與這村屋修復及改善工程計劃，並承諾在工程完成後的一段時間把村屋用作為民宿，讓人體會農村生活。希望藉著拯救破落村屋的一磚一瓦，能修補續漸消失的鄉郊文化和社區網絡。同時能夠成為香港都市文化與鄉郊文化可持續共存共融的一個美好的典範。