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Public Housing Heritage

Hong Kong's public housing programme dates back to the 1950's. It has been addressing the housing needs of low-income families for over half a century and contributed to the city's social cohesion and stability. Besides some 460 000 families who have bought subsidised flats, there are currently about 770 000 families, or 2 million people, living on public rental estates. The architecture, the way of life and the culture in public housing estates have been evolving over the decades, and made up a rich heritage cherished by many in Hong Kong.

Public Housing Development

Public Housing Development

From the rehousing of fire victims in the first resettlement estate in Shek Kip Mei in 1954 to the present day, trace the history of public housing in Hong Kong.


Light and Shade: life passé in old estates

Light and Shade Exhibition

The Housing Authority organised in 2009 the "Light and Shade: life passé in old estates" Photo and Video Exhibition to commemorate the historic estates of Shek Kip Mei, So Uk and Lower Ngau Tau Kok. The exhibition put on display three series of photos and documentary videos taken at the estates before their demolition. The fascinating vistas, as well as the every day life and emotional bonds of the people who had lived there were captured in a flow of light and shade...

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