Tai Kwun Conversations

Tai Kwun Conversations — Invisible Innovation: Revitalising the Central Police Station Compound

Tai Kwun Conversations: Chinese Cultural Heritage Series - Conserving the Ancestral Villages of Overseas Chinese in Wuyi Region, Guangdong

Tai Kwun Conversations: Who is Who — A Dialogue between Sarah Morris and Tobias Berger

Tai Kwun Conversations: Prison Series – Healing Walls: The Restorative Power of Art

Tai Kwun Conversations: Prison Series – Fragments of Hong Kong Literature: Dai Wangshu and Literary Maps of the Central and Western District

Tai Kwun Conversations: Prison Series – Transcending the Walls of Separation

Tai Kwun Conversations: IN OUR HANDS Series–Building a Nature-Positive Hong Kong

Tai Kwun Conversations: IN OUR HANDS Series–Heritage in Times of War

Tai Kwun Conversations: Transformative Heritage Conservation in Hong Kong, Macao and Mainland China–25 Years of an Evolving Model

Tai Kwun Conversations: IN OUR HANDS Series-Mental Wellness Promotion amid Covid-19

Tai Kwun Conversations: Negotiating Gender Relations–Insights from the Past

Tai Kwun Conversations: Authenticity vs Interpretation in music of the 17th and 18th centuries. Giulio d’Alessio in dialogue with Timothy Calnin

Tai Kwun Conversations: Bridal Laments – The Intangible Cultural Heritage of Lung Yeuk Tau

Tai Kwun Conversations: Connecting Youth

Tai Kwun Conversations: UNESCO Series - Talk 3
Heritage, power and gender in cities

Tai Kwun Conversations: UNESCO Series – Innovations in Urban Heritage

Tai Kwun Conversations: UNESCO Series - Talk 2
Urban sustainability and resilience through nature and culture

Tai Kwun Conversations: UNESCO Series - Talk 1
Urban recovery through culture, arts, and creativity

Tai Kwun Conversations: Spectre of Truth

Tai Kwun Conversations - Notre Dame – How to rebuild a masterpiece of Gothic architecture in the 21st century?

Tai Kwun Conversations - International Series on Architectural Conservation

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Dancing with a Stranger

Tai Kwun Conversations - The Making of National Gallery Singapore

Tai Kwun Conversations - Renovation of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden

Ma On Shan Spirit: Conservation of the Ma On Shan Iron Mine Landscape

CHAOS: Wing Shya × Inoue Tsuguya

Twentieth Century Heritage: Diversifying Hong Kong Stories – Using the ICOMOS ISC20C Historic Thematic Framework

Tai Kwun Conversations—No Stone Unturned – A Material Journey from Hong Kong to Mexico

Tai Kwun Conversations—Inclusive Conservation and Cultural Connection: Building Resilience for People and the Planet

Tai Kwun Conversations – Summer Institute #4 A Dialogue on Art and Cosmotechnics between Yuk Hui and Hans Ulrich Obrist

Tai Kwun Conversations – Unpacking the Reuse of Colonial-era Historic Buildings: Cases of Tai Kwun and the Rockbund Art Museum

Tai Kwun Conversations – Community Matters: Planning and Design through Narrating Community Stories

Tai Kwun Conversations – Making a Classic Modern: Frank Gehry’s Masterplan for the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Tai Kwun Conversations – A Vibrant New Arts Precinct in a Heritage Waterfront: The Revitalisation of Pier 2/3 of Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, Australia

Tai Kwun Conversations — Invisible Innovation: Revitalising the Central Police Station Compound

Laying the Groundwork: The Burra Charter and Heritage Values

The Book and the Sword in China and Italy’s Martial Culture

Healing Architecture: Tsz Shan Monastery’s Mindfulness Journey in Purifying Body and Mind

Heritage Reborn: Restoration of Duddell Street Steps and Gas Lamps

Crime, Justice and Punishment in Colonial Hong Kong

Beyond the Surface – How paint conservation tells the identity of a building

Creating a Liveable City: Combining Conservation and Development in Yangon

Beyond Memories: Conserving Heritage in France and Macao

Date & Time

7 Jun 2021 7:15pm-8:45pm


JC Cube




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Tai Kwun Conversations is a series of inspiring talks that brings together brilliant minds to discuss the challenges and rewards in pursuing a sustainable future through active management of heritage resources. Join us at this monthly event to discover outstanding practices in heritage conservation and strike up a conversation with our renowned guest speakers.

A joint partnership between The Hong Kong Jockey Club and the Government of the HKSAR, the Central Police Station Revitalisation Project has seen experts going through a decade-long journey to transform the once-closed premises into a centre for heritage and arts. Bringing in a multitude of expertise, the Project has innovated a number of creative solutions in building and engineering works intended to be unseen and hidden in the historic environment.

In the upcoming Tai Kwun Conversations, the executive architect and the engineering consultant of Hong Kong’s single largest heritage revitalisation project so far will unveil the challenges and solutions in revitalising the Central Police Station compound.


Charles Kung | Director, Rocco Design Architects Associates Ltd.

Gabriel Yam | Associate, Arup; Project Manager

6:30pm – 7:15pm


7:15pm – 8:15pm


8:15pm – 8:45pm


*The event will be conducted in Cantonese, with simultaneous interpretation from Cantonese to English available.

Programme Highlight

About The Speakers

Charles Kung
Gabriel Yam

Charles Kung is the Director of Rocco Design Architects Associates Ltd. He graduated from the University of Hong Kong and joined the Rocco Design Architects Associates Ltd in 1997. He brings expertise spanning both detail design development and project management and has been the team leader in various projects across Hong Kong and China. He has extensive experience in managing complex projects with diverse stakeholder inputs, which includes IFC development, hotel ICON and Central Police Station Revitalisation Project. He has been a member of the Building and Lands Committee of HKIA from 2016 to 2019 and has contributed to every project with his wealth of government liaison knowledge to ensure smooth approval process.

Gabriel Yam graduated from the University of Queensland, Australia, in 1995 and obtained his Master of Science from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 1999. Gabriel joined Arup as an Associate in 2008 and has worked on the Tai Kwun project since 2009 until its opening in 2018. He was the project manager and led a team of multi-disciplinary engineers in Hong Kong and collaborated with international heritage experts and world-renowned architects for the conservation and revitalisation work of the former Central Police Station compound. Innovation solutions were achieved using a balanced design approach between modern-day regulations and preservation of historic fabric. The Tai Kwun project was recognised for its technical excellence by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and won the grand award in both Structural and Fire Engineering in 2019.

Tai Kwun Treats

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