“華埠建築復修擬發債集資 溫市府撥款10萬規劃研究”

2016-06-11 – 明報

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【明報專訊】溫市政府計劃向華埠僑團傳統建築協會(CSHBA)撥款10萬元,研究如何保留華埠12幢獲市府列名的傳統建築。撥款包括將會用作聘請專家揀選需要優先修葺的堂所或樓宇,另外亦會聘請財務專家負責製訂集資方案,並考慮發行「社區債券」(Community Bond)向公眾集資,將會深入研究債券的發行形式和回報率。

溫市議會去年通過撥款360萬元,資助總額3600萬元的會館傳承計劃(Chinese Society Legacy Program),為華埠12幢堂所和會館進行大型修復工程,並指出傳承計劃的其餘資金需透過省和聯邦政府及社區籌集。

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“波士頓華埠建設地圖網路上線”

2016-05-27 – 舢舨

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紐英倫華人歷史協會於5月23日在麻州歷史協會舉辦了一場招待會,慶祝Chinatown Atlas 華埠建設地圖網路上線。大約50人參加了活動.

Chinatown Atlas華埠建設地圖是前任麻省理工大學建築和城市設計教授李燦輝15年的心血,記錄波士頓華人的起源以及他們如何建造的華埠。曾經這些資料是以橫幅形式展現,現在這些地圖、圖片和海拔效果圖都是一個互動型網站的一部分。

李燦輝的研究團隊包括Randall Imai、紐英倫華人歷史協會成員張大偉、麻省理工大學的學生以及其他很多人。

Chinatown Atlas華埠建設地圖可以在http://chinatownatlas.mit.edu/瀏覽。

“Boston Chinatown development map goes online”

May, 27, 2016 – Sampan

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The Chinese Historical Society of New England (CHSNE) hosted a reception on May 23 for the Chinatown Atlas going online at the Massachusetts Historical Society. About 50 individuals attended the event.

The Chinatown Atlas was a 15-year effort by Tunney Lee, former MIT professor of architecture and urban planning, to document the origins of the Chinese in Boston and how they built Chinatown. Formerly displayed as banners, the maps, photos and elevation renderings are now part ofan interactive website.

Lee’s research team included architect Randall Imai, CHSNE member David Chang, MIT students and many others.

The Chinatown Atlas can be viewed at http://chinatownatlas.mit.edu/.

“華埠地皮發展 卡市府諮詢民意”

2016-05-25 – 星島日報

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卡加利市政府將於周四舉行首場諮詢會,討論華埠一幅土地重建發展而衍生的長遠規劃爭議等事宜,呼籲民眾參與其中。
市府期望諮詢會能集結社區聲音,讓市府的規劃部門「更瞭解各方的疑慮、(期望的發展)機遇及成果」。
市議會今年4月通過,三度押後審議一幅具爭議的地皮發展項目,並額外製訂「規劃展望報告」(scoping report),以便廣納民意,為華埠規劃發展定下更清晰方向。

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“Canada’s Most Endangered Places Include Vancouver’s Chinatown”

May, 27, 2016 – The Huffington Post B.C.

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Since 2005, National Trust for Canada has been publishing an annual list of the country’s most endangered places.

The charity releases the list to raise awareness of the “value that historic places bring to quality of life, local identity and cultural vitality.” In choosing the sites for the list, the organization measures a place’s significance, the severity of the threat it faces and how much work has been done to protect it.

This year’s list, released on Thursday, includes Vancouver’s Chinatown, which the organization says is at risk of losing its unique character.

“Relentless development threatens the physical fabric of this nationally significant urban cultural landscape,” the charity states on its website. It adds that “intense speculation” has raised rents and displaced long-time residents.

“Vancouver’s Chinatown: Development wave crushes culturally unique neighbourhood.“

May, 26, 2016 – National Trust of Canada

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Location

Vancouver, British Columbia

Why it matters

Canada’s largest Chinatown stands as a testament to the integral role the Chinese community has played in shaping Vancouver. Since before the city’s founding in 1886, Chinese immigrants settled in the area of Carrall Street and Pender Street, forming a tight-knit self-segregated community, amidst racial prejudice. They brought with them Chinese architectural styles, whose influence is felt throughout the neighbourhood and in the National Historic Site at its core. The blend of Chinese and Western styles lends Chinatown its distinctive feel, giving rise to places like the Sam Kee Building, the world’s narrowest commercial building, and the Chinese Freemason’s Building. Today, Chinatown continues to be a hub for social and cultural activities for Vancouver’s thriving Chinese community.

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“溫哥華10大瀕危建築 中國城上榜”

2016-05-12 – 世界新聞網 (圖)

溫哥華傳統基金會(Vancouver Heritage Foundation)表示現在溫哥華內的歷史建築愈來愈少,由於發展壓力,許多建築也失去本來面貌。基金會10日發布溫哥華瀕危十大建築,中國城也榜上有名。

溫哥華傳統基金會是獨立的慈善組織,致力保護傳統建築,周二發布聲明表示,「歷史建築的獨特性是溫哥華的吸引力之一,雖然不是每一棟建築都可以被保留下來,但我們仍希望能留下極為重要的部分建築。」

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“華社10 堂所維修 共獲49.6萬撥款 溫市府最後一批等額補貼”

2016-04-29 – 明報

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【明報專訊】溫市政府第三度推出華社建築等額補貼計劃(Chinese Society Building Matching Program),將計劃餘款即49.6萬元,以配對方式分配給華埠10間堂所,進行各項維修工程,保存傳統建築特色。提出撥款申請的10間堂所中,有4間是首次獲得資助,市議會將於下星期三的會議上就有關動議表決。

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“溫市十大古蹟臨危 華埠上榜 指大型發展項目改變社區特色”

2016-05-11  – 明報

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【明報專訊】溫哥華古蹟會(Heritage Vancouver)公布2016年溫哥華十大關注(Watch List)名單,指溫市一些鄰舍的特色、文化和歷史面對威脅,榜上有逾100年歷史的社區學校、地標性建築物和華埠(圖)等。

機構指,華埠、福溪和市中心東端部分地區都在今年的名單上,它們每一處都擁有溫哥華歷史的獨特之處,在不同文化社區中佔重要地位,但「全部面臨同一威脅——發展壓力。」

機構指,這些地區首先引來發展是因其獨特之處,但大肆發展和巨大的項目卻給這些特色造成無法挽回的改變,例如溫西獨立屋,推翻重建已司空見慣,但至少應該保護特色屋。

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“The war over the future of Calgary’s Chinatown”

May, 28, 2016 – Globe and Mail

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All eyes were on Chinatown Calgary this month as the community fought back against plans for a 27-storey development pegged for the largest vacant lot in the community. Chinatown’s existing Area Redevelopment Plan hasn’t been updated in 30 years, but with three more developers drawing up plans for the neighbourhood, it’s now getting some much needed attention.

“Policy documents like this should be reviewed every five years,” says Terry Wong, spokesman for Chinatown’s recently founded Business Revitalization Zone, “so it’s 25 years overdue.”

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