Hong Kong
A City without Ground

A City without Ground

Connecting Pedestrian Elements Hong Kong’s obsession with elevated structures is not only apparent in its urban core but also in physical existence in its new town developments. This trend was observed during a visit to Sha Tin New Town which was developed in the 1970s. Elevated connectors unite different layers of activity, and accommodate new...
Invisible logic of the city #7

Invisible logic of the city #7

 Hong Kong street scene at night©Neurotic Monkey “While western cities with their formalist urban configurations have a built-in inertia to change, Hong Kong with its high urban population density and established street traditions is more open to mutation and reinvention. The on-going process of urban regeneration must seek a subtle and responsive dialogue with the...
Invisible logic of the city #6

Invisible logic of the city #6

Hong Kong ©Ryu Itadani Tokyo ©Ryu Itadani Omotesando, Tokyo ©Ryu Itadani “Considering the specificity of the urbanization in Asia and the debate concerning the Weberian question and Eurocentric values of the role of citizens, the phenomenon of “urbanization without cities”, or “cities without citizens”, has to be dealt with. The emerging role and values of...
Invisible logic of the city #5

Invisible logic of the city #5

Detail from the cover of The Making of Hong Kong: From Vertical to Volumetric. ” By analogy to two popular items of Hong Kong cuisine; both consist of a great many ingredients and are products of the immediate region. One is dim sum, meal in which items are served separately from steam baskets in tower formations...
Invisible logic of the city #4

Invisible logic of the city #4

Mong Kong @ Night © b80399 “I have noticed an exciting paradox, the more Hong Kong adapts, the more it becomes itself. Hong Kong is a city capable of absorbing any influences without compromising its own essential culture”  —- Rem Koolhaas on OMA proposal for West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong This is part of a series titled: Invisible logic...
Invisible logic of the city #2

Invisible logic of the city #2

Marina Bay Sands © STB Digital Library “Given the common pressured of intensified rapid urbanization and global migration of capital, people and goods faces by all capital cities, perhaps, the moment of architecture defining the culture of a place is over. Or, put alternatively, the role of architecture is to collectively define globalized capitalism as ‘culture’ –...
A view from above

A view from above

The Hong Kong Scene: Vertical and Volumetric With these characteristics, the city exhibits itself as an effervescent illusion. Viewing Hong Kong from above, you could almost feel the intensity of the city which is emphasized by the dystopia of skyscrapers, lushes landscapes and the seascape, almost like a dream. Hong Kong is known to be...
Invisible logic of the city #1

Invisible logic of the city #1

Hong Kong @ busy junction of Causeway Bay “Most Asian cities are where dynamic and bubbling with energy and vibrancy. They are always at the edge of chaos, is established a chaotic order and visible. Street vendors everywhere. Horns blaring in traffic jams. Suffocating smells of smoke emitting by exhaust pipes. These are but some...
Green Wash

Green Wash

Observation: Hong Kong’s obsession with covering everything with slick coat of green paint and imaginary images of nature and the so called ‘green dream’ of the future. Everybody’s talking about Green these days.  Greenwashing has become the state-of-the-art marketing tool. Some politicians and developers misuse ecology and nature to promote their own agendas. Nature is...
The old Banyan Tree

The old Banyan Tree

This old Banyan Tree (Latin name: Ficus retusa) was preserved by Swire Properties Ltd. During the construction of Pacific Place, the tree is believed to have been planted in about 1870 as part of the British Military Forces Victoria Barracks which occupied this site until 1979. Preservation of this tree required the construction of a...
Informal: ignored but pervasive

Informal: ignored but pervasive

Situated at a lively junction along Causeway Bay, these women are offering a traditional Chinese practice of dispelling the people that you hate by hitting on their photo A group of old man enjoying a game under a pedestrian bridge Hong Kong can’t exist without the informal, because the informal is the real entity which...

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