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 city’s urban traditions, whereby its discontinuities can be threaded together with established patterns of use. The process could be made more sustainable in the long-term if it evolves from stable parts of older area and around nodes of activity that would anchor new development initiatives. In this regard, places that accommodate constant cycles of change can mean more to the public then the impact of monumental buildings.”

– Peter Cookson Smith taken from The Urban Design of Impermanence: Streets, Places and Spaces in Hong Kong

This is part of a series titled: Invisible logic of the city featured on Asian Urban Epicentres. The aim is to draw attention to the varied and complex network of factors and conditions that contribute to affect the emergence of the urban epicentres. The collection of definitions will contribute to the understanding of contemporary Asian urbanism and the logic of the city – how it could think, behave and mutate in its own logic.  You are welcome to add more definitions.