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 interventions related to the three-dimensional grain of movement.  In his 1978 book, Delirious New York, Rem Koolhas projected the city’s culture of congestion as logically resulting in a situation where everything takes place high above the street. Hong Kong is a living demonstration of Koolhas’s prediction.

This urban reality introduces a system of navigation through public, semi-public and private realms, which snakes through the streets, across intervening public housing corridors and dispersing pedestrian users through a matrix of experience at every turn. When main roads, an elevated walkway, a rooftop public space, pedestrian crossings and an underground subway collide, a chaotic visual explosion results.