Thursday, February 18, 2016

World Travels: 10 Hong Kong

Sailed into Hong Kong; so got the full, dramatic effect of the urban skyline against the water’s edge. I gave a seminar to the Urban Research Group at the City University of Hong Kong.

The city's layout and form is dominated by the designs of a few huge developers. They want to maximize retail space so every public building is encased in a mall. The result is a dense city that is neither legible nor walkable, except by navigating miles of commercial space designed to encapture rather than enrapture. Little room for flanerie in Hong Kong.

High density but pedestrian unfriendly (Photo:© John Rennie Short)

Hong Kong skyline (Photo:© John Rennie Short)