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)|