By Charlie Q. L. Xue
This ebook specializes in the transformation from colonial to worldwide – the formation, mechanism, occasions, works and folks relating to city structure. The publication finds hardships town encountered within the Nineteen Fifties and the glamour loved within the Nineteen Eighties. It depicts the private and non-private advancements, and particularly the general public housing which has sheltered hundreds of thousands of citizens. the writer identifies the architects practicing within the early life and the representatives of a emerging iteration after the Nineteen Eighties. struggling with land scarcity and a dense surroundings, the city improvement of Hong Kong has some time past 70 years met the altering calls for of fluctuating financial actions and a emerging inhabitants. structure at the island has been formed via social calls for, the economic system and know-how. The constructions were solid via the govt, consumers, planners, architects, many contractors and end-users. The outfitted atmosphere nurtures our existence and is visible proof of ways the town has built. Hong Kong is a key to East Asia within the Pacific period. The booklet is a must-read for a radical knowing the modern historical past and structure of this oriental pearl.
“Hong Kong units an severe instance of hyper-density dwelling. MTR’s Kowloon Station venture provided my company the original chance to give a contribution to a brand new form of absolutely built-in 3 dimensional delivery mega-structure, conceived as a well-connected position for individuals to dwell, paintings and play. via Charlie Xue’s publication, you may see how a compact urban works and excessive density built-in improvement exhibits a sustainable direction for contemporary urban making.”
Sir Terry Farrell, CBE, important, Farrells
"Well researched and refreshingly good based, Charlie Xue's most modern e-book comprehensively exhibits how Hong Kong's post-war city structure either tracks and symbolizes the previous British colony's upward thrust to luck - a needs to learn for structure and tradition buffs alike."
Peter G. Rowe, Raymond Garbe Professor of structure and concrete layout, Harvard collage exotic provider Professor.
“An crucial addition to the turning out to be literature on chinese language structure, the identify of the publication belies the entire scope of Xue’s huge background. overlaying Hong Kong’s postwar transition from defeated colony to Pacific Age strength apartment, Xue expertly lines the evolution of the city’s bold and leading edge courses of built-in excessive density city layout and infrastructure, in addition to altering architectural models. In a time while many Western governments have all yet deserted public housing courses, Xue’s publication is a well timed reminder of what will be achieved.”
Professor Chris Abel, writer of Architecture and Identity, Architecture, know-how and procedure and The prolonged Self.<