By Charlie Q. L. Xue
This publication makes a speciality of the transformation from colonial to worldwide – the formation, mechanism, occasions, works and folks relating to city structure. The booklet unearths hardships the 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 adolescence and the representatives of a emerging new release 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 monetary actions and a emerging inhabitants. structure at the island has been formed via social calls for, the economic climate and expertise. The structures were cast through the govt, consumers, planners, architects, many contractors and end-users. The equipped atmosphere nurtures our lifestyles and is visible facts of how town has built. Hong Kong is a key to East Asia within the Pacific period. The publication is a must-read for a radical realizing the modern background 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 stay, paintings and play. via Charlie Xue’s ebook, you could see how a compact urban works and excessive density built-in improvement shows a sustainable direction for contemporary urban making.”
Sir Terry Farrell, CBE, valuable, Farrells
"Well researched and refreshingly good established, Charlie Xue's most up-to-date e-book comprehensively exhibits how Hong Kong's post-war city structure either tracks and symbolizes the previous British colony's upward thrust to good fortune - a needs to learn for structure and tradition buffs alike."
Peter G. Rowe, Raymond Garbe Professor of structure and concrete layout, Harvard college unusual carrier Professor.
“An crucial addition to the turning out to be literature on chinese language structure, the name of the ebook belies the total scope of Xue’s wide heritage. masking Hong Kong’s postwar transition from defeated colony to Pacific Age energy residence, Xue expertly strains 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 whilst many Western governments have all yet deserted public housing courses, Xue’s ebook is a well timed reminder of what should be achieved.”
Professor Chris Abel, writer of Architecture and Identity, Architecture, expertise and technique and The prolonged Self.<