27 September 2010

Kowloon Walled city

Demolished in 93-94 It was a functioning anarchic state, with only two laws, nothing higher than 14 stories and electricity only to prevent fires. Its a fine example of how when people say society has to be like this and that they are wrong. Some of my family actually lay claim to living in the Walled city in the 1960s and 1970s.

Today the ghosts of walled city are in Sham Shui Po district and also the big Mansions on Nathan Road Chungking and Mirador mansions. With an incredible population density of 1,255,000/km2
You can read more about it at the following links

109 we come from the future

No subs.

Oddly I feel since society is quickly becoming M shaped where there is an increasing divide between those who have and those who do not that this sort of thing in China at least (where the land is hoovered up by the parasite middle class rentiers). The Hong Kong, Zuhai and Guangzhou sprawl is starting to look and feel an awful lot like the sprawl depicted in William Gibson's Sprawl trilogy

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