Hong Kong | City of Corridors
During a recent visit to Hong Kong 香港, MovingCities barely touched the ground. This not because we were floating through or flying over the city, but because parts of the main infrastructure, for pedestrians, is elevated. Snapshots from the City of Corridors.
It is kind of funny to see MovingCities Hong Kong 香港 popping up when googling “City of Corridors” and especially on the Studio Banana TV-website. In their understanding Moving cities – Hong Kong is the city represented as a timelapse footage shot in 2008-2009.
“City of Corridors” can also be the result of Hong Kong seen as a part of Cities Without Ground [April 2012, ORO Editions] – title of the forthcoming book publication by Adam Frampton, Jonathan Solomon and Clara Wong.
[UPDATE: Cities Without Ground - A Hong Kong Guidebook, via the Atlantic Cities] Jonathan Solomon explains:
Hong Kong is a city without ground. This is true both physically (built on steep slopes, the city has no ground plane) and culturally (there is no concept of ground). Density obliterates figure-ground in the city, and in turn re-defines public-private spatial relationships. Perception of distance and time is distorted through compact networks of pedestrian infrastructure, public transport and natural topography in the urban landscape.
“City of Corridors” also bring to mind the excellent urbanphoto-blog – if you are not aware of them, check them out – and their series of postings on Hong Kong. Founding editor Christopher DeWolf recently posted a highly recommended piece called Escalating Fury. He kicks off:
It’s as predictable as the tide. Every morning, thousands of commuters stream down the Central Mid-Levels escalator, bound for offices, buses and crowded subway cars at the bottom of the hill. Then, at 10:30am, the escalator reverses itself. Now the crowds flow uphill. Helpers return from the market with bags full of choi, the lunch crowd trickles up to Soho restaurants. When evening arrives, work-weary commuters are carried up to drink, dinner and bed.
Snapshots below are shot on a Sunday evening, on Hong Kong island, and Monday morning before 10:30am when on the Kowloon side of the city.
Pictures by movingcities.org