Everyday Hybridity

Dr Paul O'Connor
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  1. Urban enthusiasts will love this. A report from the Economist on why Mumbai isn’t soaring.

    Other cities confined by the sea, from New York to Hong Kong, have soared upwards. Many think Mumbai has had an epic building boom. There has been dense activity on old mill land and in some suburbs where rules are laxer. But the city has 31 buildings over 100 metres high, versus more than 200 in Shanghai and more than 500 in Hong Kong and New York. Perhaps $10 billion-20 billion has been spent on land and building in the past decade, not much given that the population has risen to 12m. At the current rate it will take over six decades to build everyone a home.


     
     
  2. I was going through some old photographs today and found a few eye-catching Hong Kong pics. I’ve included each one of these photos here because they all show something different about Hong Kong. Granted many of the scenes are familiar but some of the angles views are less often visited. 

    Some of these views have changed considerably and none of the photos date any further back than 2006. It has been good to see them again.

     
     
  3. "Although I’m accustomed to seeing buildings towering over me, I was awestruck by the skyscrapers of Hong Kong. Perhaps it was the amount - covering the island, a mix of apartment buildings, offices, and hotels. Or maybe it was the layout. As opposed to the grid format of Manhattan which allows you to see a straight-line of buildings, Hong Kong’s layout is curvaceous. Along winding streets, skyscrapers looked down on you from every direction."
    — 

    This is a great account of Hong Kong’s dizzying urban spectacle from a New Yorker.

    See anewyorkerabroad for more.