The Making of Hong Kong
From Vertical to Volumetric
Routledge – 2011 – 184 pages
This book investigates what the history of Hong Kong’s urban development has to teach other cities as they face environmental challenges, social and demographic change and the need for new models of dense urbanism.
The authors describe how the high-rise intensity of Hong Kong came about; how the forest of towers are in fact vertical culs de sac; and how the city might become truly ‘volumetric’ with mixed activities through multiple levels and 3D movement networks incorporating ‘town cubes’ rather than town squares.
For more information, visit the authors' website: http://www.makingofhk.com/makingofhk.swf
"A much-needed succinct history of Hong Kong’s three-dimensional urban form… For designers working on projects in Hong Kong, The Making of Hong Kong may well be the one essential text." - Journal of Urban History
"..a well marshalled, sharp account of Hong Kong’s urban growth that poses worthy lines for future investigation." -Australian Design Review
1. A State of IntenCity 2. Precedents 3. Long, Low and Intense: From Possession Point to World War II 4. Massing and Rising: The Post-War Decades 5. Vertical and Volumetric: Post 1980 6. Podium and Tower 7. Emerging Volumetric: Components 8. Conclusion: Vertical and Volumetric Postscript: Advancing the Volumetric on Old District and New Territory Sites
Barrie Shelton is Associate Professor of Urban Design in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne
Justyna Karakiewicz is Associate Professor of Urban Design in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne
Thomas Kvan is Professor and Dean in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne