patterns: stairways They’re all over Hong Kong…up alleyways, between buildings, connecting layers of neighborhoods. You can see them from bus windows, running steep and narrow against the mountain in odd locations (these are the ones I always wonder about). Some are more famous than others: Pottinger Street (this counts as stairs, I think), the Mid-levels […]

walls, boundaries, spaces (old notes)

[nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2011/sep/27/slide-show-mariana-cook-stone-walls/] [urbanphoto.net/blog/2011/10/12/land-reclamation-at-what-cost] [urbanphoto.net/blog/2012/01/21/the-ghosts-of-oil-street] and then there’s this: [edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/07/25/hongkong.coffin.homes/index.html]

march 2012

From [“Pro-Leung polls put Beijing in corner” (SCMP)]: “Polls showing that chief executive candidate Leung Chun-ying is building a substantial lead in popularity over Henry Tang Ying-yen – the rival that Beijing favours – will make it increasingly difficult for the central government to back Tang openly, observers said yesterday.” “Lau said that, as tensions flared, […]

the walled city [June 24] deconcrete.org/2010/03/30/un-real-estate-kowloon/ I know that Kowloon Walled City has become a bit of an overused trope in discussions of liminality in Hong Kong…but still, it’s so fascinating. Off to the library! * [Sept 27] Sometimes I’ll find an image or piece of information, and I’ll want to leave it unarticulated for […]

hues i call “hong kong green” [from July] cnngo.com/hong-kong/life/hong-kong-color-green-808155 There’s an article about it! Ever since I was a kid I’ve associated this color green with Hong Kong, and no one has ever been able to tell me its history. Postboxes, window frames, hawker stalls, construction netting… Sadly, the article doesn’t have any definitive answers, […]