City of Darkness: Kowloon Walled City revisited

Neues von meiner Lieblings-Anarchie-Stadt Kowloon: Ian Lambot und Greg Girard legen ihr 1993er Buch City Of Darkness über die Kowloon Walled City neu auf und aktualisieren es gleich dazu mit neuen Bildern und einer begleitenden Website. Kowloon war eine semi-autonome Stadt in China, die bis 1993 der am dichtesten besiedelte Fleck der Erde war (35k Einwohner auf 3 Hektar, bestehend aus rund 300 miteinander verbundenen Hochhäusern).

Das Teil ist bereits per Kickstarter finanziert und im Zuge dessen waren Lambot und Girard auf Promo-Tour: Hier eine Mini-Doku bei WSJ, hier ein Podcast, hier ein Architektur-Vortrag über das Ding.

The Kowloon Walled City was a singular Hong Kong phenomenon: 33,000 people living in over 300 interconnected high-rise buildings, built without the contributions of a single architect, ungoverned by Hong Kong's safety and health regulations, covering one square city block in a densely populated neighborhood near the end of the runway at Kai Tak airport.

In collaboration with Ian Lambot, I spent five years photographing and becoming familiar with the Walled City, its residents, and how it was organized. So seemingly compromised and anarchic on its surface, it actually worked -and to a large extent, worked well. The Walled City was torn down in 1992 but the photographs, oral histories, maps and essays in our book provide the most thorough record of daily life in a place that was a true Hong Kong original.

City of Darkness Revisited by Ian Lambot and Greg Girard

Vorher auf Nerdcore:
Kowloon Walled City-themed Arcade in Tokyo
City of Anarchy: Kowloon Walled City Illustrated