Archinect - News 2014-08-30T20:19:09-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/106492273/the-life-and-death-of-an-impossible-city The Life and Death of an Impossible City Alexander Walter 2014-08-13T17:38:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T21:06:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5m/5mnebptn48w3yxh1.jpg" width="514" height="369" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>City of Darkness Revisited is a photo book and cultural history of Kowloon Walled City, a largely ungoverned, densely populated enclave within Hong Kong.[...] It was like nothing else in Hong Kong: a mass of interconnected 12- and 14-story buildings forming a single huge structure, its facade glowing from the light of hundreds of apartments and shops. Clearly there was no administrative oversight. It was too dense, too ad-hoc, too unrestrained. All this was clear before even entering the place.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A recent&nbsp;<a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1060791749/city-of-darkness-revisited" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter campaign</a> helped photographers Greg Girard and Ian Lambot fund and complete the new edition of their book, <a href="http://cityofdarkness.co.uk/category/the_book/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>City of Darkness Revisited</em></a>, about life in Hong Kong's legendary <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/440610/kowloon-walled-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kowloon Walled City</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/82053475/kowloon-city-as-perverse-amusement-park-in-japan Kowloon City as (perverse?) Amusement Park in Japan Quilian Riano 2013-09-17T12:19:00-04:00 >2013-09-23T20:39:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/00/004a9694cb5295f5c12298bcfb23a9d4.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After a 5 minute walk from Kawasaki Station (&#24029;&#23822;&#39365;) it was easy to spot the amusement complex from its faux rusted exterior sticking out like a sore thumb between standard Japanese tower blocks. Note that it&rsquo;s over 18&prime;s only!</p></em><br /><br /><p> After a 5 minute walk from Kawasaki Station (&#24029;&#23822;&#39365;) it was easy to spot the amusement complex from its faux rusted exterior sticking out like a sore thumb between standard Japanese tower blocks. Note that it&rsquo;s over 18&prime;s only!&nbsp;Entering through the sliding doors you find yourself in a red anti-chamber which looks like something out of Half-Life.&nbsp;Proceeding through the hissing door you&rsquo;re immediately immersed in a dark and dingy alleyway constructed with the look and feel of the original Kowloon Walled City &ndash; grimy, devoid of sunlight and complete with a soundtrack to match.&nbsp;Even the city&rsquo;s reputation as a den of iniquity for prostitution, gambling, and drugs has been recreated!</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/71489890/kowloon-walled-city-life-in-the-city-of-darkness Kowloon Walled City: Life in the City of Darkness Archinect 2013-04-18T15:57:00-04:00 >2014-03-15T14:03:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9p/9ptqdcbv4qbptn6n.jpg" width="514" height="838" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Kowloon Walled City, located not far from the former Kai Tak Airport, was a remarkable high-rise squatter camp that by the 1980s had 50,000 residents. A historical accident of colonial Hong Kong, it existed in a lawless vacuum until it became an embarrassment for Britain. This month marks the 20th anniversary of its demolition.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>