HKU Shanghai Study Center will continue their 2015 public program with the upcoming exhibition
Cities of Repetition – Hong Kong’s Private Housing Estates
ABOUT THE EVENT
Thursday 16 July 2015 | 18.00 - 20.00
HKU Shanghai Study Center
298 North Suzhou Road
Hong Kou District
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
The show curated by Jason F. Carlow and Christian J. Lange provides a comprehensive graphic documentation and analysis of the largest Hong Kong housing estates built by private developers from the late 1960’s through the early 2000’s.
Throughout the 20th Century, in Hong Kong and around the world, the prefabrication of standardized architectural elements has enabled builders, governments and developers to increase the scale and pace of construction. During the influx of new residents to Hong Kong in waves throughout the mid-20th Century, new high-rise housing types were invented and built all over Hong Kong. The housing produced was tall, dense and standardized and built to house as many residents as possible as quickly as possible. While the history and architecture of public housing has been well researched and documented, relatively little has been done to trace the evolution of Hong Kong’s private housing estates.
The Cities of Repetition exhibition provides a comprehensive graphic documentation and analysis of the largest Hong Kong housing estates built by private developers from the late 1960’s through the early 2000’s. The original drawings and diagrams illustrate and compare the ultra dense, mass produced, highly repetitive built environments in which tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents live. Drawings and plans not only display the immense scale of the housing estates within the city, but also present the hundreds of similarly planned housing units and their subtle differences. The exhibit and larger research project present a comprehensive analysis of the architectural and spatial realities of some of the most densely populated, urban environments ever built.