I recently returned from Asia, where I noticed, as always, numerous people wearing face masks on the street. In Mainland China, I have always assumed this was because of the rampant air pollution in major cities. But I also observed masks in other cities such as Hong Kong and Taipei, where industrial and automotive pollution […]
Have you heard of Kowloon Walled City? It was a very densely populated, largely ungoverned urban slum in Kowloon, Hong Kong. The Walled City was home to approximately 50,000 residents within its 6.5-acre area in 1987, making it one of the densest places in the world.
Have you ever heard of “urban sketching”? Essentially, it is the art of freehand drawing on location at cities where a sketcher lives and/or travels to.
When some people learned that I grew up in Hong Kong, they expressed that my decision to become an urban planner was not surprising. After all, Hong Kong, a former British colony, is a modern city well known for its skyscrapers, high density, creative use of limited land resources, and efficient public transportation system. They […]