The People Archives | City of Darkness
For all its outrageousness as an architectural phenomenon, Kowloon Walled City was first and foremost a community. And it was this grounding that allowed what should by all rights have been impossible to survive as an enduring reality. With the help of our indispensable assistant Emmy Lung, we were able to record the stories of a number of Walled City residents and learn what it meant to make a home there. Here is a sample of what they told us.
Kowloon Walled City. Don’t bother bracing yourself for the apocalypse, its already come and gone.
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Kowloon Walled City
The City's dozens of alleyways were often only 1–2 m (3.3–6.6 ft) wide, and had poor lighting and drainage. An informal network of staircases and passageways also formed on upper levels, which was so extensive that one could travel north to south through the entire City without ever touching solid ground. cyborganthropology.com/Kowloon_Walled_City
La Ciudad amurallada de Kowloon fue una anomalía política de la historia colonial de Hong Kong. Fue, por décadas, un pequeño exclave de China ubicado en el Hong Kong de Gran Bretaña.
Kowloon Walled City: In Hong Kong, it was the densest place on Earth
Picture a colossal empire of little houses stacked on top of each other. That was Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong. Now demolished, it lives on in memory.
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Photographer Greg Girard Takes Us Inside Kowloon, Hong Kong's Famous Walled City - Art-Sheep
Julia Horeftari for Art-Sheep All images City of Darkness © Greg Girard/Ian Lambot Greetings, my brave reader. There aren’t’ many photographers that can get through to the most heavily inhabited building on the planet, but Greg Girard definitely did. Taken down in 1944, the ex-Quing dynasty stronghold challenged its historical restrictions and through human […]