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The Making of Hong Kong

From Vertical to Volumetric, 1st Edition

By Barrie Shelton, Justyna Karakiewicz, Thomas Kvan


184 pages

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This book investigates what the history of Hong Kong’s urban development has to teach other cities as they face environmental challenges, social and demographic change and the need for new models of dense urbanism.

The authors describe how the high-rise intensity of Hong Kong came about; how the forest of towers are in fact vertical culs de sac; and how the city might become truly ‘volumetric’ with mixed activities through multiple levels and 3D movement networks incorporating ‘town cubes’ rather than town squares.

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Table of Contents

1. A State of IntenCity 2. Precedents 3. Long, Low and Intense: From Possession Point to World War II 4. Massing and Rising: The Post-War Decades 5. Vertical and Volumetric: Post 1980 6. Podium and Tower 7. Emerging Volumetric: Components 8. Conclusion: Vertical and Volumetric Postscript: Advancing the Volumetric on Old District and New Territory Sites

About the Authors

Barrie Shelton is Honorary Associate Professor, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney.

Justyna Karakiewicz is Associate Professor of Urban Design, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne.

Thomas Kvan is the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning and Assistant Vice Chancellor (Campus Development) at the University of Melbourne.

About the Series

Planning, History and Environment Series

This series offers a unique window on the creation of the modern environment. Designed for an international readership, the emphasis is on:

  • urban and regional planning
  • recent as well as longer-term history
  • what the past can tell us about the present
  • local as well as global and comparative topics

Within this framework the books address three themes:

  • regional, continental and comparative studies
  • planning histories of key cities
  • changing planning ideologies and policies


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / China
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography