Unplanned and intensily dense; Kowloon, HK.

Beautiful photographic portrait of the informal settlement of Kowloon, Hong Kong. This vibrant block inhabited an estimated 50.000 people, making it the most dense city known, but was demolished in 1992 after the government's concern for crime and drug abuse.

This amazing photographic overview of the now demolished Kowloon walled city was made by two Western photographers who familiarized themselves with the notorious informal settlement during a long period. On only a few blocks, an estimated 50.000 dwellers inhabited a dense network of around 300 interconnected high risers. The Hong Kong neighborhood was infamous for it´s high rates of drug use and crime and was actually run by Triads until the 70´s, but according to the photographers actually worked well for most of it´s population, while crime rates were declining. The Chinese and the Brittish government were reluctact to take responsibility for the neighborhood but finally stepped in and demolished the place in 1992, paying a large financial compensation to its dwellers.

The case is an extreme example of unsollicited development in China leading to a vibrant urban neighborhood in both a positive and negative sense. The article is highly recommended!

Created on 15 May 2012

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