Claustrophobic overhead shots of Hong Kong residential buildings


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/05/29/claustrophobic-overhead-shots.html


#2

More vertiginous than “claustrophobic.”


#3

And one day, all the world will look like that. Minus the greenery, though.


#4

Some of the photos at the source show buildings wrapped around their own air well.

Those certainly look claustrophobic.


#5

Analagous to Trantor, at the galactic centre?


#6

Like some kind of nightmare tileset for SimCity: there is only one residential building and it’s everywhere.


#7

What’s with the boat in Walled City #8?


#8

The Black Rock.


#9

Is that a boat in the last pic?


#10

Very cyberpunk! I seem to recall a photoset of the same buildings, but straight from the side, and from street level looking up. It looked even worse.


#11

It was originally on water, but didn’t move fast enough as buildings went up around it. Now it is land-locked.


#12

Get used to claustrophobia.
It’s the future.


#13

some sort of shopping mall

https://www.google.com/maps/@22.2993573,114.1905188,640a,35y,39.3t/data=!3m1!1e3


#14

It’s the Whampoa shopping mall, named after the famous Whampoa shipyard, now United Dockyard. Just in case you wondered if Hong Kongers could be as crass as Americans, they can.

ETA: Looks like you found it on your own.


#16

Cleaner and less chaotic (but also less visually interesting) than the Kowloon Walled City was…


#17

The more we choose to live like this now, the more room we leave for the greenery tomorrow. High density vertical should be our goal: minimum space occupied & resources consumed, minimum environmental footprint on every level, maximum human withdrawal from what’s left of the natural world.


#18

Oh, I know. But…other people don’t see it that way: they want their pax, their manifest destiny. Their bungalow with a white picket fence, manicured lawn and a hundred square feet of asphalt.


#19

Ha! Last week I changed my desktop wallpaper to pick from some photos of Kowloon Walled City. I like the dense housing approach.


#20

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