Monthly Archives: April 2011

Office Space: Enough is Enough

In a previous entry I discussed my amazement at the striking size differential between the typical housing unit in the U.S. and Hong Kong. The average Hong Kong resident occupies only a fraction of the living space of a typical … Continue reading

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Is there such a thing as too much density?

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve had many people ask about my trip to Hong Kong.  While I go through and describe the wonderful conversations we had and places we saw, I find myself keep coming back to the … Continue reading

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Success/Damage Ratio – part 2

First of all a bit of a confession.  I’m kind of a numbers geek.  I do Sudoku and KenKen puzzles to unwind.  I balance my checkbook to the penny.  Every month.  Pie charts are a favorite way of analyzing information … Continue reading

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Greed and Good

During the past 30 years, the Chinese have thoughtfully reverse-engineered (from studying the Hong Kong experiment, in part) a breed of capitalism that exists to serve the common good, officially called a Socialist Market Economy with Chinese Characteristics.  Their nation’s rapid … Continue reading

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Social Input

One of the issues that seemed to arise during our conversations is the idea of gaining public support for projects and plans around the city.  However, with the government owning the land and having the ability to “buy out” residents … Continue reading

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Signage

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign…………(name that band.  and don’t use google.) Part of the urban experience in Hong Kong is being constantly bombarded by the visual stimulation created by shopowners and companies hawking their wares.  There is apparantly no regulation on … Continue reading

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The Public Realm

One of the things that struck me most about Hong Kong is just how active and vibrant the public realm was.  Everywhere you went, there were people out and about.  Meals were eaten in open air cafes, business was conducted … Continue reading

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