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Posts Tagged ‘Kowloon Walled City’

City of Darkness Revisited

Mon 6.27.2016
9:26 PM

I didn’t know a new edition of City of Darkness was successfully Kickstarted and published almost 2 years ago. The book was an exploration of Kowloon Walled City, filled with fantastic photography, essays, and interviews with residents of the lawless, self-sustaining city. The new edition is updated with previously unpublished photos and more interviews and essays looking back on the last 20 years.

Kowloon Walled City Theme Park

Thu 9.19.2013
10:53 AM

If you find yourself in Japan and you wander into the Kawasaki Warehouse you might think “Awesome! Someone finally built a Bladerunner theme park!” But it’s actually a meticulously detailed replica of Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong. The original was torn down in 1993 so, working from photographs, the artist recreated the facades in a warehouse outside of Tokyo. Signs and posters were handwritten and proofread by a Catonese speaker, then aged with a layer of dirt and grime. They even imported authentic Hong Kong trash to decorate with. Very cool.

Kowloon Walled City Documentary

Mon 6.28.2010
5:06 PM

I’ve been obsessed with the Kowloon Walled City ever since I saw the book City of Darkness at the Giant Robot store and snapped up a copy. The Walled City was an incredibly dense, self-governed town outside of Hong Kong. The residents added-on and expanded the city where necessary, so it seemed to organically grow and sprout. The city was demolished in 1993 but there’s a German documentary from 1989 showing life in the city: part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4.