Pursuant to its roots from the UK new towns programme, Hong Kong’s new towns had been designed to reconstruct the relationship between people, traffic and place. Modernist planning embraces the idea of fast moving motor traffic, high-rise developments and elevated walkways as the symbol of efficiency and modern prosperity. New towns such as Tsuen Wan, Sha Tin and Tseung Kwan O have since been renowned (or infamous) for their elevated urban form (天橋城市).
How have this tendency shaped our life between buildings to date? In the current era that rediscovers the value of street life and embraces active travel (walking and cycling), how should we interpret such concept from the past, and reinvent our relationship with cars?
April 10 (Sat)