Friday, 3 June 2011

Rooftop refuge

'Illegal structures' popped up in the news this week again. Hardly any building seems free of the offending shacks, with everyone from Yuen Long villagers to the Chief Executive under suspicion of having constructed one. In fact, on the roofs of many older buildings in the city, little of the original rooftop remains, these small, corrugated iron microcosms having completely eaten them up.

Seen from my workplace:


Seen from my living room:


For a stunning visual exploration of this Hong Kong phenomenon, I cannot recommend the excellent book Portraits from Above by Rufina Wu and Stefan Canham more strongly.

Update on 4/6: also see this post by Christopher DeWolf for more angles on the issue.

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