Kowloon Walled City Documentation Japanese Researchers

Kowloon Walled City was once thought to be the most densely populated place on Earth. It had approximately 50,000 people crammed into only a few blocks. Both the Chinese government and former British government found this gigantic, anarchic city to be intolerable – it was the most densely populated district and a haven for drugs, crime and prostitution. Thus, it was demolished in 1993.

Courtesy of Japanese Researchers

Courtesy of Japanese Researchers

There is numerous photo documentation of the site; however the inner fabric of the city is unknown due to its scale, complexity and informality. However, a team of Japanese researchers developed a keen interest to this city and thus they went in and took precise measurements and documentations of this city up until the night before the demolition. Their findings were published five years later into a book that is almost as dense as the city itself. This book includes extremely detail cross-sections, panoramic views and explanations of different areas.

By:Delia Chang

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