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Old July 7th, 2007, 03:36 PM   #1841
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Old July 9th, 2007, 05:54 AM   #1842
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Regardless, there is a lot more activity in east Kowloon than the northeastern shores of Hong Kong Island. The area around One Island East is well developed and will not likely be torn down any time soon, but Kowloon Bay and Kwun Tong have a number of redevelopments under way or coming.
I have a feeling there will be a supertall planned for this area. There was even a plan in Kai-Tak to build a freestanding tower kinda like The CN Tower in Toronto or the Menara KL.
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Old July 9th, 2007, 05:59 AM   #1843
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Japanese Skylines (photos NOT taken by myself)

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Old July 9th, 2007, 06:02 AM   #1844
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One thing I like about Japanese cities is their futuristic skylines. I like that Osaka picture. The one on the top
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Old July 9th, 2007, 07:10 AM   #1845
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I have a feeling there will be a supertall planned for this area. There was even a plan in Kai-Tak to build a freestanding tower kinda like The CN Tower in Toronto or the Menara KL.
Not anymore. Public outcry over skyscraper walls and the government's desire to build a pollution-free city will keep heights capped.
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Old July 9th, 2007, 07:14 AM   #1846
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Old July 9th, 2007, 10:04 AM   #1847
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Im so bored with this thread. Too long, same old discussions.
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Old July 9th, 2007, 11:53 AM   #1848
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*shrug* It goes on

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Old July 9th, 2007, 05:07 PM   #1849
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Awesome picture! Where did you take it? The Kowloon Integrated Auto Mall?
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Old July 10th, 2007, 05:54 AM   #1850
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This is what I'm talking about here. You got a nice skyline in the background and the port in the foreground. I like seeing these kinds of shots. Other cities that can produce these kinds of shots would be Singapore, New York or Tokyo
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Old July 10th, 2007, 08:58 PM   #1851
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Awesome picture! Where did you take it? The Kowloon Integrated Auto Mall?
No, this is in Tsing Yi, the view outside my hotel window
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Old July 10th, 2007, 11:34 PM   #1852
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Why do they build so much towers in Asia? I think this looks terrible after hundreds of towers! Cities need more neighborhoods with houses, not towers, towers and towers
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Why do they build so much towers in Asia? I think this looks terrible after hundreds of towers! Cities need more neighborhoods with houses, not towers, towers and towers
Simple like in the case of HK and Japan, lack of land and high population. Gladisimo, what hotel did you stay in?
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Old July 11th, 2007, 06:37 AM   #1854
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Simple like in the case of HK and Japan, lack of land and high population. Gladisimo, what hotel did you stay in?
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Old July 11th, 2007, 06:41 AM   #1855
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One thing, this place have some nice views.
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Old July 11th, 2007, 06:50 AM   #1856
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Why do they build so much towers in Asia? I think this looks terrible after hundreds of towers! Cities need more neighborhoods with houses, not towers, towers and towers
American-style sprawl with houses everywhere is unsustainable in densely-populated Asia. Even if China alone adopts the car-usage patterns that the Americans are so accustomed to, then the world will see a huge ecological disaster.

Highrise neighborhoods can be vibrant, since people can get to what they need (transit, food, services) by foot, resulting in a healthier lifestyle without the pollution.
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American-style sprawl with houses everywhere is unsustainable in densely-populated Asia. Even if China alone adopts the car-usage patterns that the Americans are so accustomed to, then the world will see a huge ecological disaster.

Highrise neighborhoods can be vibrant, since people can get to what they need (transit, food, services) by foot, resulting in a healthier lifestyle without the pollution.
One advantage of some highrises in Asian cities especially the ones in HK are there are commercial centres right at the lower part of the building. Compared to US suburbs where it's still quite a distance to the local mall or stripmalls.
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Old July 11th, 2007, 09:25 AM   #1858
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One advantage of some highrises in Asian cities especially the ones in HK are there are commercial centres right at the lower part of the building. Compared to US suburbs where it's still quite a distance to the local mall or stripmalls.
There is actually a very bad element with how retail is structured in today's new housing complexes. In the past, the retail would front the street, so those communities are very vibrant. However, these days, the focus is on interior air-conditioned podiums and nothing faces the street anymore. Hence, it drains all the street-level activity and draws them indoors, making them empty and devoid of life just like the American-style sprawled suburbs where pedestrians are a rare sight.
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There is actually a very bad element with how retail is structured in today's new housing complexes. In the past, the retail would front the street, so those communities are very vibrant. However, these days, the focus is on interior air-conditioned podiums and nothing faces the street anymore. Hence, it drains all the street-level activity and draws them indoors, making them empty and devoid of life just like the American-style sprawled suburbs where pedestrians are a rare sight.
It would be the same in some of the old flats in HK like Elizabeth House in Causeway Bay.
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It would be the same in some of the old flats in HK like Elizabeth House in Causeway Bay.
Don't look at individual buildings in isolation, since Causeway Bay as a district has plenty of street-level retail embedded with residential buildings upstairs. The newer districts are particularly problematic with enhancing streetscapes, namely the private estates in Tseung Kwan O, Union Square (extremely bad), and Olympian City.
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