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Posted 07.22.13 | PERMALINK | ESSAY

Max Hirsh: Techno-Pastoral Fantasies at Hong Kong International



The master plan for the HKIA periphery foresees the construction of new logistics parks and a border control terminal at the eastern end of the Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai Bridge. When it opens in 2016, the 50-kilometer, Y-shaped link will connect China’s two special administrative regions and one of its special economic zones, via a series of tunnels and suspension bridges spanning the mouth of the Pearl River Delta. In the unbuilt interstices between these facilities, planners are designing a network of “eco-trails” that will connect “theme attractions based on heritage, local character, and natural landscape.” By intensifying Lantau’s dual functions — as an international transportation hub and a preserve of local traditions and rural life — the master plan thus seeks to engage more productively with the tension between development and preservation. At the airport periphery — in places like Tung Chung and Tai O — the hyperglobal and the hyperlocal scales of urban development overlap and collide, challenging Hong Kong’s planners to formulate design scenarios that can accommodate the often incongruent spatial needs and aesthetic predilections of locals, visitors and immigrants.

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