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Posted 07.22.13 | PERMALINK | ESSAY

Max Hirsh: Techno-Pastoral Fantasies at Hong Kong International



One of the most visible icons of the Airport Core Programme is the International Finance Centre, a Cesár Pelli-designed skyscraper in Hong Kong’s central financial district anchored by the terminus of a high-speed train that whisks passengers to the airport in less than half an hour. It is also the first stop on a parallel subway line carrying local traffic to Tung Chung, a new town four kilometers south of the airport designed to house the more than 60,000 people working at HKIA. On this particular morning, however, most riders are Mainland Chinese tourists, chattering sopra voce in Mandarin.

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Techno-Pastoral Fantasies at Hong Kong International
On Places, Max Hirsh explores the surprisingly diverse landscape around the new Hong Kong International Airport, from a giant new pop-concert arena to an ancient fishing village.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Max Hirsh is a post-doctoral researcher at the ETH Zurich’s Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore. He is currently working on a book that investigates the expansion of international air traffic since 1970 and its implications for the planning and design of Asian cities.
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