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Posted 07.22.13 | PERMALINK | ESSAY

Max Hirsh: Techno-Pastoral Fantasies at Hong Kong International



Until recently, it was all but impossible for most Mainlanders to visit Hong Kong. But with disposable incomes rising and bureaucratic barriers falling, millions of tourists have come to shop for global brands that are cheaper and more plentiful than on the mainland. And nowhere are those goods cheaper than at Citygate, a gigantic outlet mall that dominates the main plaza of Tung Chung. The outlet stores — Adidas, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren — are mobbed, their narrow aisles blocked by the suitcases of tourists on a mission to buy as much as possible before running to catch a flight.

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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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