Superdensity: A New Model for Vertical Urbanism

David Tickle

Hong Kong has been, for decades, one of the world’s most fascinating urban experiments. In one year alone (following the 2nd world war) the city grew by 50%, with a quadrupling over the next decade. Rapid growth, within the constraints of physical landscape, led to a characteristic urban form – dispersed high-density centers, surrounded by vast areas of natural vegetation.

In the context of the Pearl River Delta, we ask: how does Hong Kong take its next giant urban leap? What are the physical, social, and environmental dimensions that constrain the city’s future growth? And what new spatial models of urbanization could be grafted onto this established city form?

Presented was a new urban form that relies on three-dimensional systems of open space, transport and resource utilization.

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