Budget Infrastructure in Hong Kong – A Classic Pedestrian “Freeway”

25 Jul

This colonial-era-built pedestrian “freeway” including the “exit ramp” is a splendid and abstract example representing First Great American Architect Louis Sullivan’s “Form follows function” and International Style Superstar Mies van der Rohe’s “Less is More”. But somehow this “freeway” doesn’t look as exciting as it sounds. “Form follows function” becomes “Budget follows function” and “Form follows budget”; “Less is more” ends up as “Less is that?”.

Yes, this “freeway” has indeed helped move lots of people crossing the streets. But this kind of “budget infrastructure” is so unfitted for a city now so-called “one of the most beautiful cities in the world”, “pearl of the east”, “world class metropolitan city just like London and Paris”, “best asian city’ or “bla bla bla city”. While the government is spending billions of taxpayers’ dollars on a new headquarter that forbids its taxpayers from going in, little is spent on things that million others use every day. Oh wow, that’s what happens in a non-democratic society sometimes…

pedestrian freeway in luen wo hui, fanling, north district, hong kong – 6:25pm, jul 22, 2012

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2 Responses to “Budget Infrastructure in Hong Kong – A Classic Pedestrian “Freeway””

  1. Rob P July 25, 2012 at 11:48 pm #

    I personally don’t see the issue with the construction itself, as we have many similar structures here, but I’m confused about one thing. Is it just a single level ramp or dual level? I can’t tell if the black surface on the top is used for anything. And if not, as there ever been any community effort to repurpose the roof, with greenery etc, similar to the High Line in New York City but on a much smaller scale?

    • kam July 26, 2012 at 1:40 am #

      a green roof would be nice

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