walled city of darkness revisited in hong kong by greg girard + ian lambot walled city of darkness revisited in hong kong by greg girard + ian lambot
mar 31, 2014

walled city of darkness revisited in hong kong by greg girard + ian lambot

walled city of darkness revisited in hong kong by greg girard + ian lambot
all images courtesy of city of darkness




the ‘city of darkness revisited’ by greg girard and ian lambot is a book that updates and expands the record of hong kong’s astonishing kowloon walled city 20 years after its demolition. the unusual development has come to influence film makers, architects, writers, production designers, artists, urban theorists, video game designers and others: 35,000 people living in 300 interconnected high-rise buildings within a single hong kong city block, all of it built without the intervention of a single architect. at the time the was the most densely populated place on the planet.


to help greg girard and ian lambot complete the new edition of their book about life in kowloon walled city follow their kickstarter page here and listen to commentary on the book here. 


kowloon walled city, aerial view



‘city of darkness revisited’ adds new and overlooked material to the initial book of record of this architectural phenomenon, expanding the story of the  extraordinary community with new photographs, drawings, maps, diagrams, interviews and commentary. at 300 pages and with more than 300 photographs, drawings and illustrations, there is 50% more content to the original, and is scheduled for release by watermark publications in the summer of 2014.

kowloon walled city facade


children on walled city rooftop


aircraft and walled city rooftop


relaxing on walled city rooftop


BBQ meat factory inside walled city


family noodle shop and living space


postman delivering mail in walled city


street inside walled city


rooftop living space


evening on roof of walled city



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  • I thought it was belgrade… 🙂

    ruphus says:
  • Wow! I was just in Kowloon and had no idea this fascinating walled city once existed there…I wonder where those displaced by its destruction now reside?

    michael magnotta says:
  • Interesting, I will have to read this when it comes out. It reminds me of Project Japan by Rem Koolhaas and Hans Ulrich Obrist, which explores the metabolism movement in Japan. Of course, metabolism was a top down approach to superstructures. The walled city sounds more like a bottom up approach to superstructures. Thanks for the post!

    Logan Bingle says:

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