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Collage of Three Urban Concepts: Kurokawa, Ginzburg and Barsch, and Kempf.

Welcome to this urban research blog led by architecture students from the University of Hong Kong. Here you will find a compilation of historical narratives, archival documents, maps, photographs, and annotated bibliographies regarding a number of important Asian cities. This is an on-going and collective effort in recognising that there are highly specific discourses that make up the historical and theoretical basis of Asian urbanism. Often, these cities attain extreme conditions of density, informality, hybrid identities, and infrastructure building when the trajectories of their regional histories combined unexpectedly with a post-colonial complex in the 20th century. Please use the menu on the top-right corner to explore the cities that our students are researching, or the links below to explore the range of narratives or documents that are available in this blog.

Cover image: Collage of Three Urban Concepts: Kisho Kurokawa’s “Helix City Project, Tokyo” 1961; Moisei Ginzburg and Mikhail Barsch’s “Green City” 1930; and Petra Kempf’s “Current, Flows and Forces” in “You Are The City” 2009.