This insightful book provides a comprehensive survey of urban development in Hong Kong since 1841. Pui-yin Ho explores the ways in which the social, economic and political environments of different eras have influenced the city's development. From colonial governance, wartime experiences, high density development and adjustments before and after 1997 through contemporary challenges, this book explores forward-looking ideas that urban planning can offer to lead the city in the future.
Evaluating the relationship between town planning and social change, this book looks at how a local Hong Kong identity emerged in the face of conflict and compromise between Chinese and European cultures. In doing so, it brings a fresh perspective to urban research, providing historical context and direction for the future development of the city. Hong Kong's urban development experience offers not only a model for other Chinese cities but also a better understanding of Asian cities more broadly.
Urban studies scholars will find this an exemplary case study of a developing urban landscape. Town planners and architects will also benefit from reading this comprehensive book as it shows how Hong Kong can be taken to the next stage of urban development and modernisation.
'As this book makes clear, Hong Kong has successfully thrived against all odds to develop into a world city of fame and substance. Town planning certainly has its role and major political turning points have been capitalised on to the city's benefits. The main lesson through reading the Hong Kong story is that it has thrived on new thinking to develop its urban identity and future. This book will equip scholars and planners alike with a solid foundation to take Hong Kong to its next stage of urban development and modernisation.'
– Yeung Yue-man, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
'This is a professional publication long anticipated by town planners, builders of cities and all those who care about Hong Kong's development. This book will help us review the history and experience of Hong Kong's urban development and town planning so that we can optimise town planning to create a better life for our citizens.'
– Ling Kar-kan, Director of Planning (2012–2016), Hong Kong
Pui-yin Ho, History Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.