The City of the Future Looks Like a Former Military Bunker in Taipei
Duncan Geere
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I’d hope it follows Kowloon, also a former outpost, then a monstrous crime and poverty citadel and now a beautiful walled garden amidst the streets of megapolis. So many urban areas came down the path of sprawling crime and over-population instead of fulfilling futuristic projects of their architects and (re)modellers. To me, Ballard’s High-Rise depicts such tendencies in quite a bold albeit grotesque way and could be highly recommended for all these witty urban designers if not The Sprawl or Pattern Recognition by Gibson where East Asian urban settlements are touched by pure sense of wonder they deliver IRL.

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