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Vertical Cities: Hong Kong/NY

Saturday, Feb 28, 2009

Hong Kong and New York are the world's iconic vertical metropolises. Both island cities with perfect harbors, they evolved from colonial ports into dominant centers of international finance and commerce. As they grew, each embraced the skyscraper as the principal instrument of modern urbanism.

Building on the work of the exhibition New York Modern which showcased New York's emergence in the twenties as the preeminent skyscraper city, we examine the parallels during two major development booms and defining moments in the vertical identity of each city: New York in the 1920s and 1960s and Hong Kong in the mid-1980s-90s and today. During these periods, each city grew rapidly to its peak populations of around eight million, ascended skyward, and became ever more dense. In both, development was largely entrepreneurial and speculative, producing their wildly competitive and heterogeneous skylines.

Date: NOW THROUGH FEBRUARY 2009, Wednesday-Sunday, Noon- 6 pm

Location The Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Place, NY, NY

More information:The Skyscraper Museum

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