Cities Without Ground

  • BSA Space 290 Congress Street Boston MA 02210 USA

Cities Without Ground examines the three-dimensional pedestrian circulation networks of Hong Kong and illustrates the unique systems and cultures that make up the city’s nontraditional public space. 

Hong Kong’s footbridges, underpasses, interconnected shopping malls, transit interchanges, public parks, and private lobbies connect and convey people throughout the city in innovative ways that go well beyond the stable physical ground on which the public lives of most cities are played out. 

Though built piecemeal, owned by different public and private stakeholders, and adjacent to different programs and uses, these networks provide a fundamental public service in the form of a continuous space that offers an astonishing array of diverse, colorful environments.

Cities Collective is Adam Frampton, Cyrus Penarroyo, Jonathan D. Solomon, and Clara Wong. Their book, Cities Without Ground, was published by ORO Editions in 2012.

Cities Without Ground is the first of several lectures that correspond to the video interviews incorporated into Rights of Way: Mobility and the City, the current design exhibition on view at BSA Space through May 26, 2014.  Each will explore new ways of thinking about the complex ecology of objects, networks, and populations that we call ‘mobility’. Rights of Way is part of Overhaul: The 2013-2014 Transportation series.

Reception to follow; RSVP to rsvp@architects.org with “Cities 1-24” in the subject line.