A/C/City

Air conditioning units

Air conditioning is a bit like a narcotic: once it claws its way into your life, you begin changing yourself to accommodate its demands. When air conditioning became common in Hong Kong, it changed the very fabric of the city, shrinking windows, destroying verandahs, turning streets into dripping, humming corridors meant to serve the useful space, which moved indoors.

In the past, Hong Kong architecture emphasized shade and ventilation, with arcaded sidewalks and large windows. The new architecture of A/C turned its back on these traditional ways of coping with a hot climate, eventually creating a city that struggles with a severe urban heat island effect and wall-like buildings that block the wind and trap pollution.

This entry was written by Christopher DeWolf , posted on Wednesday December 23 2009at 11:12 am , filed under Architecture, Asia Pacific, Environment and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

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