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I read a great post today on Archidose (via Blog Like You Give a Damn) about Kowloon Walled city in Hong Kong that was brought down in 1993. Kowloon Walled city was a densely built extremely overpopulated area in Hong Kong initialy built as a watchpost for the guards that would defend the area against pirates. By the year of 1947 the city had a population of 2000. In ’71 10.000 people were living in 2.185 dwellings. Ultimately, after several attempts to evacuate the squatters, the evacuation was completed in 1992 and the demolition was carried out in 1993. Check out the timeline done my Archidose here. The city has a linkage to the nonverbal Ron Fricke film Baraka that features Kowloon. A definite must see for all of you who haven’t seen it yet.
video – footage: a footage of Kowloon from 1990
video – Baraka: trailer remix with Adyashanti (zen master) audio