Wong & Ouyang: Blueprints for Hong Kong
As one of the world's great cities, Hong Kong has many faces. To scholars and journalists, it was long the best place to play 'China watcher'. To the business and financial community, Hong Kong remains one of the best places in the world to make money. To artists, writers and filmmakers, the city's colourful history and dramatic beauty have provided inspiration and vivid settings for art, books and movies. To tourists, it is a shopper's paradise with great restaurants and magnificent harbour views. - Judy Lu Kestell and Harold Meinheil.
A great city does not just appear out of nowhere. Behind and beyond the skyline and the tourist attractions, people from all parts of China and the world have worked together to overcome daunting internal obstacles and external forces. In architecture, Wong & Ouyang has been an important contributor to that immense effort. The publication of this book, Wong & Ouyang - Blueprints for Hong Kong on the occasion of its 50th anniversary is a fitting tribute to the accomplishments of the firm.
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Wong & Ouyang may not be familiar to anyone outside of Hong Kong but this is one of the most important architect-led multi-disciplinary firms whose work has been amongst the most important in Hong Kong and now extends further out to China, Singapore and other locations in South East Asia. The scale of the works is at least impressive and at most awesome. The book is copiously illustrated with excellent pictures of these iconic architectural works. This book is highly recommended to architects, students and urban designers as it gives more than a taste more of a full meal of architecture in Hong Kong over the past fifty years.
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