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Clothes Hanging in Hong Kong

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A “Prohibited” Public Space for Clothes Hanging?::

We found this hill at a local residential complex to be very interesting. People inhabit the concrete hill by hanging clothes, food and toy on it. They hang wire on railing for clothes, lay down newspaper on the floor to make dry fruit, and hang duck on the fence for sun drying. People talks to their neighbors while they were doing their things and their children were running in the background up and down the hill. Although I found it strange that people don’t mind to share their underpants in public, I found this “prohibited” space to be an urban design opportunity.

We can make this place into a an accessible landscape for clothes and food drying. It will be a cultural park that allows neighbors share their daily chores without worrying about getting caught by the complex security. It will also be funny to check out what my neighbor is drying for dinner in this park.


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