..it’s what you might get if you were living in Kowloon Walled City during the 80’s in a dilapidated one-room apartment bedridden, wondering how you got here and how you were going to take care of your child. The overseas tuition that seemed invaluable then, lay on the floor worthless now.
Square buildings folded up into one another as thousands of modifications were made, virtually none by architects or engineers, until hundreds of square meters were simply a kind of patchwork monolith. Labyrinthine corridors ran through the monolith, some of those being former streets (at the ground level, and often clogged up with trash), and some of those running through upper floors, practically between buildings. The streets were illuminated by fluorescent lights, as sunlight was rare except for the rooftops. The only rules of construction were twofold: electricity had to be provided to avoid fire, and the buildings could be no more than about fourteen stories high, because of the nearby airport. A mere eight municipal pipes somehow provided water to the entire structure (although more could have come from wells). kowloon walled city