City of Darkness: Life In Kowloon Walled City. Edited and designed by Ian Lambot with photos by Greg Girard and Lambot. Contributions by Charles Goddard, Lueng Ping Kwan, Peter Popham, and Julia Wilkinson. Ernst & Sohn, Berlin/Watermark, London, 1993. First edition. Large quarto. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Numerous color reproductions.
"Girard and Lambot spent four years exploring the notorious Walled City of Kowloon (Hong Kong), before it's final clearance in 1992. With over 320 photographs, 32 extended interviews, and essays on the City's history and character, this reprint is not only an informative glimpse of a now vanished landmark but a sensitive and penetrating portrait of a unique community."--the publisher
From Peter Popham's Introduction:
"...what fascinates about the Walled City is that, for all its horrible shortcomings, its builders and residents succeeded in creating what modern architects, with al their resources of money and expertise, have failed to: the city as ‘organic megastructure’, not set rigidly for a lifetime but continually responsive to the changing requirements of its users, fulfilling every need from water supply to religion, yet providing also the warmth and intimacy of a single huge household."
Fine+ in Fine+ dust jacket.