Reading Response: Jennifer Yoos and Vincent James

In this reading, the grade-separated pedestrian highway like highways and subways have changed drastically over the years. In the past, these implementation is to ensure the safety of pedestrians crossing the road from the hugh amount of vehicles passing by, creating a more unified retail experience without threatening the primacy of automobiles. In contrast, it had altered the form and spatial logic of cities around the world to a large extent. These kinds of pedestrian highways had changed in the form of footbridges and subways to underground railway systems containing shops over time in the commercial aspect. One of the

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Reading Response: Michel de Certeau

The article have provided a new perspective to see ‘space’ and ‘place’. Place it is a static site can be seen and consists of boundary with stability. On the other hand, intersections of movable parts form up space, as space is full with personal feeling and own stories. During the love story film, when someone need me time to cope with the cruel truth,  they will say ‘ I need some space ‘ instead of using the word of place. Yet, this two words is interchangeable. The definition of both of it can be proposed by anyone, since, not everybody have

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Robert Chi in his writing analyzes the Hong Kong Cinema’s ideologeme. Hong Kong’s cinema has been active since the 1910s. Hong Kong was at the front of cinematic technologies as it was the trading hub of cultures and businesses. It is remarkable how active the film industry was before the 1980s. Given the small scale of land, the amount of films produced here is staggering as compared to China’s from 1930-1980: 6,000 and 2,800 respectively. Film companies were mainly based in Hong Kong and Shanghai during this period. However, due to the freedom of expression in Hong Kong, actors and

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[Reading Response: Michel de Certeau]

“Space is practiced Place.” This four words’ sentence is the main idea in Michel de Certeau’s. Spatial Stories. Michel gives the “space” and “place” a counter-intuitive definition: place means the objective, physical place, while space is related with subjective memories and emotions. Thus, “Space is practiced Place” actually means that, only when an objective place is used by human, it would become part of the subjective experience and memory.   Michel elaborates this opinion by making an analogy with map and tour.  A map is only shows certain objects’ location – it only shows the place, not the space. However,

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[Reading Response] Jennifer Yoos and Vincent James

This article talks about various grade-separated pedestrian systems which built in different city. These airways serve as a link between different buildings, and connect buildings with different functions in the city. In Hong Kong, due to the increase of population and the scarcity of land, the air passage is widely used. In Hong Kong’s dense buildings and hot climate, people can use airways to move between cities earlier. As the article says, though people enjoy the convenience of the airways, not many people really pay attention to it. However, as a link between different Spaces in cities, the airway is also of great value

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[Reading Response] Jennifer Yoos and Vincent James

Yoos and James’ article examine several modern cities (metropolises) and their penchant for being multileveled, achieved through structures such as pedestrian skyways and interbuilding walkways. For me this was a very memorable and enlightening text as having spent my entire life in Ho Chi Minh (a fairly single leveled city) I have never put much consideration towards the idea of cities being multileveled. Although I do remember in the brief time I spent in Hong Kong being quite taken aback by how hard it was to navigate google maps due to all the different levels. My main takeaway is that

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Reading Response: Jennifer Yoos and Vincent James

This article introduces several types of buildings and infrastructure that assist the pedestrian system in urban societies. After reading this article, I have been informed that these facilities do not merely help the daily life of citizens, but also help the development of a city as a whole. For instance, the article mentions that skyway as an architectural form such as a bridge between buildings has become a prominent way to build up pedestrian systems in the 21st century. These infrastructures have greatly boosted the mobility of workers in the city. Besides, communication between firms or institutions has been aided

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[Reading Response: Jennifer Yoos and Vincent James]

There is no doubt that when the city grows to no land available, asking for space from the sky becomes a good way. At the same time, we also should prevent excessive modernism which will turn the infrastructure into cold, isolated junk space. The more people are used to shuttling between the tunnel overpass buildings, the more eager they are to contact with nature. When I was in high school,there was a 30 minutes way from school to home, however,even a glimpse of the blue sky became an extravagant hope. Various facilities sheltered us from the wind and rain, but

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[READING RESPONSE] Jennifer Yoos and Vincent James

The reading passage tells us some history and characteristics of the pedestrian system in different cities, like New York has multilevel “access trees”. After reading this passage, I try to rediscover and observe the multilevel pedestrian network in Hong Kong. As all we know, Hong Kong is a high density city, a good network of pedestrian systems can help to disperse the crowd. We can find skyways and footbridges everywhere, from housing estates to big shopping malls. Although the passage does not talk a lot about the underground tunnel, I think the underground tunnel system is also a very important

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“In short, space is a practiced place. Thus the street geometrically defined by urban planning is transformed into space by walkers.” ——Michel De Certeau Space is more than shapes on plans or sections. It is analyzing and constructing the surroundings. It is “walking into your life.” This reminds me of the Space Species by Georges Perec. He talked about how to observe a street. From slowing down your pace and writing down all the details of the street to imagining and recalling memories of the street. Maybe this is why space is practiced. Several days before I set off for