The Kowloon Walled City was a singular Hong Kong phenomenon: 33,000 people living in over 300 interconnected high-rise buildings, built without the contributions of a single architect, ungoverned by Hong Kong’s safety and health regulations, covering one square city block in a densely populated neighborhood near the end of the runway at Kai Tak airport. In collaboration with Ian Lambot, I spent five years photographing and becoming familiar with the Walled City, its residents, and how it was organized. So seemingly compromised and anarchic on its surface, it actually worked -and to a large extent, worked well. The Walled City was torn down in 1992 but the photographs, oral histories, maps and essays in our book provide the most thorough record of daily life in a place that was a true Hong Kong original.
The architecture of churches has always aimed to awe. Yet while some houses of worship convey the staggering unknowable nature of the spiritual with flying buttresses and ornate rose windows, other churches seem ready to take off for the heavens all on their own. We’ve rounded up 20 churches from around the world that look like space ships, from brutalist behemoths to stained glass-studded modernist cathedrals.