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Kowloon Cultural District Takes Shape in Hong Kong

Office of Metropolitan Architecture, Foster + Partners, and Rocco Design Architects have each submitted plans for Kowloon's new cultural district to be built on reclaimed land.

"All concepts include lots of open green space, more than 15 new cultural venues as well as sustainable transportation and water management features. Some proposals aim for carbon-neutrality."

Rem Koolhaas notes that Hong Kong is unique paradox; the "more it adapts, the more it becomes itself. It is capable of absorbing any influences, without compromising its essential culture."

The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) will assess each master plan before a public review process and must ensure the plans stay under the HK$21.6 billion (US$2.7 billion) budget approved by the Legislative Council.

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