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21 November 2009 | Fringe Theatre

Hong Kong is blessed with stunning natural settings, a drama of islands and bays and steep green mountains. Dotting that landscape is an imposing man-made landscape of densely-packed skyscrapers and colorful lights. It looks great - from a distance.

Up close, the magic is gone, and beauty is replaced with an often ugly reality. Between glittering skyscrapers and sparkling shopping malls we have cracking sidewalks, concrete barriers, metal railings, temporary signs, canopies, and ever more cheap and nasty clutter just about everywhere. Not only is our urban streetscape getting uglier - this clutter is penetrating our rural and country park areas as well.

It does not have to be that way. How do we get ahead of our standards and guidelines, and have common sense and creativity infuse decision making. How do we raise awareness for less clutter, and advocate beauty? But first, can we agree on what is beautiful in Hong Kong, and what is ugly?

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