For nearly two thousand years, China's imperial rulers built and expanded the Great Wall - the world's largest work of military architecture - for just one purpose: to protect the empire from an invasion by foreign barbarians and their culture. This mindset continues to this day - as evidenced by the construction of China's Great Firewall - so the wall seems like an unlikely site to invite a series of foreign architects to join their Chinese counterparts in creating a cluster of experimental works aimed at attracting visitors from all over the world.
With its 32 million inhabitants, Tokyo is by far the biggest metropolis of the developed world. However, it is not necessarily its size as much as its relentless pace and extraordinary capability to adapt to new conditions that makes the city so unique. Like Kenzo Tange and his fellow Metabolists famously noted, Tokyo has the appearance of a sophisticated organism with a highly developed metabolism, constantly modifying its own urban fabric.
In Hong Kong, Chinese for 'fragrant harbor', visitors are immediately taken: The city’s location on the water, the high mountains and the narrow urban strip in between, causing its forced drive into the sky, have led to the development of the most breathtaking skyline in the world.