Newstalk
Newstalk

12.35 20 Jun 2017


Share this article


It goes without saying that Irish urban spaces in general and Dublin in particular are experiencing a housing crisis. But a look through the gallery of images below is a stark reminder that we should not be looking at the urban planners of Hong Kong for any solutions.

According to a Demographia survey released earlier this year, Hong Kong is the most difficult place in the world in which to pay for shelter. It is a place where the median household income is $300,000, but where the average home costs somewhere close to $5.5m.

The massive wealth inequalities in the former British colony have seen thousands of people forced into appalling living conditions in the city’s old districts. A phenomenon of ‘cage homes’, micro units stuffed into subdivided apartments sees a single occupier taking up just 15 square feet. That's the equivalent of 20 aeroplane tray tables.

Also referred to a ‘coffin cubicles’ by the local media, up to 20 of these “double-decker sealed bed spaces” can be stuffed into a 400-square-foot apartment, according to photographer Benny Lam.

In a series of images, Lam captures the living conditions of the residents of these minuscule bedsits, who spend their days working as waiters, security guards, cleaners and delivery men, and their nights crammed into their tiny homes.

Looking to expose the people left in the shadows of the city’s neon-lit prosperity and cosmopolitan success, Lam says: “Hong Kong’s glitter conceals the 200,000 people who struggle and cannot share the city’s social improvements and development.”


Share this article


Read more about

News

Most Popular

Live: Title

Now playing

00:00:00 / 00:00:00
Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share


Up next

Episode title
Show
Duration

You currently have no podcasts in your queue.

Go to podcasts

On Air

Best Of Newstalk

Best Of Newstalk

00:00-06:00

Share

Up next

BREAKFAST BRIEFING

BREAKFAST BRIEFING

06:00-06:30

Share

BREAKFAST BUSINESS

BREAKFAST BUSINESS

06:30-07:00

Share

NEWSTALK BREAKFAST

NEWSTALK BREAKFAST

07:00-09:00

Share

THE PAT KENNY SHOW

THE PAT KENNY SHOW

09:00-12:00

Share

LUNCHTIME LIVE

LUNCHTIME LIVE

12:00-14:00

Share

MONCRIEFF

MONCRIEFF

14:00-16:00

Share

THE HARD SHOULDER

THE HARD SHOULDER

16:00-19:00

Share

OFF THE BALL

OFF THE BALL

19:00-22:00

Share

SPLANC

SPLANC

22:00-00:00

Share

BEST OF NEWSTALK

BEST OF NEWSTALK

00:00-07:00

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on