Human battery hens: With a land mass of 1,104sq km and a population of 7 million, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in th...

Hong Kong's human battery hens: Claustrophobic images show how slum families squeeze their lives into the tiniest apartments

Human battery hens: With a land mass of 1,104sq km and a population of 7 million, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in th...

Close up of Brazilian hillside Favelas, which are a common sight throughout Brazil's major cities, are home to millions of urban poor and rural migrants who leave the countryside seeking jobs. Many of the slums are plagued by violence linked to drug trafficking.

Close up of Brazilian hillside Favelas, which are a common sight throughout Brazil's major cities, are home to millions of urban poor and rural migrants who leave the countryside seeking jobs. Many of the slums are plagued by violence linked to drug trafficking.

Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo - Luz, São Paulo - Architects: Ramos de Azevedo e Domiziano Rossi; Restoration: Paulo Mendes da Rocha.

Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo - Luz, São Paulo - Architects: Ramos de Azevedo e Domiziano Rossi; Restoration: Paulo Mendes da Rocha.

This building is beside the infamous São Vito and Mercúrio building in São Paulo, by Jim Skea

This building is beside the infamous São Vito and Mercúrio building in São Paulo, by Jim Skea

One of the great contributions to the richness of Hong Kong’s urban scene were without doubt the caged balconies that lined the elevations not only of the Walled City, but also of many of the city’s other older tenement buildings. Sadly now but a distant memory, since they were classified as illegal structures in the late 1990s and torn down, these practical and otherwise very necessary additions to life in a tiny apartment were a source of constant delight.

One of the great contributions to the richness of Hong Kong’s urban scene were without doubt the caged balconies that lined the elevations not only of the Walled City, but also of many of the city’s other older tenement buildings. Sadly now but a distant memory, since they were classified as illegal structures in the late 1990s and torn down, these practical and otherwise very necessary additions to life in a tiny apartment were a source of constant delight.

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