Ping Shek Estate courtyard, Hong Kong

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A relatively small territory with a growing population of 7.2 million, Hong Kong SAR’s residents depend heavily on public housing projects, known as public housing estates. These residential structures are notorious for accommodating thousands of people, with stacks of apartments shooting into the sky.

Previously stigmatized, the estates were deemed poor or lower-class establishments and often looked down upon. With affordable houses now scarce, local attitudes have done a 180° and these structures have become nowadays a symbol of pride: Regardless of their size, location or condition, people are more than happy to belong to these high-rise communities, rather than not having an apartment at all.

Walking around the grounds of an estate provides an insight to these emotions, both visually and in their atmosphere.