For the last 9 years, Hong Kong has been rated with the least affordable housing market in the world. According to the social welfare group – Society for Community Organisation, there are over 100,000 people living in inadequate housing, or worse even – cage homes.
These so-called cage homes can range from 75 to 140 square feet – which to give you a rough idea, is about the same size as a car-parking space.
In this video, Johnny Harris speaks to two experts and advocates for urban design – Paul Zimmerman, CEO, Designing Hong Kong, and John Wright, a resident of more than 30 years. They both agree that the reason for why housing is such an issue in Hong Kong is because of the fact that land is badly managed and inefficiently used. Only 3.7% of all the land is zoned for urban housing, and when there is 7.5 billion people to home, it means it is a very tight squeeze.
In one small flat, it can fit up to 20 coffin sized box-homes all stacked on top of one another. Photographer Benny Lam has captured the inside of just a few peoples homes to give an example – take a look here. The average cost to rent one of these can be around HK$1,800 to HK$2,400 per month.
Video on YouTube by Vox