DIY Culture

The zine publishing subculture

The zine publishing subculture

Hong Kong has its share of established publications to suit most walks of life. Readily available and well publicised, they fill the shelves of your local news stand with their glossy covers, colour photographs and chunks of advertorials.

Sunday, 11 November, 2012, 11:04am

Pet lover heartbroken as officials evict animals from illegal shelter

Thirty animals were made homeless on the coldest day so far this winter when the government evicted a pet shelter in Tsuen Wan.

Chui Yuk-lan, 55, who has taken care of abandoned animals for a decade, housed 16 dogs and 30 cats in two squatter huts she built in Kam Shan village, on a hill near the Shek Lei Estate.

17 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Do-it-yourself chic

Whether it's growing their own herbs, making soap, or even building furniture, the do-it-yourself (DIY) idea has been popular in Western countries for decades. But in Hong Kong, where you can buy almost anything, it's surprising to find anyone who wants to make things themselves.

24 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Taking land from elderly squatters is unreasonable, protesters say

Elders living in a Yuen Long village that a developer is planning to clear for a large-scale villa development say it is unreasonable for the developer to take over government land on which they live.

28 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Express rail link wins first funding battle

The HK$65.2 billion high-speed rail project has overcome its first funding hurdle - as expected.

Members of the Legislative Council's public works subcommittee approved funding for the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Link by 12 votes to eight, with one abstention. The opposition came from pan-democratic lawmakers.

4 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Experts highlight married quarters' significance

The former police married quarters served as an advertisement for post-war police recruitment, and are no less historically significant than the underground remains of the old Central School, three architecture experts say.

2 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Squatting gets new lease of life

As Britain grapples with plunging property prices, home repossessions and a virtual standstill on mortgage finance, at least one group of individuals has become more innovative with its housing needs.

22 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Material boys

One always expects identical twins to have a strong mental connection, but Dean and Dan Caten, the designers behind label DSquared2, seem to function as one person instead of two. The twins are so in synch that even before one finishes expressing a thought or an idea, the other has already chimed in to complete it without missing a beat.

29 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Evicted squatters end up in illegal flat

It has been more than six weeks since the Lee family was evicted from squatter homes in a narrow alleyway in Tin Hau.

But instead of living in interim government housing, the family of seven has moved to another illegal structure - this time on a rooftop.

13 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Evicted squatters mourn homes of 30 years

Families and elderly people who have been long-term squatters were evicted from their homes in Tin Hau yesterday.

Police, social workers and officers from the Home Affairs Department and Buildings Department evicted 20 squatters, some of whom had lived in their illegal homes for over 30 years.

30 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Developer fails in new bid for judicial review over squatters

A developer has failed to restart judicial review proceedings into its loss of a plot of land in Tai Po to a family of squatters.

20 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Tenant's paradise lost in dispute with landlord over ownership

Nestled on the edge of a picturesque bay, below the walls of Tai Tam Reservoir, sits the hamlet of Tai Tam Tuk.

Trees hang over the one-lane road leading into the village, which is home to a few scattered houses and a number of wakeboarding operators. It is a tranquil place, where the noise and stress of city living fall away amid the rustle of leaves and the chirping of birds.

12 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Garden in the sky

To most government officials and property developers, rooftop squatter huts represent the shabby side of Hong Kong.

But to an artist and collector who have just published a book of photographs, they are works

of art.

25 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

The guerilla gardeners - urban heroes or silly sods?

The mission briefing from the guerilla leader was concise and simple: rendezvous at the intersection of Westminster Bridge Road and St George's Road in south London at precisely 8pm on Tuesday evening.

16 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

$30m squatter's row goes to High Court

A company that lost more than $30 million worth of land to an 84-year-old squatter has asked the High Court to help get it back, after an attempt to get the Department of Justice to strike out two sections of the Limitations Ordinance was rejected.

10 Mar 2006 - 12:00am