Christopher DeWolf

Christopher Dewolf writes about urbanism, architecture and design – along with beer and other delicious beverages
Christopher DeWolf
Christopher Dewolf writes about urbanism, architecture and design – along with beer and other delicious beverages

Latest from Christopher DeWolf

How Hong Kong’s Tsuen Wan beaches are returning to former glory as water quality improves

Before the 1980s, people from across Kowloon flocked to Tsuen Wan’s seven beaches for their spectacular views before worsening water quality forced visitors to find cleaner spots. Now the beaches are returning to their former glory.

13 Aug 2019 - 7:24PM

Before the 1980s, people from across Kowloon flocked to Tsuen Wan’s seven beaches for their spectacular views before worsening water quality forced visitors to find cleaner spots. Now the beaches are returning to their former glory.

How Hong Kong’s Tsuen Wan beaches are returning to former glory as water quality improves
King’s Park, Hong Kong memories: of soccer, tennis, hockey, rugby and cricket, private clubs, and a few public spaces

One of Kowloon’s ‘green lungs’, King’s Park is a mix of sports pitches, private clubs, and bits of public park; its tenants include the People’s Liberation Army. Not so long ago it was a place where children grew up and ran wild.

3 Aug 2019 - 8:30PM

One of Kowloon’s ‘green lungs’, King’s Park is a mix of sports pitches, private clubs, and bits of public park; its tenants include the People’s Liberation Army. Not so long ago it was a place where children grew up and ran wild.

King’s Park, Hong Kong memories: of soccer, tennis, hockey, rugby and cricket, private clubs, and a few public spaces
Places for the people: King George V parks a Hong Kong legacy full of colour – and worth a detour to visit

The King George V Memorial Parks in Jordan and Sai Ying Pun provide a welcome splash of greenery in two dense urban areas that have too few of them; with historic walls and buildings, they offer an oasis of calm and are worth a detour to visit.

26 Jun 2019 - 12:15PM

The King George V Memorial Parks in Jordan and Sai Ying Pun provide a welcome splash of greenery in two dense urban areas that have too few of them; with historic walls and buildings, they offer an oasis of calm and are worth a detour to visit.

Places for the people: King George V parks a Hong Kong legacy full of colour – and worth a detour to visit
Hotel design for millennials: in Hong Kong, common areas reimagined for locals and visitors alike

Hotels such as St. Regis and Eaton HK are rethinking the concept of common areas, with a nod to Hong Kong’s past and a firm eye on the future. Specialist coffee shops, co-working spaces, artist studios and galleries have replaced typical glossy lobby areas.

25 Jun 2019 - 9:15PM

Hotels such as St. Regis and Eaton HK are rethinking the concept of common areas, with a nod to Hong Kong’s past and a firm eye on the future. Specialist coffee shops, co-working spaces, artist studios and galleries have replaced typical glossy lobby areas.

Hotel design for millennials: in Hong Kong, common areas reimagined for locals and visitors alike
Hong Kong nightlife destination with a village feel, Tai Kok Tsui is a down-home mix of old and new

First developed by Eurasian businessman Sir Robert Hotung, Tai Kok Tsui in Kowloon has been changed repeatedly by reclamation and redevelopment; its latest incarnation is as a nightlife destination, but it’s retained a village feel.

28 May 2019 - 8:00PM

First developed by Eurasian businessman Sir Robert Hotung, Tai Kok Tsui in Kowloon has been changed repeatedly by reclamation and redevelopment; its latest incarnation is as a nightlife destination, but it’s retained a village feel.

Hong Kong nightlife destination with a village feel, Tai Kok Tsui is a down-home mix of old and new
On Hong Kong’s ‘other’ Canton Road, cafes, markets and jade sellers still flourish – but for how much longer?

Going north from Jordan Road through the lively neighbourhoods of Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok, this is the unglamorous part of glitzy Canton Road. But what it lacks in sophistication it more than makes up for in character.

1 May 2019 - 7:15AM

Going north from Jordan Road through the lively neighbourhoods of Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok, this is the unglamorous part of glitzy Canton Road. But what it lacks in sophistication it more than makes up for in character.

On Hong Kong’s ‘other’ Canton Road, cafes, markets and jade sellers still flourish – but for how much longer?
The upcycling, zero waste firm eliminating waste from the design world

Miniwiz’s portable, solar-powered reprocessing machines take consumer waste and turns it into construction tiles; it is one of a number of the firm’s showcase projects that highlight what recovered waste materials can really do.

3 Apr 2019 - 11:10AM

Miniwiz’s portable, solar-powered reprocessing machines take consumer waste and turns it into construction tiles; it is one of a number of the firm’s showcase projects that highlight what recovered waste materials can really do.

The upcycling, zero waste firm eliminating waste from the design world
Corner of Macau rich in Portuguese colonial history undergoes revival as new restaurants, art spaces open

The narrow streets of Taipa Village, a historical enclave of Portuguese colonial architecture, have seen a new generation of cafes, restaurants and cultural spaces open, infusing the old settlement with fresh energy.

20 Mar 2019 - 11:24AM

The narrow streets of Taipa Village, a historical enclave of Portuguese colonial architecture, have seen a new generation of cafes, restaurants and cultural spaces open, infusing the old settlement with fresh energy.

Corner of Macau rich in Portuguese colonial history undergoes revival as new restaurants, art spaces open
When it comes to wines, here’s why Hong Kong ranks among the strongest places in the world

The city’s top eateries have increasingly sophisticated and rare wine lists, and are offering oenophiles bold new food pairings

16 Mar 2019 - 2:00AM

The city’s top eateries have increasingly sophisticated and rare wine lists, and are offering oenophiles bold new food pairings

When it comes to wines, here’s why Hong Kong ranks among the strongest places in the world
Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour: the new spaces re-energising city’s most spectacular natural asset

From refurbished Salisbury Garden to West Kowloon to the revamped Avenue of Stars, new life is being breathed into Hong Kong’s harbourfront, mixing with the buskers, fishermen and takeaway stalls that have been around for years.

4 Mar 2019 - 7:42PM

From refurbished Salisbury Garden to West Kowloon to the revamped Avenue of Stars, new life is being breathed into Hong Kong’s harbourfront, mixing with the buskers, fishermen and takeaway stalls that have been around for years.

Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour: the new spaces re-energising  city’s most spectacular natural asset
‘ I remember rubbish bins filled with human heads’: Hong Kong park’s grim wartime past

The park in Tsim Sha Tsui sits on the site of a military barracks, and the green space hides a past that included atrocities under Japanese occupation; an underrated destination, it has a range of amentiies and some majestic trees.

21 Feb 2019 - 10:39AM

The park in Tsim Sha Tsui sits on the site of a military barracks, and the green space hides a past that included atrocities under Japanese occupation; an underrated destination, it has a range of amentiies and some majestic trees.

‘ I remember rubbish bins filled with human heads’:  Hong Kong park’s grim wartime past
Hong Kong’s seat of power, Statue Square – its colonial history, symbolism, and how domestic helpers made it their own

Built on reclaimed land at the turn of the 20th century, Statue Square met the need for a public place in which to bask in the glory of empire; long a magnet for political rallies, today the square is a gathering place for domestic helpers.

3 Feb 2019 - 7:03PM

Built on reclaimed land at the turn of the 20th century, Statue Square met the need for a public place in which to bask in the glory of empire; long a magnet for political rallies, today the square is a gathering place for domestic helpers.

Hong Kong’s seat of power, Statue Square – its colonial history, symbolism, and how domestic helpers made it their own
Rethinking skyscrapers: the architects creating ‘neighbourhoods in the sky’

Densely packed high-rises are the most space-efficient way to house people, but they have also been accused of creating anonymous, atomised cities. Some architects are trying to change this

14 Jan 2019 - 6:48PM

Densely packed high-rises are the most space-efficient way to house people, but they have also been accused of creating anonymous, atomised cities. Some architects are trying to change this

Rethinking skyscrapers: the architects creating ‘neighbourhoods in the sky’
How one of Hong Kong's most powerful families built a suburban oasis in the heart of Kowloon

A stone’s throw from the densely populated centre of urban Kowloon, leafy, low-rise Kadoorie Hill looks like a place from another world – and that’s just how the wealthy family that owns the neighbourhood wants to keep it.

3 Jan 2019 - 1:44PM

A stone’s throw from the densely populated centre of urban Kowloon, leafy, low-rise Kadoorie Hill looks like a place from another world – and that’s just how the wealthy family that owns the neighbourhood wants to keep it.

How one of Hong Kong's most powerful families built a suburban oasis in the heart of Kowloon
How does a Boozy Rudolph or a Merry Mary sound to get you in the spirit of Christmas?

Whether it’s beer, wine or bubbly, eggnog, a Flying Hong Kong or a Vet’s Antidote, bars are concocting exotic drinks old and new to go down a seasonal treat

22 Dec 2018 - 5:03PM

Whether it’s beer, wine or bubbly, eggnog, a Flying Hong Kong or a Vet’s Antidote, bars are concocting exotic drinks old and new to go down a seasonal treat

How does a Boozy Rudolph or a Merry Mary sound to get you in the spirit of Christmas?
How Darkie, now Darlie, became East Asia’s favourite toothpaste despite its blackface branding

Taking its branding from the image of performers such as Al Jolson, Darkie was launched in the 1930s, a time when racial discrimination was rife. The name was changed to Darlie in 1989 to reflect public opinion in the West.

10 Dec 2018 - 1:31AM

Taking its branding from the image of performers such as Al Jolson, Darkie was launched in the 1930s, a time when racial discrimination was rife. The name was changed to Darlie in 1989 to reflect public opinion in the West.

How Darkie, now Darlie, became East Asia’s favourite toothpaste despite its blackface branding
Human-centred design, from New York’s High Line to a Danish hospital, in focus

Business of Design Week in Hong Kong devotes a day to discussion of culture-led design projects around the world, such as city’s Tai Kwun arts centre in former police station’s heritage buildings, with speakers including Ron Arad, Charles Renfro and Elaine Ng

28 Nov 2018 - 7:33PM

Business of Design Week in Hong Kong devotes a day to discussion of culture-led design projects around the world, such as city’s Tai Kwun arts centre in former police station’s heritage buildings, with speakers including Ron Arad, Charles Renfro and Elaine Ng

Human-centred design, from New York’s High Line to a Danish hospital, in focus
From rich men’s mansions to affluent middle class suburb: Hong Kong’s Mid-Levels

Notoriously overdeveloped and at times jammed with traffic, middle-class Mid-Levels, midway between The Peak and busy Central and Wan Chai, is rich in history and hidden gems – it may just be the city’s quintessential neighbourhood.

27 Nov 2018 - 5:53PM

Notoriously overdeveloped and at times jammed with traffic, middle-class Mid-Levels, midway between The Peak and busy Central and Wan Chai, is rich in history and hidden gems – it may just be the city’s quintessential neighbourhood.

From rich men’s mansions to affluent middle class suburb: Hong Kong’s Mid-Levels
Kowloon Tong history: Hong Kong’s original garden city and its unusual path

Hong Kong’s original garden city, Kowloon Tong started out as a middle-class Eurasian enclave surrounded by shanty towns.

6 Nov 2018 - 7:37PM

Hong Kong’s original garden city, Kowloon Tong started out as a middle-class Eurasian enclave surrounded by shanty towns.

Kowloon Tong history: Hong Kong’s original garden city and its unusual path
Explore Toronto: the surprising food, nature and art of Canada’s largest city

It lacks the obvious appeal of some other cities, but beneath the surface is a place that’s constantly being reshaped by immigration, with all the cultural and culinary riches that brings, and where nature is ever-present.

25 Sep 2018 - 6:26PM

It lacks the obvious appeal of some other cities, but beneath the surface is a place that’s constantly being reshaped by immigration, with all the cultural and culinary riches that brings, and where nature is ever-present.

Explore Toronto: the surprising food, nature and art of Canada’s largest city
Montreal’s summer pop-up events: from food festivals and live music to urban beaches, see a city transformed by the heat

Free of its winter shackles, Montreal becomes an almost tropical city where life is lived outdoors and empty spaces turn into pop-up cafes, bars, cabarets and even beaches. We take a look at some of the most popular.

8 Aug 2018 - 6:02AM

Free of its winter shackles, Montreal becomes an almost tropical city where life is lived outdoors and empty spaces turn into pop-up cafes, bars, cabarets and even beaches. We take a look at some of the most popular.

Montreal’s summer pop-up events: from food festivals and live music to urban beaches, see a city transformed by the heat
A Hong Kong island, sleepy today, that was hub of industry from matches to porcelain

Known today as a relaxing getaway, compact island was a pirates’ haven and, until the 1930s, polyglot fishing community, when factories making matches and unique hand-painted ceramics drew thousands of newcomers to island

5 Jul 2018 - 7:06PM

Known today as a relaxing getaway, compact island was a pirates’ haven and, until the 1930s, polyglot fishing community, when factories making matches and unique hand-painted ceramics drew thousands of newcomers to island

A Hong Kong island, sleepy today, that was hub of industry from matches to porcelain
Hong Kong whisky scene hots up with spate of amazing new releases

Whisky mooncakes, a whisky advent calendar and a 15-year-old Bowmore bottled exclusively for Hong Kong make for ‘interesting times’

23 Jun 2018 - 2:00PM

Whisky mooncakes, a whisky advent calendar and a 15-year-old Bowmore bottled exclusively for Hong Kong make for ‘interesting times’

Hong Kong whisky scene hots up with spate of amazing new  releases
Why some designs fail – Italian professor believes he may have the answer

Gianluca Cinquepalmi, founder design studio 1.618 – who is also a professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Hong Kong – talks about the building blocks of good design and his first book in the Timeless series

14 Jun 2018 - 5:05PM

Gianluca Cinquepalmi, founder design studio 1.618 – who is also a professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Hong Kong – talks about the building blocks of good design and his first book in the Timeless series

Why some designs fail – Italian professor believes he may have the answer
Hong Kong at Venice Biennale 2018: apartment living in focus as exhibitors look at how to create a community in a high-rise

Hong Kong’s contribution to the annual exhibition brings together 111 skyscraper models and artist impressions by 94 architects, with each exploring different ways of making high-rise living more comfortable, environmental and social

12 Jun 2018 - 11:34AM

Hong Kong’s contribution to the annual exhibition brings together 111 skyscraper models and artist impressions by 94 architects, with each exploring different ways of making high-rise living more comfortable, environmental and social

Hong Kong at Venice Biennale 2018: apartment living in focus as exhibitors look at how to create a community in a high-rise
How Hong Kong neighbourhood became a Mecca for film fans, then saw its cinemas close one by one

For 60 years Yau Ma Tei was the epicentre of film-going in Hong Kong, with different cinemas for local, patriotic and Hollywood films; it wasn’t always a civilised affair, with parents glued to the screen letting children pee on the floor

4 Jun 2018 - 7:23PM

For 60 years Yau Ma Tei was the epicentre of film-going in Hong Kong, with different cinemas for local, patriotic and Hollywood films; it wasn’t always a civilised affair, with parents glued to the screen letting children pee on the floor

How Hong Kong neighbourhood became a Mecca for film fans, then saw its cinemas close one by one
Mansions or micro homes? Hong Kong designer reveals which are more challenging

Designer and former art director Louie Shum on conceiving The Playhouse, a 6,000 sq ft industrial style loft home in Tin Wan, and 200 sq ft flats in a condominium tower in Central

31 May 2018 - 9:50AM

Designer and former art director Louie Shum on conceiving The Playhouse, a 6,000 sq ft industrial style loft home in Tin Wan, and 200 sq ft flats in a condominium tower in Central

Mansions or micro homes? Hong Kong designer reveals which are more challenging
Shared space a growing option for Hong Kong millennials priced out of the flats market

A co-living project in Kowloon offering stylish rooms and common areas is the latest shared space targeting graduates and young professionals whose hopes of ever buying a flat in the city have been dashed by soaring real estate prices

4 Jun 2018 - 3:21PM

A co-living project in Kowloon offering stylish rooms and common areas is the latest shared space targeting graduates and young professionals whose hopes of ever buying a flat in the city have been dashed by soaring real estate prices

Shared space a growing option for Hong Kong millennials priced out of the flats market
The Gurkha soldiers who stayed on in Hong Kong, and one place they settled: Yau Ma Tei, where flavours of Nepal abound

A restaurant on Temple Street is your best introduction to the 10,000-strong Nepalese community in Yau Ma Tei, where Gurkhas once stationed at British barracks nearby settled with their families after 1997, and drew more incomers

26 May 2018 - 8:00PM

A restaurant on Temple Street is your best introduction to the 10,000-strong Nepalese community in Yau Ma Tei, where Gurkhas once stationed at British barracks nearby settled with their families after 1997, and drew more incomers

The Gurkha soldiers who stayed on in Hong Kong, and one place they settled: Yau Ma Tei, where flavours of Nepal abound
From mangoes to murders, Hong Kong wholesale fruit market in Yau Ma Tei has been a different place for over 100 years

Yau Ma Tei is one of Hong Kong's oldest and most diverse neighbourhoods. In the second instalment of our miniseries exploring facets of its history, we recall the colourful past of Gwo Laan, the city’s wholesale fruit market

21 May 2018 - 8:07PM

Yau Ma Tei is one of Hong Kong's oldest and most diverse neighbourhoods. In the second instalment of our miniseries exploring facets of its history, we recall the colourful past of Gwo Laan, the city’s wholesale fruit market

From mangoes to murders, Hong Kong wholesale fruit market in Yau Ma Tei has been a different place for over 100 years