Skyways in Hong Kong.

The Multilevel Metropolis

Minneapolis and Calgary have extensive skyway systems that parallel city streets. Montreal and Toronto have subterranean labyrinths. Hong Kong has floating circuits that connect transit stations, shopping malls, and parks. What can we learn from examining the radical origins — and mundane deployment — of the skyway as urban and architectural form?

Urban skyways have radically altered the form and spatial logic of cities around the world, from Minneapolis to Calgary to Hong Kong.




  • Naomi Stead
  • Aaron Rothman
  • Keith Eggener
  • Despina Stratigakos

Naomi Stead

Naomi Stead is a columnist for Places. She is an architecture critic and senior research fellow at the University of Queensland, Australia.

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Aaron Rothman

Aaron Rothman is the photo editor of Places, and an artist and writer whose work explores contemporary issues in landscape.

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Keith Eggener

Keith Eggener is a columnist for Places. He is Marion Dean Ross Professor of Architectural History at the University of Oregon.

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Despina Stratigakos

Despina Stratigakos is a columnist for Places and author of Where Are the Women Architects? and other books on architectural history. She is interim chair of architecture at the University at Buffalo.

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