The first chapter of the book focuses on the construction of a railway corridor built in the 1990s to connect Hong Kong's airport to its downtown. It contrasts the normative projections that informed its design with the heterodox uses that characterizes its now day-to-day operations. The chapter discusses on how several sites along the corridor have been appropriated by budget air travelers, such as Mainland Chinese tourists, lower middle-class Hongkongers, and Filipino domestic helpers, as an informal means of traveling cheaply to the airport. Melvin Webber's concept of “channel capacity” is used to theorize the insertion of these passengers into the everyday spaces of a suburban new town and to critique the failures of transport designers to adequately plan for their needs.
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