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Hong Kong Tatler - - To Our Readers - —Sean Fitz­patrick Chief Cre­ative Of­fi­cer

The world re­cently reached an im­por­tant mile­stone for fu­tur­ists and movie buffs: Oc­to­ber 21, 2015, the day in the fic­ti­tious fu­ture that Marty Mcfly, the pro­tag­o­nist of the 1980s Back to the Fu­ture tril­ogy, trav­els to. When Mcfly en­ters the fu­ture, he finds a world that of­fers, among other tech­no­log­i­cal de­lights, hov­er­boards and self-ty­ing shoelaces. In pop­u­lar cul­ture, the date Oc­to­ber 21, 2015, be­came a check­point where geeks of the world could gauge whether we as a species have evolved, de­pend­ing on the avail­abil­ity of the afore­men­tioned in­no­va­tions.

While we don’t have self-ty­ing laces yet, we do have hov­er­boards. Sort of. In a bril­liant piece of con­tent mar­ket­ing, Lexus de­vel­oped what is es­sen­tially a skate­board with­out wheels and which floats an inch off the ground (Google it). The video clip that shows top skaters us­ing the board went vi­ral, and techies all over the world fist bumped each other. The hover board is not for sale yet, sadly, but a whole slew of other high-tech toys are—in­clud­ing that per­sonal sub­mersible pic­tured on this page, which would make a per­fect Christ­mas present for out­doorsy types (page 290).

But be­ing fu­tur­is­tic is not just about be­ing shiny and new. When it comes to city plan­ning, progress can take an al­to­gether more pati­nated and aged form. In our fea­ture Re­vival of the Fittest (page 248), Christopher Dewolfe looks at how preser­va­tion has be­come the bat­tle­ground for Hong Kong ur­ban­ists. For too long, colo­nial-era struc­tures have been razed to make room for 1970s Bauhaus bas­tardi­s­a­tions that only look good in in­tense cityscapes as pho­tographed by Michael Wolf et al. With the un­veil­ing of the old Cen­tral Po­lice Sta­tion, along with the suc­cess of PMQ and other such re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion projects, Hong Kong may fi­nally be ac­knowl­edg­ing its rich ar­chi­tec­tural her­itage.

New ideas typ­i­cally come from the new guard, and in this, our De­sign Is­sue, we are de­lighted to show­case the lat­est mem­bers of the Acad­emy Ball Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee of the Hong Kong Acad­emy for Per­form­ing Arts in a space age-themed photo shoot in the lead-up to the fundrais­ing gala, to be held on De­cem­ber 12. And with the hotly an­tic­i­pated Star Wars film hit­ting screens soon, who can blame th­ese fresh-faced A-lis­ters for want­ing to zip up their space­suits and get busy with laser beams this fes­tive sea­son?

I’ve been a loyal user of Smyth­son diaries for some years. I nor­mally use the Por­to­bello diary but this Soho diary in grey leather has caught my eye. Its week-toa-view lay­out with an adjacent to-do page is just the thing to get your 2016 off to a pro­duc­tive start.

smooth op­er­a­tor This fu­tur­is­tic sub­mersible, the Deep­f­light Dragon, was cre­ated by the man who de­signed the mini sub­ma­rine used by James Bond in For Your Eyes Only

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