“…by nature”

Landscape Design Studio 2B (2020-21)

Related Staff : Matthew Pryor

‘Landscape’, can be understood as a dynamic assembly of natural systems in continuous interaction with human systems, operating at multiple scales (from site to territory) and across different time periods. Landscape planners, designers and managers need to be able to recognize these systems, their interrelationships and the forces behind them, so that they can anticipate change and develop responses that generate resilient outcomes. In this studio we explored the landscape systems of the Port Shelter Area of Sai Kung, and saw how the form of urban development has responded to the natural, e.g. how the surface water drainage system is based on the natural hydrological pattern; how the design of the sea wall responds to tidal actions and storm events; and how the form and orientation of the buildings takes account of patterns of sunlight and seasonal winds. From this we developed a series of management and design strategies for varied sites around the Inner Port Shelter that were responsive to anticipated environmental and societal changes. The studio helps develop foundational skills in ‘reading’ landscapes and ultimately for assessing their specific qualities and functions, as well as reflecting on the language of landscape architecture. Through selected landscape case-studies, readings, and technical exercises, we examined theories that underpin our ideas of landscape, and explored relationships between the built and the natural, at multiple scales and across time.

Enlarge Photo: Participatory waste management. By WONG Hon Ting Bryan.Enlarge Photo: Design intervention towards sea level rise. By CHEUNG Tsz Yui Edelweiss.Enlarge Photo: Mangrove park. By WONG Hoi Lam Michelle.