Landscape Community Studio: Urban Transects, Shanghai Street

Landscape Design Studio 3 (2015-16)

Related Staff : Bin Jiang, Natalia Echeverri, Vincci MAK

The contemporary morphology of urban Hong Kong is the result of rapid population growth, land scarcity, diverse cultural identities and social, political and economic determinism. Its unique and ever-evolving urban forms are imprinted with the history of more than 150 years of piecemeal aggregation through reclamation, development, and renewal. Over time, each of these expansions adapts itself to the urban fabric, producing specific spatial conditions that shape the lives of its inhabitants. The studio focuses on Shanghai Street, one of the longest streets in Kowloon. Traversing 2.3 kilometers through four distinct neighborhoods, the street embodies a rich history whose character is reflected in its built forms, landscape and inhabitants. Originally a shallow bay, the area was reclaimed in the late 1800s. From the very beginning, Shanghai Street became economically vibrant due to its proximity to Ya Ma Tei Typhoon Shelter and the ferry piers. As the area continued to expand through reclamation, development and urban renewal, many of the original uses and inhabitants relocated to other areas of the city. Today we can still see remnants of traditional elements layered with new ones in many spaces that find contemporary uses by new occupants, such as artists, ethnic minorities, activists, prostitutes and venders. The studio examines the relationships between people and the built environment. Through a series of exercises, students shall learn to identify and analyze key aspects (physical, ecological, economic and social) that shape an urban context; to build a vocabulary that communicates urban forms and the environment, and to propose appropriate interventions to the context.

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Enlarge Photo: Theodora HO Pik Lam, David WANG Jun Wen, Iris IP Ching Hei
Enlarge Photo: Theodora HO Pik Lam, David WANG Jun Wen, Iris IP Ching Hei