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. To work in this urban context, designers must develop a keen understanding of and ability to engage with its complexities and multi-layered conditions. The studio examines the relationships between people and the built environment in the public realm. Though there are a number of types and forms of open space within the city (from those that are formalized and legible to those that are ambiguous and contested; those that have been planned and those that have not) that together construct the public realm. We will primarily focus on the ‘everyday’ spaces within this assembly: the PR spaces of a dense and dynamic urban fabric, and the PR spaces of a primarily residential development. Though the studio is organized around the concept of ‘space’, we will see through research and design that this space is constructed by people, programs, and the flow of material and information through the city. Through a series of exercises, students will learn to identify, analyze, and document the key aspects (physical, ecological, economic and social) that shape an urban context; to build a vocabulary that communicates process, and to propose appropriate ways to intervene in this context. Studio will draw on methods introduced in ARCH 3103: Environment, Community and Design, in order to understand the various communities and stakeholders of each project site. Students will hone and apply skills of observation, oral interviews, and interpreting historic cultural research.