Related Staff : Ivan Valin
ARCH7111 provides an introduction to fundamental design methods for landscape architecture, including structural and surficial awareness and advanced spatial and representational concepts. In the fall term, it focused primarily on two landscape types commonly found in Hong Kong: the small but ubiquitous ‘sitting-out areas’ spotted within the urban field, and the brutally functional engineered slopes that are witnesses to the story of stabilizing and dwelling in the terrain of Hong Kong. The sequence of assignments begans with broad investigations of landscape spatial typologies and, in particular, their role in the tectonics of the city. The course then narrowed its focus to the study of one particular engineered slope, followed by the rigorous design of a new sitting–out area in a site challenged by drainage, stabilization, and infrastructure. The goal of this was to introduce students to a series of design research methods with a view towards implementing them in a highly articulate, critical and comprehensive design proposal for the selected site. As such, students w were introduced to the fundamentals of spatial production and the potential agency of landscape architecture in the city.