This course explores the core practices of spatial production and literacy of the landscape architect with a goal of founding and strengthening the student’s fundamental environmental design abilities. We focus on two landscape types commonly found in Hong Kong: sitting-out areas and engineered slopes. Unique in many ways to the territory, these two types can be considered as an encapsulation of the core problematics of the discipline: the management of social needs and environmental forces. The sequence of assignments begins with broad investigations of these two types and in particular their role in our experience of the city. Through multiple exercises, the students explore design methodologies including typological analysis; abstraction, transposition, projection and transformation; and tectonic experimentation. These guided (yet open) exercises culminate in a highly articulate, critical and comprehensive design proposal for a compact urban site in Hong Kong. Work within the studio will develop a contemporary interpretation of space, particularly as it can be explored through the city. Our interest is not to copy the past but to transform it through its critical re-appropriation.