MLA Studio 1 2017-18

Related Staff : Mak, Vincci W.S. , Lu, Xiaoxuan , Trumpf, Susanne Elisabeth

Students: CHAN Chu Hang Henry; CHAN Tsz Wa Koni; CHAN Ka Ying May; CHENG Kwok Cheong Louis; CHEUNG Wing Ka Jasmine; CHONG Yan Suen Ceas; DUAN Yu Vicky; DUAN Wenlin William; FAN Junyi Roy; HO Yu Ming Yuming; IP Henry Ka Ho Henry; KWONG Kwan Ki Crystal; LAM Sau Chin Michelle; LEE Hon Him Jason; LIN Zhizhen Aylin; LIU Yijun Jenny; LU Jiawen Javin; LU Siyi Lucy; LU Fan Jimmy; OR Chun Hin Justin; PAN Naijin; PANG Tsz Yung Kity; SHI Yuning Cony; SHUM Siu Kei David; SIN Wai Yin Sammy; TAN Qian Sissi; TANG Yang Tony; TSANG Yik Ming Yammi; WONG Man Kai Hedy; XIONG Zhengzheng; XU Jiangyin Joy; YUAN Zheyi Zoey; ZHANG Xiaolai Joy; ZHAO Pu Dannas; ZHENG Ying; ZHOU Yifan Mia

Course Code: 7131
Course Title: Interstitial Hong Kong

In this studio, students explored the core practices of landscape design in the context of high-density, dynamic urban sites in Hong Kong. Focusing on the everyday landscapes such as resting areas and engineered slopes, students discovered the exceptional opportunities for landscape design and social and ecological enrichment of sites throughout the city. The semester was divided into two discrete projects, each taking on sites of edge, gap, and border. In Project 1, (Inter)positioning, students explored the nature of spatial interventions in Hong Kong’s physical structure with a focused study of Sitting Out Areas and Rest Gardens, those unique and ubiquitous expressions of maximizing utility in all of the city’s in-between or left-over spaces. In Project 2, A Cemetery Park In-Between, students focused on the ‘in-between’ fields between culturally, topographically, and ecologically distinct development areas in the Happy Valley Cemetery. Taking on notions of expanded roles for infrastructure, students were challenged to consider interventionist strategies that construct habitable ground for both people and ecology. Through multiple exercises, the students explored design methodologies including typological analysis, abstraction, analysis, projection and iteration. Students refined their capabilities in presenting landscape designs in both measured conventional formats, and in inventive, process-driven techniques.