Interstitial Hong Kong

Landscape Design Studio I (2018-19)

Related Staff : Jason Hilgefort, Susanne Trumpf, Xiaoxuan Lu

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 urban sites. The semester was divided into two projects, each tackling urban landscape concerns dealing with the edges, the gaps, and the overlaps of the city. 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. Using methods of collage, deformation, and morphological transformation, students developed a critique about the parameters and principles of the existing typology. In Project 2, ‘A Cemetery Park In-between’, students focused on the ‘in-between’ fields of culturally, topographically, and ecologically distinct development areas at Happy Valley Cemetery. Taking on notions of expanded roles for infrastructure, students were challenged to consider strategies that construct habitable ground for both people and ecology. Through multiple exercises, the students explored design methodologies including typological analysis, abstraction, projection and iteration. Students refined their capabilities in presenting landscape designs in both measured conventional formats, and in inventive, process-driven techniques.

Enlarge Photo: Color-Coded Typologies (P1). By HE Jialei Constance.Enlarge Photo: Spatial Assemblage (P1). By CHAN Ka Yu Phoebe; SATTAYANURAK Kanisa; and WANG Xuting Julie.Enlarge Photo: Model (P1). By Photo by: BEDIR Merve.Enlarge Photo: Site analysis of cemetery monument (P2). By WONG Wing Yin Erica.Enlarge Photo: Site section and planting strategy. By WONG Wing Yin Erica.Enlarge Photo: Model (P2). By YUEN Chun Yin Tony.Enlarge Photo: Site sections and model (P2). By CHU Shing Chun Paul.