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Living in the Valleys: Alternatives Futures for Hong Kong’s Vanishing Landscape Heritage

Landscape Design Studio III A (2020-21)

Related Staff : Maxime Decaudin


This advanced design studio engaged holistically with Hong Kong’s neglected landscapes heritage through the design of long term scenarios for the valleys of the North East end of the New Territories. By exploring the value of landscape heritage in the distant future, which is unavoidably marked by climate change and a global mass extinction, this studio problematized two forms of contemporary disappearance. First, the loss of historical knowledge and survival strategies which shaped the traditional agrarian landscape and enabled the inhabitants of Hong Kong to live sustainably in the valleys for centuries. Second, the invisibility of the current and future environmental footprint of Hong Kong’s lifeways and the landscapes they generate, both locally and globally. In order to address these issues, students reflected on the following questions through their research, analysis, and design proposals: How can the legacy of abandoned vernacular landscapes in the New Territories become an opportunity to question and rethink the current model of development? What alternatives have already been designed and tested in Hong Kong and globally? And what can be learned from them? What will be the aspirations of future communities and how can they inhabit the land differently? What is the role of landscape architects in designing long term strategies for a sustainable, local, and alternative future?

Enlarge Photo: Communities in the Valley, Ecologies of the Estuary: A symbiotic approach for sea level rise. By POON Cheuk Hei Ryan.
Enlarge Photo: Communities in the Valley, Ecologies of the Estuary: A symbiotic approach for sea level rise. By POON Cheuk Hei Ryan.
Enlarge Photo: Communities in the Valley, Ecologies of the Estuary: A symbiotic approach for sea level rise. By POON Cheuk Hei Ryan.
Enlarge Photo: Co-conservation: Save village and horseshoe crab. By LI Yuchan.
Enlarge Photo: Reimagining Surface Runoff: A new community-scaled freshwater collection system. By ZHANG Yuchen Kavina.
Enlarge Photo: Amphibian Island. By HUANG Ying Lily.
Enlarge Photo: Dynamic Grounds: A new landscape approach for a water flood network for the reclaimed Tung Chung New Town. By NG Kwok Jing.
Enlarge Photo: Building Complexity: Growing land by sendimentation in Tung Chung Bay. By CHUI Kei Ching Maisy.
UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE