Entangled Futures: Designing Posthuman Landscapes at Lau Fau Shan

Landscape Design Studio III B (2020-21)

Related Staff : Merve Bedir

Entangled Futures Studio assumed that design does not necessarily serve only the human, and is shaped around ecological thinking. Based on imaginative propositions at the intersection of landscape design, strategic planning, and environmental sciences, the aim of this studio was to engage in issues of sustainability and environmental balance, scarcity of resources (such as food, water, energy), the implementation of lived indigenous knowledge, and maintenance/ continuity of ecology and biodiversity. The studio focused on designing landscapes as a habitat for a diversity of life forms and developed proposals for the waterfront at Lau Fau Shan. Entangled Futures studio started with design research on posthumanism and ecology through case studies of landscape design projects that deal with similar issues as in Lau Fau Shan. Second phase was site research and analysis. Landscape design proposals started with scenario and strategy building focusing on Lau Fau Shan village and the Deep Bay at a larger scale. Following, each student continued with their individual design proposal on a part of Lau Fau Shan waterfront. The methodological assumptions of this studio are that research and design continuously inform each other, design proposal considers the role and responsibilities of the landscape designer, “time” is a medium of landscape design, and “site” is always trans-scalar.

Enlarge Photo: Site Analysis: Deep Bay and Lau Fau Shan.
Enlarge Photo: Site Analysis: Deep Bay and Lau Fau Shan.
Enlarge Photo: Lau Fau Shan waterfront treatment proposal. By CHEUNG Kai Yin.
Enlarge Photo: Lau Fau Shan waterfront treatment proposal. By CHEN Qiao Roy.
Enlarge Photo: Time, labour, and land dynamics in design proposal. By CHAU Li Yin Sabrina.
Enlarge Photo: Smart oyster farm in Deep Bay. By CHIU Ho Wan Issac.
Enlarge Photo: Deep Bay archipelago proposal. By LO Wai Ching.
Enlarge Photo: Phytoremediation and waste treatment proposal for Lau Fau Shan waterfront. By SO Po Chu Pearl.
Enlarge Photo: Cooperative special nature reserve proposal. By LIU Ruixiang.
Enlarge Photo: Boundary transition proposals for the Nonhuman in Lau Fau Shan. By ZHANG Jinling.