Related Staff : Natalia Echeverri
This advanced landscape design studio investigates a critical component of open space in high-density cities: the landscapes of public housing. In Hong Kong, this sector covers the living environment for nearly half of Hong Kong’s residents; and although its ‘green’ vocabularies are improving, an overhaul of urban design and landscape strategy is overdue. This studio has two primary aims: the first, to contextualize and catalog existing forms and practices of public space in Hong Kong’s housing estates; the second, to speculate on new forms of urban living that take into account the existing conditions and the surrounding ecological and urban contexts in order to build a collective infrastructure for the city. This year, students focused on public estates built during the “Ten-Year Housing Program” (1973 -1983). For the first exercise, students analyzed and documented the public realm of public housing built during this period and produced a typological collection of the different forms and practices of public spaces in each estate. For the final project, Towards a Collective Infrastructure, students investigated how public housing can become a wider resource in benefit of both its community and the larger city. They developed a series of urban design and landscape planning strategies to renew Tai Hing and Leung King Estate, two public estates in Tuen Mun. Ultimately, students developed a detailed site design for a selected area within their master plan.