Course Title: Landscape Design Studio 1 (ARCH 7101)
Instructors: Adam Bobbette, Andrew Toland, Ivan Valin
This design studio aimed to provide an introduction to fundamental design methods in landscape architecture. It focused primarily on two landscape types commonly found in Hong Kong: sitting-out areas and engineered slopes. The sequence of projects began with broad investigations of these two types and in particular their role in the city and tectonics. The course then narrowed its focus to the study of one particular engineered slope, followed by the rigorous design of a new sitting-out area on this same slope. The goal of this was to introduce students to a series of design research methods with a view towards implementing them in a highly articulate, critical and comprehensive design proposal for the selected site. As such, students were introduced to the fundamentals of spatial production and the potential agency of landscape architecture in the city of Hong Kong and elsewhere.