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Uncovering Site and Process in the Landscape: Assembles, Gradients, and Frameworks

Foundation Design Studio I (2019-20)

Related Staff : Ivan Valin


This foundation studio explored ways of reading, representing, and manipulating landscapes, focusing particularly on material, space and measure. The course was structured as a series of small, cumulative exercises within a small wooded site adjacent to campus- Pinewood Battery. The site was introduced as a site in process: an artifact of a militarized landscape and an example of a geologically and ecologically dynamic site. Students produced a range of drawings, treating the act of surveying as an interpretive, dynamic exercise where students represented gradient (as opposed to edges); network (as opposed to objects); and parameter (as opposed to dimensions). The various layers of the site: deposited, shifted, eroded, stabilized, cultivated, maintained, naturalized, ruined, and interpreted, were, in the first exercise, the context for observation and rigorous documentation of sequential sections, rendered plan, and photographic collage. In the second exercise, students developed a landscape of simple structures, landforms, and vegetation strategies that were derived from physical material experiments using models. In the final exercise, these generative drawings and experiments formed the basis for the design of a new landscape intervention within Pinewood Battery. Successful projects engaged with the dynamics of the existing landscape to create new experiences of nature and heritage at the city’s urban fringe.

Enlarge Photo: Plaster, pigment, and sand form studies. By YAU Hoi Ying Ariel.
Enlarge Photo: Site plan textures gradient drawing. By CHEN Zhouying.
Enlarge Photo: Final project intervention, site construction logic diagram. By YAU Hoi Ying Ariel.
Enlarge Photo: Site assembly plan. By CHIU Yuan Karen.
Enlarge Photo: Site assembly model. By CHEN Zhouying .
Enlarge Photo: Final project site plan. By CHIU Yuan Karen.
Enlarge Photo: Final project site plan detail, shade and landuse strategy. By LI Xinwei Kinii.
Enlarge Photo: Final project site plan detail, shade and landuse strategy. By LI Xinwei Kinii.
UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE