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This project took Sheung Wan as a study ground in order to explore its formal and informal open spaces. Sheung Wan is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Hong Kong. The terrain of the area south of Queen’s Road West reflects early developments that were characterized by terraces and staircases to accommodate the topographic differences in the neighborhood. This is a rather unique setting in Hong Kong, and the challenge in this studio project was to find ways to create open space in this terraced neighborhood. This studio started with an initial exercise to study open spaces in Sheung Wan in order for students to learn about their history, user patterns, modes of development/ operation, and space networks. This exercise also aimed to give students some contextual understanding of Sheung Wan and prepare them for their upcoming assignments. After a precedent study that looked at how other landscape projects design open space on topographic sites, the second exercise of the studio introduced the design task and its site. At this stage, students learnt how to do site analysis, and how findings in the analysis can inform design directions. Students developed a conceptual site plan in the third exercise, demonstrating their understanding of the site’s context, topographic challenges, and access connection network. They incorporated open space programs reflecting the neighborhood’s social dynamics. Toward the end of the project, students were guided to focus on key areas to further their design.