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The course explored the core practices of landscape representation, from analysis to fabrication, focusing on the understanding of representation and production. Shifting from site observation in an urban context to detail representation and digital and manual fabrication, the course covered a variety of scales and modes. Throughout three succeeding projects, students transformed products of a site observation into design methodologies while creating an understanding of abstraction, rigor, transformation, and experimentation. In Project 1, ‘Measuring terrain,’ students focused on representing a given site and interpreting its conditions and constraints. Site analysis and site representation were pursued through two-dimensional digital and manual output looking at registered reinforced slopes in Hong Kong. In Project 2, ‘Transforming Ground,’ students focused on the transition from drawing to object. The project explored rigorous methodologies to transform an in-depth site observation into a material- and site-inspired device. Students worked on an iterative process between material experimentations and constructive drawings leading to a comprehensive understanding of testing, fabricating, and detailing. Project 3, ‘Materializing Landscape,’ then introduced key concepts of material research and working with manual fabrication, and enhanced the organizational aspects of the design process.