Landscape Technologies and Techniques

This course combined the two primary technologies employed by landscape architects to shape space and function in the landscape: landform and planting design. The three-dimensional literacy required to articulate these elements was introduced through various landscape representation techniques. The relationship between planting, topography, and human intervention and behavior in the landscape was explored through a ‘virtual’ field trip to Yuen Long Town Park using videos posted on Facebook workplace. Students further investigated this theme by means of their own case studies presented by video. Plants were introduced as members of plant communities and components of particular ecologies through further field trips. Students then explored the relationship between plants and human impacts on the landscape in a written assignment couched in the form of an imaginary letter from a particular tree or group of plants to us human beings. Students further demonstrated the design impact of planting in an urban setting, presenting an existing street scene without greening, then visualizing the same view after the addition of street trees. Demonstration videos explaining how to construct the drawings, including basic perspective drawings, were made available online for reference. At the end of the course, students reflected on their experience of the course and demonstrated that they had gained invaluable skills and insights into the basics of the technologies and techniques required for landscape design.