URBS2008 Design Graphics Studio

This studio will provide students with the basic graphic skills and techniques (in freehand drawing, photography, 2D and 3D CAD drawing, laser cutting, model making, Illustrator and Photoshop software) which allow them to experiment with many of the issues and ideas introduced.  Students will be responsible for individual projects which exhibit their grasp of the studio topics.

Interstitial Hong Kong

In this studio, students explored the core practices of landscape design in the context of high-density, dynamic urban sites in Hong Kong. Focusing on the everyday landscapes such as resting areas and engineered slopes, students discovered the exceptional opportunities for landscape design and social and ecological enrichment of urban sites. The semester was divided into two projects, each tackling urban landscape concerns dealing with the edges, the gaps, and the overlaps of the city. In Project 1, ‘(Inter)positioning’, students explored the nature of spatial interventions in Hong Kong’s physical structure with a focused study of Sitting-out Areas and Rest Gardens. Using methods of collage, deformation, and morphological transformation, students developed a critique about the parameters and principles of the existing typology. In Project 2, ‘A Cemetery Park In-between’, students focused on the ‘in-between’ fields of culturally, topographically, and ecologically distinct development areas at Happy Valley Cemetery. Taking on notions of expanded roles for infrastructure, students were challenged to consider strategies that construct habitable ground for both people and ecology. Through multiple exercises, the students explored design methodologies including typological analysis, abstraction, projection and iteration. Students refined their capabilities in presenting landscape designs in both measured conventional formats, and in inventive, process-driven techniques.