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AbstractLandscape constitutes terrain and territory as much as place and identity. It concerns land use and habitation patterns as well as built environments nested within dynamic ecological processes. Guided by insights from our Landscape forum, this issue evaluates the conditions and mechanisms behind Hong Kong’s current landscapes and examines how this would affect our city’s architecture, urban and landscape design.

“Territorial Terrain” first sketches out modern Hong Kong’s territorial developments and recap the changing identities of this “Land of Hong Kong” (香港地) – the colloquial name by which Hong Kong is known historically in relation to Guangzhou and Macau, with ‘land’ being a ‘place’ to which people belong. Three interviews with architect, planner and landscape architect elaborate on issues raised in the forum.

“Inhabiting Terrain” ponders on the legacy of Hong Kong’s new towns while remarking on Land Debate issues. “Planning Territory” critiques past and present planning procedures and longstanding land-related conundrums. “Revealing Landscape” appeals for deeper understanding and appreciation of the roles of landscape and landscape designers in land development. Essays covering the spectrum of planning modes on territorial scale projects include: learning from Tseung Kwan O’s masterplan and its implementation over two decades; planning of three contemporary public housing projects on topography; the use of design for community advocacy by a district councillor with architecture training; the architect-led participatory planning and eco-design of the relocated New Choi Yuen village; the bottom-up reclaiming of villages, brownfields and productive landscapes for “ecological dwelling” in the New Territories; and a speculation for a “two cities one system” shaped through the New Territories’ landscape.

“Urban Nature” considers landscape as constructed ecologies, the architecture of nature in the city and the extent to which it grounds our urban socio-natural experience. From sloping terrain, waterfront, sections of a river, parks, to traffic islands and space around trees, this section highlights germane issues and works in the designing of Hong Kong’s urban landscape.

The government’s Greening, Landscape and Tree Management Section (GLTMS) discuss their advocacy of landscape beyond greening through policy-making and scientific guidelines for landscape design and management. A feature on pumping station projects illustrates efforts to champion innovative architecture that combine infrastructure facilities with public leisure landscapes. A review of Urbis' landscape projects shows how ‘designing with water’ is closely connected to our everyday life. Two essays follow, they reveal the roles of landscape designers in the making of Hong Kong’s New Towns (local professionals) and in prominent ongoing open space projects (international designers).

The section then includes five project-based features. Dutch landscape designers West 8 share their experience and insights in the West Kowloon Cultural District Art Park design. Thomas Chow Architects display their masterful designs with topography by recounting their decade-long involvement in expanding the Diocesan Boys’ School Campus. The Asia Society Hong Kong Center celebrates Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects’ contextual sensitivity with historico-environmental heritage, while the King George V Performing Arts Block shows how Ronald Lu & Partners creates a place for learning by embracing a historical tree. Ida Sze’s essay journeys through commemorative landscapes, culminating with memorable moments of Wo Hop Shek columbarium.
All Author(s) ListThomas Chung (Chief Editor), Thomas Tsang (Chief Editor), Weijen Wang (Editorial Director)
All Editor(s) ListThomas Chung (Chief Editor), Thomas Tsang (Chief Editor), Weijen Wang (Editorial Director)
Journal nameThe Hong Kong Institute of Architects Journal
Title of PublicationThe Hong Kong Institute of Architects Journal
Year2018
Issue Number74
PublisherThe Hong Kong Institute of Architects
Place of PublicationHong Kong
Pages1 - 140
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsLandscape, Architecture, Hong Kong land development

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