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Joint Courses Was Held By PKU-HKU, Promoting The Communication And Development Of Both Places
    SUPDLandscape Architecture course “Transformation of Post Productive Landscape” was carried out smoothly in Hong Kong University from March 9 , 2013 to March 15, 2013. This joint course was run by department of Landscape Architecture of Peking University and department of Landscape Architecture of Hong Kong University.  The program has a strong lineup including Matthew Pryor, the director of LA, HKU and VINCCI Mac, the assistant professor of LA, HKU, Xiaoxuan LU, Doctor in College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture of Peking University, KennethYANG , the director of International Department in TURENSCAPE and designer Stanley Lung and Tyler Austin. Besides, 10 graduate students of Peking University school of urban planning and design and 22 undergraduates of Hong Kong University participated in the course.
 
Lu Xiaoxuan Giving Students An Address On Her Awarded Project
 

Course Topic: Deep Bay


Vincci Giving Comments And Guidance On Students’ Work 
        
    Teacher Vincci spoke first to introduce the background and destination of this project. She said, in the 21st century, Deep Bay is confronting significant challenges including the lack of land for further development, ecological pressures, decaying aquaculture industry, which derived from dynamic complexity and diverse range of coherent agencies. The prevailing conventions of design professions have demonstrated a limited capacity both to respond to the magnitude of the ecological crisis and to broaden its intervention beyond achieving aesthetic and spatial qualities.
   This workshop, “Transformation of Post Productive Landscape” aims to broaden individual perception over urban dynamics, infrastructure, and ecological complexities. Departing from monofunctionality, the post productive landscape of Deep Bay, Hong Kong is envisioned as a performative medium that enhance diverse ecological services, underpin urban economics, and response to environmental shifts in diverse range of time and spatial scale.  
    The Deep Bay site is very rich in its context.
    In order to guide this workshop and make sure students experience a thorough and in-depth investigation in a particular topic, four categories of theoretical themes are set out to guide the process of research.
·             Restoration: Mai Po Nature Reserve
·             “Evolutionary Process / Successions”: Lok ma Chau Loop
·             Regeneration: Nam Sang Wai / Wo Shang Wai / Tai Sang Wai
    The Aftermath of Dross: Hung ShuiKiu
   The 32 students joining the course were divided into 8 groups and every two groups discussed the same topic. Pressed for time and intensity, students had to walk for several kilometers in sunlight exposure and in the natural reserve, for site investigation. Hungry and tired, students seriously observed the site and made careful note and photograph.Besides,every group should put in stage achievement every day.. And in the indoorsdiscussion, every student actively expressed his own opinion. In brainstorms, every one learned a lot and come to agreement finally. 

Students Discussing Problems Through Trial And Error 


Group 2 Students Making Presentation


Group 3 Students making presentation
 
    “What I gained in the workshop is that,” said Qingzhi ZHENG, “we all remain interested in the site from beginning to the end.  We have tried our best to gather information about the place  where we research and find the solution ,which was based on the relationship between each factors rather than prejudiced by first impressions .Take ‘Evolutionary Process / Successions: Lok ma Chau Loop’ for example. This piece of land has been polluted seriously with the river sediments accumulated around the fishpond. When faced with this problem, we first thought of ecological management with plants. However, after investigation we take many factors into consideration ,such as the big population and the underdeveloped land, the need of development and environment protection, the special and complicated land rights and so on. Finally we gave the suggestion that part of the land should be developed with low density and other should be left as ecological buffer zone. This is more accord with the need of the site.”
 

Group 4 Students students making presentation  
 
    Finally, with everyone’s effort, the guiding team spoke highly of the four solutions and tactics which was made by the students to the sites.
    In the afternoon on March 15, the joint course ended successfully in the students’ excellent reports and guests’ brilliant comments. Teachers and students of the two universities have forged a profound friendship and praised this course a most rewarding activity. Every one believes that the joint course will go on and hope that the cooperation between the two universities as well as our mainland and Hong Kong have a brighter future! 

Students from PKU and HKU on farewell party


Teachers and Students Group 

Group 3 Final Work
(Dan Li)