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Invisible Landscapes

Location: Sha Tin, Hong Kong SAR / Scope: Research and Landscape design for 4km heritage trail / Year: 2017-2019 / Award: Highly Commended Award (NEC) 2018, Project of the Year category

The Invisible Landscapes project tells narratives of Sha Tin town history in the form of 4km long heritage trail along the Shing Mun River. The project forms a part of the wider Shing Mun River revitalization project managed by the Sha Tin District council. 12 site specific landscape installations were introduced along the trail including the historic Che Kung Temple, the Tsang Tai Uk Village, Lion Rock tunnel, and Sha Tin New Town development. The design idea make reference to the cultural understanding of the landscape with use of traditional landscape technique such as 'borrowed scenery' and 'visual axis' to enhance the experience by overlaying the narrative with the spatial and geographical condition which have dramatically been transformed, mainly with reclamation of the substantial land area in preparation for the new town development.

Shing Mun River has long been a popular venue for the local residents to pursue leisure and recreation activities. Being an important public space for the town, the project was subject to stringent procedures including local council meetings, number of workshops with the steering committee group to refine the narrative. The historical research undertook by the studio also included the field trips and photographic mapping to ascertain location of the flight path for the first powered flight which took place above the Shing Mun River in 1911, the information was instrumental to the location and design development of the installation.

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