Monday, December 10, 2007

It's program time!

Several countries contend that golf originated within their borders. The modern game of golf is often attributed to the linksland region of Scotland, where written records of the game date as far back as March 6, 1457 in St. Andrews, Scotland, when King James II banned the sport as a distraction from military drills. Golf courses, clubs and game rules, as they are recognized today, are all credited to this region of Scotland, from which the game spread to coastal regions of England, Wales and Ireland, and then to inland areas.

Recent research indicates that golf’s ancient origins prior to St. Andrews belong to a different locale. According to Professor Ling Hongling of Langzhou University in China, a document called the Dongxuan Records, written in 1282 in the Song Dynasty, proves the existence of an earlier version of golf called chuiwan. The book explains that the game was played with 10 different jewel-encrusted clubs, including a cuanbang, equivalent to a modern-day driver, and a shaobang, similar to a wooden club. Since the Dongxuan Records pre-date the earliest records of golf in Scotland, Ling claims the game was possibly imported to Europe by Mongol traders during the late Middle Ages.

The program of a golf course will serve as the exploratory device for investigating a new intersection detail between ground-form and built-form. Like the traditional Chinese garden, the golf course requires an intricate combination of ground elements and architecture, including surfaces planted with vegetation or earth, exposed or covered paths, earth walls, and buildings. In many golf courses and Chinese gardens ground-form and built-form exchange spatial devices, such that the ground-form is divided either by fairways, trees or walls to create spatial division, while the built-form is materially opened to the landscape so as to draw it into the building.

The task of this thesis is to find investigative moments within the exchange between the ground-form and built-form polarities of golf course design. There is a gradient between these two components within which I will identify zones of influence and logic. These zones will then be deployed within the context and tested as a method for reactivating the reclaimed land at Kai Tak.


Blogger bryan said...

jd- random comment but in the text below 2047 I think "beings" is supposed to be "begins"... looking good, dude. Way to rub it in the face of all those golf fans out there.

December 11, 2007 at 1:20 PM  
Blogger // JD said...

but did you notice i also flipped the golf bag and forgot to mirror the chinese stars? good catch, bb.

December 12, 2007 at 8:56 PM  

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