Located at the border crossing of Hong Kong and the booming metropolis of Shenzhen, this design illustrates how an area undergoing uncontrolled hyper-development (often resulting in chaotic and poorly designed environments) can be transformed over time into more livable and sustainable places. Furthermore, rapid development patterns of this type often create communities which lack a distinctive character. This design shows how through intensive mapping and research, the underlying qualities of a place can be revealed, serving as the basis for subsequent transformations. Primary design intentions included creating “greener” cityscapes along the major pedestrian arteries linking the main train station, customs house and border crossing. In addition, special attention was directed towards integrating Shenzhen’s waterfront to include new multi-use functions interwoven with the ubiquitous presence of landscape.