Ashley Scott Kelly

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This site presents projects across a multitude of topics and locations, generally fielded in the design disciplines. I believe most complex problems can be advanced and mediated through design, using a wide recognition of urban processes, economy, ecologies and social observations.

Biography
My work focuses on scenario-building and filling knowledge gaps for environmental conservation and sustainable development, especially in regions that lack adequate knowledge or transparency in development information and spatial data. I apply landscape and architecture design methods to land change and landscape ecology, with wide expertise on the manipulation of geospatial data for the study, advocacy, design and delivery of projects in ecologically complex and contested landscapes. Recent works include design guidelines for tropical road infrastructure, corridor modelling for wildlife crossing design, and a Development and Conservation Awareness Map for southern Myanmar and Hong Kong. Key professional works range widely in scale, from new town planning to the winning entry for New York City’s 46,000-acre Gateway National Park. I offer studio and lecture courses on regional landscape planning, landscape media, and GIS and research-based seminars on environmental conservation, modernization and rural development in Hong Kong, China, South and Southeast Asia (Myanmar, Laos), and Latin America. I have coordinated the thesis in landscape architecture at The University of Hong Kong for four years.

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Studio Laos Final Review
Date posted: 07 May 2018

HKU landscape undergraduates defended their design and regional planning strategies for northern Laos today in front of a cross-disciplinary panel of experts on environmental impact, politics and administration, geography, sociology, architecture and planning. Students and faculty were honored to have Dr. Ng Shui Meng, former Deputy Representative for UNICEF Laos and wife of 2012 disappeared Laos civil society leader Sombath Somphone, join from Vientiane. Students...

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HKU students present their planning and design strategies for the China-Laos railway. By Aristo Chan.
HKU students present their planning and design strategies for the China-Laos railway. By Aristo Chan.
Evaluating Land and Land Supply Strategies in Hong Kong
Date posted: 11 April 2018

Saturday, 21 April 2018, 11:30-13:00 H6 CONET G/F, The Center, 99 Queen's Road Central Speakers: YEUNG Ha-chi, Liber Research Community Camille LAM, Liber Research Community Ashley Scott KELLY, Division of Landscape Architecture, HKU This second HKILA forum on land supply will address the technical and regulatory complexity of how landscapes are evaluated for development. Given Hong Kong's unremitting development pressures, both pro-development and pro-conservatio...

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HKILA Land Supply Forum Hong Kong.
HKILA Land Supply Forum Hong Kong.
HKU Landscape Students Visit Laos
Date posted: 12 March 2018

University of Hong Kong (HKU) students studying landscape planning recently traveled the planned route of the China-Laos Railway to learn of the opportunities brought by development and immense changes underway along the 400-kilometer corridor. As part of a course in HKU's Division of Landscape Architecture, students will create scenarios and speculative strategies related to the railway's environmental and social impact and its supporting infrastructure, as well ...

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Tunnel portal under construction for China-Laos Railway. By Ashley Scott Kelly.
Tunnel portal under construction for China-Laos Railway. By Ashley Scott Kelly.
Environmental Metrics and Valuing Nature in Hong Kong
Date posted: 13 December 2017

Today, HKU Masters students presented their explorations of environmental metrics and contested development sites across Hong Kong for the research seminar course "Design Analytics: Nature, regions, and the erosion of conservation in Hong Kong". Many thanks to Deborah Kuh, Head of the Hong Kong Development Bureau's Greening Landscape and Tree Management Section, WildAid's Alex Hofford, and HKU colleagues for engaging with the students during their presentations. V...

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Map including student project locations, Green Belt conversions, and conservation agreement sites. By Ashley Scott Kelly, 2017.
Map including student project locations, Green Belt conversions, and conservation agreement sites. By Ashley Scott Kelly, 2017.
Upstreaming Design for Linear Infrastructure with HKILA
Date posted: 17 October 2017

Ashley Scott Kelly will deliver a talk, hosted by the Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects (HKILA), titled: Engineering Conservation: Upstreaming landscape design and sustainable construction in linear infrastructure planning. Date: Tuesday, 24 October 2017, Time: 7:00-9:00 PM. Where: Caritas Community & Higher Education Service, 14/F, On Lok Yuen Building, 25-27A Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong. Synopsis: Regional corridors propelled by China...

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Upstreaming Design for Linear Infrastructure talk with HKILA, 24 October 2017.
Upstreaming Design for Linear Infrastructure talk with HKILA, 24 October 2017.
Land Development vs Conservation Game with Storefront for Art and Architecture
Date posted: 09 July 2017

New York-based Storefront for Art and Architecture, in partnership with Hong Kong Design Trust, held events across Hong Kong from 7-9 July as part of Storefront IS (International Series) Hong Kong. The three-day program included public city walks on urban transformation, dialogues on cross-border issues, and mixed-media performances exploring density, sustainability and development. At the closing event, Ashley Scott Kelly hosted a game titled "Land Development vs...

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Teams play Land Development vs Conservation Hong Kong, a landscape planning game, at Storefront IS Hong Kong.
Teams play Land Development vs Conservation Hong Kong, a landscape planning game, at Storefront IS Hong Kong.
Forum on Sustainable Infrastructure with ADB and WWF
Date posted: 22 May 2017

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), together with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Vietnam's Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, hosted the Forum on Sustainable Infrastructure: Integrating Climate Resilience and Natural Capital into Transport Infrastructure Planning and Design on May 17 and 18 in Hanoi, Vietnam. During the forum, Ashley Scott Kelly presented innovative ways that design-level considerations can drive sustainable infrastructure planning...

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Forum on Sustainable Infrastructure: Integrating Climate Resilience and Natural Capital into Transport Infrastructure Planning and Design.
Forum on Sustainable Infrastructure: Integrating Climate Resilience and Natural Capital into Transport Infrastructure Planning and Design.
Design on the Road to Burma, Final Review
Date posted: 05 May 2017

Final-year HKU undergraduates in landscape architecture defended their design strategies today for southern Myanmar. Many of their designs built credible scenarios of how changes in landscape management and planning and design scopes can mitigate development and conservation conflicts, especially in areas of weak governance and environmental regulation. View course page...

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Final review for Design on the Road to Burma 2017.
Final review for Design on the Road to Burma 2017.