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.
My work focuses on the advanced modeling and representation of ecological phenomena, geospatial and heavy data, with applied research into environmental risk and policy, equity, aesthetics and the distribution of physical resources.  I offer studio, lecture, and seminar courses on advanced digital media and on environmental conservation, modernization and rural development in China, Southeast Asia and Latin America. Current research targets the ecological effects of the Sino-Peru timber trade with Harvard's South America Project, alongside frameworks for discontinuous modeling and manipulation of complex spatial data.
05 October 2015
Announcing DCAM Pilot for Tanintharyi, Myanmar
Design for Conservation
The Development and Conservation Awareness Map (DCAM) is being piloted in Myanmar's Tanintharyi Region with civil society groups and international NGOs. The objective is to coordinate often contradictory knowledge of development projects, at any stage of planning and operation, impacting the region and to facilitate dialogue. This is paramount given the current climate of domestic and international investment in Tanintharyi, the complex state of dual-administration, the simultaneous presence of several international NGOs, the persistence of displaced persons and ethnic conflict, the drafting of new land use plans, forest laws, and impact requirements, and not least the region's critical ecological value. As new plans for projects are discovered or as existing projects change course, they can be added to the map via simple drawing tools, uploading, and commentary by the platform's diverse user groups.
25 September 2015
Land use change along the Dawei-Myitta road
Design for Conservation
WWF-Myanmar, scientists from Stanford's Natural Capital Project, and Ashley Scott Kelly recently took government officials along the Dawei-Myitta road to explain land use change, erosion control, slope stabilization, and other principles of sustainable transport infrastructure and development. Participants included members from nine departments, including the Ministries of Environmental Conservation and Forestry (MOECAF), Agriculture, and Construction.
13 July 2015
WWF Publishes Recommendations for Dawei
Ashley Scott Kelly and Dorothy Tang co-authored a report with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Myanmar on the Dawei-Kanchanaburi road link.
07 May 2015
Design on the Road to Burma, Studio Review
Design for Conservation
HKU undergraduate landscape students presented their designs for the Tenasserim border region of Myanmar.  The jury consisted of members from WWF-Myanmar and HKU's Faculties of Architecture and Medicine, Experiential Learning Centre, Department of Civil Engineering, and School of Biological Sciences.