Ashley Scott Kelly

HKU Landscape Students Visit Laos

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 as sustainable agriculture and forestry, conservation, and tourism planning along the length of the rail corridor.

During their visit, the students presented and received feedback on their preliminary studies, which synthesized three decades of land planning, conservation and ecotourism, drug eradication, watershed planning and hydropower development, corporate and artisanal mining, and the timber trade in northern Laos. Investments over the last 30 years have resulted in both positive and negative outcomes, and we must be diligent in finding innovative ways to ensure the sustainability of Laos, its people and landscapes.

The students and their instructors, Ashley Scott Kelly and Xiaoxuan Lu, send a very warm thanks to all those in Lao civil society and the international community who made our visit a productive learning experience.

Tunnel portal under construction for China-Laos Railway. By Ashley Scott Kelly.
Tunnel portal under construction for China-Laos Railway. By Ashley Scott Kelly.
HKU students presenting their studies in Laos.
HKU students presenting their studies in Laos.
HKU Student 6-week Preliminary Research Book (180 pp).
HKU Student 6-week Preliminary Research Book (180 pp).
Strategic Landscape Planning for the Greater Mekong.
Strategic Landscape Planning for the Greater Mekong.
Nam Tha River. By Ashley Scott Kelly.
Nam Tha River. By Ashley Scott Kelly.
Boten Special Economic Zone at China-Laos border. By Ashley Scott Kelly.
Boten Special Economic Zone at China-Laos border. By Ashley Scott Kelly.

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