Ashley Scott Kelly

Studio Nepal: Designing nature, standards, and discontinuities in the Himalayas

On December 6th, HKU MLA students presented their final landscape planning projects for Nepal. Their 12 project proposals followed one of three approaches:

1) Creating complex scenarios in data-poor areas of the Terai plains by technically generating sites (for design) that bring out subtle differences in land cover and topography. These projects deal with the mitigation and long-term planning, for both communities and wildlife connectivity, of highway, rail and irrigation infrastructure.

2) Parameterizing landscape technologies and responses along planned road upgrades in the Mid Hills. These projects address difficulties in scope-setting between road construction, geophysical complexity, and the necessity to couple road building with broad land management programs.

3) Critiquing EIA scopes in a series of hydropower projects, including their associated roads and transmission lines. These projects focus on alternative approaches to defining (or designing) project scope.

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Fabricating Site: Nuanced scenario modelling and infrastructural strategies for Karnali River floodplain. Project by Zikai Zhang.
Fabricating Site: Nuanced scenario modelling and infrastructural strategies for Karnali River floodplain. Project by Zikai Zhang.
Preliminary studio research panels
Preliminary studio research panels