Ashley Scott Kelly

Visual Communications for Landscape Architects

Instructor: Ashley Scott Kelly

At The University of Hong Kong

Course abstract

Visual Communication for Landscape Architects offers a landscape-centric approach to digital analysis and representation. While sharing histories and methods with architecture and planning, digital landscape representation, given its engagement with natural processes and ecologies, requires greater control over complex forms and materials. This course establishes foundational knowledge in computer science and geographic information systems (GIS), reviewing their innovations, vocabularies, and impacts on design and project delivery since the 1960s. While these histories form a critical understanding of software as a medium of design, this course also questions the inherent problems of landscape as a digital and narrative medium. Students manipulate geospatial data from remotely-sensed and open-source datasets to build a generalist's understanding of geospatial digital media for the range of scales landscape architects confront and in which they collaborate. Automation and iterative, procedural workflows are stressed as part of an efficient design process and problem solving toolset for landscape research and design from regional to site-scale works.

For their term projects, students apply GIS and parametric modelling tools to narrate conflicts between conservation and development in Hong Kong and its areas of high environmental value. During the establishment of Hong Kong's country parks in the mid-1970s, several concessions were made to ensure coverage of large areas, including pockets reserved for "village type" uses both within and abutting major sections of the parks. Today, many of these enclaves are in close proximity to urban centers and new town development and face complex land control debates and development pressures. Enforcement is difficult and infringement frequent; it is often the case that public or media outcries "discover" these infringements before district patrols. Working both individually and in teams, students create visual analytic catalogues of development and environmental degradation at several scales in Tai Mo Shan, Sai Kung, Ma On Shan, Plover Cove, and across Lantau Island. These include simulating afforestation processes, vegetation richness, canopy densities, and flood regulation systems alongside statutory controls and individual development case studies.

1:2500 model. By CHU Lok Yan Minnie, 2016.
1:2500 model. By CHU Lok Yan Minnie, 2016.
1:2500 model. By CHU Lok Yan Minnie, 2016.
1:2500 model. By CHU Lok Yan Minnie, 2016.
1:2500 model. By CHU Lok Yan Minnie, 2016.
1:2500 model. By CHU Lok Yan Minnie, 2016.
1:500 model. By CHU Lok Yan Minnie, 2016.
1:500 model. By CHU Lok Yan Minnie, 2016.
1:2500 plan showing vegetation cover distribution at 2000 and 2012. By WANG Junwen David, 2016.
1:2500 plan showing vegetation cover distribution at 2000 and 2012. By WANG Junwen David, 2016.
Section series showing vegetation cover distribution at 2000 and 2012 around Aberdeen Country Park and South Island Line tunnel construction area. By WANG Junwen David, 2016.
Section series showing vegetation cover distribution at 2000 and 2012 around Aberdeen Country Park and South Island Line tunnel construction area. By WANG Junwen David, 2016.
1:2500 model detail. By WANG Junwen David, 2016.
1:2500 model detail. By WANG Junwen David, 2016.
1:2500 model detail. By ZHANG Tongtong Sherly, 2016.
1:2500 model detail. By ZHANG Tongtong Sherly, 2016.
1:2500 model detail. By ZHANG Tongtong Sherly, 2016.
1:2500 model detail. By ZHANG Tongtong Sherly, 2016.
Site sections for Tai Po development sites, Area 9 and Area 10. By ZHANG Tongtong Sherly, 2016.
Site sections for Tai Po development sites, Area 9 and Area 10. By ZHANG Tongtong Sherly, 2016.
1:2500 model detail. By ZHANG Tongtong Sherly, 2016.
1:2500 model detail. By ZHANG Tongtong Sherly, 2016.
1:2500 model. By ZHANG Tongtong Sherly, 2016.
1:2500 model. By ZHANG Tongtong Sherly, 2016.
1:2500 model. By ZHANG Tongtong Sherly, 2016.
1:2500 model. By ZHANG Tongtong Sherly, 2016.
1:2500 model detail. By ZHANG Tongtong Sherly, 2016.
1:2500 model detail. By ZHANG Tongtong Sherly, 2016.
1:2500 model. By ZHANG Tongtong Sherly, 2016.
1:2500 model. By ZHANG Tongtong Sherly, 2016.
1:2500 model. By ZHANG Tongtong Sherly, 2016.
1:2500 model. By ZHANG Tongtong Sherly, 2016.
1:2500 model. By ZHANG Tongtong Sherly, 2016.
1:2500 model. By ZHANG Tongtong Sherly, 2016.
1:500 model. By ZHANG Tongtong Sherly, 2016.
1:500 model. By ZHANG Tongtong Sherly, 2016.
1:500 model. By ZHANG Tongtong Sherly, 2016.
1:500 model. By ZHANG Tongtong Sherly, 2016.
Site drawings for Tai Po Area 9 and Area 10. By ZHANG Tongtong Sherly, 2016.
Site drawings for Tai Po Area 9 and Area 10. By ZHANG Tongtong Sherly, 2016.
1:500 model. By NG Lai Ching Daisy, 2016.
1:500 model. By NG Lai Ching Daisy, 2016.
Shui Hau Penisula mudflat, Lantau Island. By LIN Zhiqi Chloe, 2014.
Shui Hau Penisula mudflat, Lantau Island. By LIN Zhiqi Chloe, 2014.
Zoning and environment of So Lo Pun. By NG Lai Ching Daisy, 2015.
Zoning and environment of So Lo Pun. By NG Lai Ching Daisy, 2015.
Zoning and environment of So Lo Pun. By NG Lai Ching Daisy, 2015.
Zoning and environment of So Lo Pun. By NG Lai Ching Daisy, 2015.
Agricultural land cover change of Lai Chi Wo. By KHOO Ting Fung Natalie, 2015.
Agricultural land cover change of Lai Chi Wo. By KHOO Ting Fung Natalie, 2015.
Tai O salt pans and mangroves. By WANG Junwen David, 2015.
Tai O salt pans and mangroves. By WANG Junwen David, 2015.
By CHUNG Kwan Yu Lillian, 2016.
By CHUNG Kwan Yu Lillian, 2016.
By MAK Sui Hin Jack, 2016.
By MAK Sui Hin Jack, 2016.
By ZOU Wenyao May, 2016.
By ZOU Wenyao May, 2016.
By WONG Oi Ling Ellena, 2016.
By WONG Oi Ling Ellena, 2016.
By WONG Oi Ling Ellena, 2016.
By WONG Oi Ling Ellena, 2016.