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 China, Myanmar, South and Southeast Asia, and Latin America. I have coordinated the thesis in landscape architecture at The University of Hong Kong for three years.

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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's 2013 Belt and Road Initiati...

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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 Conservation Hong Kong". The ...

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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. His talk, "Infrastructure, I...

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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 www.designforconservation.org/news/design-on-road-burma-final-review Posted by: Ashley Scott Kelly (Design for Conservation) ...

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Final review for Design on the Road to Burma 2017.
Final review for Design on the Road to Burma 2017.
HKU Students Return to Southern Myanmar
Date posted: 14 March 2017

For the third year, final-term undergraduate students from the University of Hong Kong, led by Ashley Scott Kelly and assisted by Maxime Decaudin, travelled overland from Thailand to Myanmar to study regional development and conservation impacts in Myanmar's Tanintharyi Region. Preceding the trip, the students spent 6 weeks producing a 120-page research report that combined detailed timelines on investment and conservation, regional case studies, and site-specific studies on landscape processe...

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Dawei-Phunamron Road Link access road. Photo Ashley Scott Kelly.
Dawei-Phunamron Road Link access road. Photo Ashley Scott Kelly.
Automated Monitoring of Illegal Wildlife Trade in Hong Kong
Date posted: 01 February 2017

Illegal Wildlife Trade in Hong Kong, Automated notification of potential cases in the judiciary To help efforts limiting or banning the trade in endangered species, Design for Conservation is hosting an automated notification system that searches Hong Kong's daily court listings for potential wildlife crime related offenses. Hong Kong's Customs and Excise Department reports a recent increase in the market value of illegal wildlife seizures in Hong Kong totalling HK$ 117 million for the five-ye...

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Hong Kong Trade in Endangered Species 2015.
Hong Kong Trade in Endangered Species 2015.
Studio Nepal: Designing nature, standards, and discontinuities in the Himalayas
Date posted: 07 December 2016

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) P...

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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.
Hong Kong Brownfield Study, WWF
Date posted: 01 December 2016

WWF Hong Kong released a study today showing a 90% increase in brownfield applications over the last 15 years. Hong Kong's planning strategy should consider the practicality, and in many cases legality, of retaining current uses, especially given recent conversions for residential development of Green Belt and areas of potential environmental value. WWF's report illustrates that 78% of brownfield sites occupy land outside "Open Storage" zones and are in many cases inconsistent with surrounding...

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WWF Hong Kong Brownfield Study.
WWF Hong Kong Brownfield Study.