Ashley Scott Kelly

Frameworks, systems design

The South America Project

Collaboration: Ashley Scott Kelly; Mathew Pryor; Adam Bobbette; The South America Project

"Myths" of conservation, such as population and poverty being drivers of deforestation or biodiversity as objectively scientific, frequently decouple the global-regional from the local specifics of place. The Initiative for Integration of Regional Infrastructure, or IIRSA, is a continental multilateral mechanism financing connectively through some of the most remote areas of Latin America. Design here, through its physical and social agency, involves constructing partial perspectives that bridge global conservation (e.g. man-and-the-biosphere reserves) with paradoxes of the highly physical territories of conservation movements and remote agricultural frontiers. Entrenched in the methods and instruments of conservation science, as well as geography and anthropology, this project momentarily problematizes definitions and classifications promulgated by the use of these tools across multiple disciplines and discourses. Through collaboration with three local NGOs, each regionally distinct and of divergent scales, capacities, and structure, the work makes tangible IIRSA's immense, yet indirect, relationship to deforestation and alters our perception of risk and stewardship of nature.

  • Course: Design Analytics: Visualizing nature, regions and discontinuities
    Instructor: Ashley Scott Kelly. Postgraduate 2013-14, 2014-15.
  • Course: The South America Project: Protected areas in the Peruvian Amazon
    Instructors: Ashley Scott Kelly and Adam Bobbette. Postgraduate 2012-13.
  • Paper: Kelly, A. S., & Pryor, M. R. (2013). Governing the road to China: Design, territory and data in the Peruvian Amazon. Landscape Architecture Frontiers, 1(6), 144-154.
  • Speaker: Kelly, A. S. (2014). Design for Conservation. Delivered at Dali University, Yunnan. Hosted by Institute of Eastern Himalaya Biodiversity Research.
  • Exhibition: Kelly, A. S., & Pryor, M. R. (2013). Design for Conservation. Exhibited in South America Project: Works in Progress at the 14th International Buenos Aires Bienal of Architecture.
  • Conference: Kelly, A. S. (2013). Governing the road to China. Paper presented at The South America Project: Projects in Process, Roundtable and Symposium, Buenos Aires.
  • Conference: Kelly, A. S. (2013). Design for conservation: Perception and narration of the ecological crisis in cases from the Peruvian Amazon. Conference Proceedings. Geodesign International Conference: Maximizing Beneficial Impacts, Beijing, China.
Global threatened biodiversity areas categorized by the IUCN, CI and WWF.
Global threatened biodiversity areas categorized by the IUCN, CI and WWF.
photo Guo Feng.
photo Guo Feng.
photo He Haiyi.
photo He Haiyi.
China-Peru timber trade.
China-Peru timber trade.
photo Huang Hao.
photo Huang Hao.
photo Xia Lewei.
photo Xia Lewei.
Global forest carbon projects by project area.
Global forest carbon projects by project area.
photo Zhang Yucong.
photo Zhang Yucong.
Demonstration ground, representation.
Demonstration ground, representation.