Ashley Scott Kelly

Frameworks, systems design

The South America Project
Narrating the ecological crisis in cases from the Peruvian Amazon (2011-14)

With the University of Hong Kong.

"Myths" of conservation discourse (population and poverty as drivers of deforestation, biodiversity as merely scientific, etc.) frequently decouple the global-regional from the local specifics of place. Design here, through its physical and social agency, involves the visions for five unique environmental interpretation centres and demonstration grounds, each 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 of the Peruvian Amazon. Deeply entrenched in the methods and instruments of conservation science, as well as geography and anthropology, the project argues to momentarily problematize 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 aims to make tangible IIRSA's immense, yet indirect, relationship to deforestation and alter our perception of risk and stewardship of (a distant) nature.
www.designforconservation.org

Exhibited: 14th Annual Buenos Aires Architecture Bienal

Presented: ESRI Geodesign Conference, Peking University; and
Projects in Process Symposium at the 14th Annual Buenos Aires Architecture Bienal

Published: Landscape Architecture Frontiers, volume 1, issue 6

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