Teaching: Engaging development through critical landscape planning

Engaging development through critical landscape planning

Instructor: Ashley Scott Kelly

At The University of Hong Kong

Masters thesis section abstract:

This thesis section has for several years encouraged transdisciplinary landscape planning interventions into China's large-scale eco-environmental programmes (生态立州). With China's Belt and Road Initiative and increasingly diverse processes of going out (走出去), this section welcomes landscape-driven theses in transnational arenas heavily influenced by Chinese development, aid and expertise. Indeed, lessons from China's internal development, such as the long-running Western Development campaign (西部大开发), provide a critical lens for understanding new potentials for Chinese-led projects in ecologically complex frontiers. The global shift during the 1990s to models of "sustainable development" greatly influenced the establishment of China's environmental legislation and national environmental programmes. Such national projects as the Sloping Land Conversion and Natural Forest Protection Programs mold, sometimes with great conflict, to diverse geographies in which those people impacted have a direct attachment to the landscape (see Yeh, 2013). However, these frontiers are typically the domain of multilateral development banks and international environmental NGOs. The design and planning disciplines' involvement is both nascent and subservient (see disciplinary context in Weller, 2014). This thesis section suggests that landscape architecture has potential agency here in the mediation of technical practices (such as impact assessment for highway engineering or scientific prediction of ecosystem services) and practices of sustainability (such as technology transfers and resource governance) as discovered, studied, organized, and disseminated via iterative design methods and scenario-building. Long the arena of geography and anthropology, the landscape architect and planner find disciplinary footing from earlier periods of landscape planning, contemporary landscape urbanism, and emergent technologies and approaches from civil engineering and sustainability sciences (see interdisciplinary project types in Roy Chowdhury, 2013).

All theses in this section share a methodology:
i) Survey the successes and failures of region-specific projects or predecessors, especially their remnant material landscapes;
ii) Identify siloed approaches by political, environmental and social agents;
iii) Appropriate, through transdisciplinary immersion, analytical methods and tools from sustainability sciences;
iv) Employ critical counter-mapping strategies; and
v) Generate designs that synthesize environmental knowledge into landscape-driven scenarios and development narratives.

Student theses:

  • Making an environmental authority: Development, negotiation and the technical production of agricultural land under Hong Kong New Agriculture Policy
    CHONG Yan Suen Ceas
  • Conservation Watch: Nuanced modelling approaches for adaptive management of Hong Kong's conservation landscapes
    SHUM Siu Kei David
  • Momentary solutions and least cost pathways to sustainability on Myanmar's BCIM corridor
    FAN Junyi Roy
  • Justifying Sustainability: Environmental governance and the legitimacy of environmental analysis along the Myanmar-China border
    YUAN Zheyi Zoey
  • An Environmental Rationale: Strategies to reconcile the graduated sovereignty of northern China's eco-modernization programs
    AU YOUNG Chung Yan Samantha
  • Reconstructing Regional Conservation: Development synergies for Angkor's living temples, rural livelihoods and environmental stewardship
    ZHANG Boyang Marina
  • Divergent landscape futures: Resilience scenarios for climate change, dam-building and regional development impacts on the Tonle Sap floodplain
    LU Jingrong Lawrence
  • Bioremediation and Blue Tape: Regulating the uncertainty, assessment and negotiation of coastal development in Hainan
    KWOK Siu Man Mandy
  • Green Belt, Grey Belt? Non-zoned approaches to landscape evaluation and management in Hong Kong
    LI Man Hei, Bernice
  • Fabricating Site: Modelling nuanced scenarios and design responses to China's national environmental programmes
    ZHUANG Zikai
  • The Phylogeography of Environmental Ethics: Regional landscape planning for China's decommissioning zoos
    OU Kaiyun, Ivanka
  • Production Atypical: State agricultural policy and divergent resource management for the coastal plains of Laizhou Bay
    JIN Jiayi, Jason
  • Parallel Development: The Convergence of migration and environmental policy in the deserts of northwest China
    ZHOU Junlong, Juno
  • The Economics of Desertification: Complex land mosaics and replanting the commons of northern China's shelter belts
    DOA Hoi Man, Cathy
  • Scoping Responsibilities: Environmental justice in future energy investment projects of Myanmar
    KAN Shiu Sun, Tom
  • Fragmentation in National Desertification Policy: Environmental management and relocation for eco-refugees, Northwest China
    ZHANG Zihui, Ffion
  • Geographies of Disconnection: Poyang Lake National Nature Reserve
    WANG Tiankui, Cary
  • Large-scale Impact of Eucalyptus on Regional Economic and Environmental Sustainability
    XU Jiayue, YY
  • Erosion in the Loess Plateau: Scales and silos of the Grain to Green Project, 1999-2003
    PENG Rong, Ronnie

  • Teaching award: Excellent Instructor award, 15th National Annual Conference on Architecture and Design Education, for supervising student thesis by Au Young Chung Yan Samantha (Landscape and Planning Design, Silver Award) titled An Environmental Rationale: Strategies to reconcile the graduated sovereignty of northern China's eco-modernization programs (2018). Samantha's thesis was later published as: Au Young, C. Y. (2019). An Environmental Rationale: Strategies to reconcile the graduated sovereignty of northern China's eco-modernization programs. Landscape Architecture Frontiers, 7(1), 138-149.
  • Teaching award: Outstanding Instructor award, 16th Annual Asia Design Awards, for supervising student thesis by Kwok Siu Man (Ecological health and sustainability category, Bronze Award) titled Bioremediation and Blue Tape: Regulating the uncertainty, assessment and negotiation of coastal development in Hainan (2018).
  • Teaching award: Supervised thesis, Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects, Student Award, recognized for supervising thesis by Li Man Hei titled Green Belt, Grey Belt? Non-zoned approaches to landscape evaluation and management in Hong Kong (2018).
  • Teaching award: Outstanding Instructor award, 13th Annual Asia Design Awards, for supervising student thesis by Zhang Zihui (Best Design Project for Landscape Architecture, Silver Award) titled Fragmentation in National Desertification Policy: Environmental management and relocation for eco-refugees (2015).
Green Belt, Grey Belt? Non-zoned approaches to landscape evaluation and management in Hong Kong. By LI Man Hei Bernice, 2016.
Green Belt, Grey Belt? Non-zoned approaches to landscape evaluation and management in Hong Kong. By LI Man Hei Bernice, 2016.
Green Belt, Grey Belt? Non-zoned approaches to landscape evaluation and management in Hong Kong. By LI Man Hei Bernice, 2016.
Green Belt, Grey Belt? Non-zoned approaches to landscape evaluation and management in Hong Kong. By LI Man Hei Bernice, 2016.
Green Belt, Grey Belt? Non-zoned approaches to landscape evaluation and management in Hong Kong. By LI Man Hei Bernice, 2016.
Green Belt, Grey Belt? Non-zoned approaches to landscape evaluation and management in Hong Kong. By LI Man Hei Bernice, 2016.
Green Belt, Grey Belt? Non-zoned approaches to landscape evaluation and management in Hong Kong. By LI Man Hei Bernice, 2016.
Green Belt, Grey Belt? Non-zoned approaches to landscape evaluation and management in Hong Kong. By LI Man Hei Bernice, 2016.
Green Belt, Grey Belt? Non-zoned approaches to landscape evaluation and management in Hong Kong. By LI Man Hei Bernice, 2016.
Green Belt, Grey Belt? Non-zoned approaches to landscape evaluation and management in Hong Kong. By LI Man Hei Bernice, 2016.
Green Belt, Grey Belt? Non-zoned approaches to landscape evaluation and management in Hong Kong. By LI Man Hei Bernice, 2016.
Green Belt, Grey Belt? Non-zoned approaches to landscape evaluation and management in Hong Kong. By LI Man Hei Bernice, 2016.
Green Belt, Grey Belt? Non-zoned approaches to landscape evaluation and management in Hong Kong. By LI Man Hei Bernice, 2016.
Green Belt, Grey Belt? Non-zoned approaches to landscape evaluation and management in Hong Kong. By LI Man Hei Bernice, 2016.
Green Belt, Grey Belt? Non-zoned approaches to landscape evaluation and management in Hong Kong. By LI Man Hei Bernice, 2016.
Green Belt, Grey Belt? Non-zoned approaches to landscape evaluation and management in Hong Kong. By LI Man Hei Bernice, 2016.
Green Belt, Grey Belt? Non-zoned approaches to landscape evaluation and management in Hong Kong. By LI Man Hei Bernice, 2016.
Green Belt, Grey Belt? Non-zoned approaches to landscape evaluation and management in Hong Kong. By LI Man Hei Bernice, 2016.
An Environmental Rationale: Strategies to reconcile the graduated sovereignty of northern China's eco-modernization programs. By AU YOUNG Chung Yan Samantha, 2018.
An Environmental Rationale: Strategies to reconcile the graduated sovereignty of northern China's eco-modernization programs. By AU YOUNG Chung Yan Samantha, 2018.
An Environmental Rationale: Strategies to reconcile the graduated sovereignty of northern China's eco-modernization programs. By AU YOUNG Chung Yan Samantha, 2018.
An Environmental Rationale: Strategies to reconcile the graduated sovereignty of northern China's eco-modernization programs. By AU YOUNG Chung Yan Samantha, 2018.
An Environmental Rationale: Strategies to reconcile the graduated sovereignty of northern China's eco-modernization programs. By AU YOUNG Chung Yan Samantha, 2018.
An Environmental Rationale: Strategies to reconcile the graduated sovereignty of northern China's eco-modernization programs. By AU YOUNG Chung Yan Samantha, 2018.
An Environmental Rationale: Strategies to reconcile the graduated sovereignty of northern China's eco-modernization programs. By AU YOUNG Chung Yan Samantha, 2018.
An Environmental Rationale: Strategies to reconcile the graduated sovereignty of northern China's eco-modernization programs. By AU YOUNG Chung Yan Samantha, 2018.
An Environmental Rationale: Strategies to reconcile the graduated sovereignty of northern China's eco-modernization programs. By AU YOUNG Chung Yan Samantha, 2018.
An Environmental Rationale: Strategies to reconcile the graduated sovereignty of northern China's eco-modernization programs. By AU YOUNG Chung Yan Samantha, 2018.
Making an environmental authority: Development, negotiation and the technical production of agricultural land under Hong Kong New Agriculture Policy. By CHONG Yan Suen Ceas, 2019.
Making an environmental authority: Development, negotiation and the technical production of agricultural land under Hong Kong New Agriculture Policy. By CHONG Yan Suen Ceas, 2019.
Making an environmental authority: Development, negotiation and the technical production of agricultural land under Hong Kong New Agriculture Policy. By CHONG Yan Suen Ceas, 2019.
Making an environmental authority: Development, negotiation and the technical production of agricultural land under Hong Kong New Agriculture Policy. By CHONG Yan Suen Ceas, 2019.
Making an environmental authority: Development, negotiation and the technical production of agricultural land under Hong Kong New Agriculture Policy. By CHONG Yan Suen Ceas, 2019.
Making an environmental authority: Development, negotiation and the technical production of agricultural land under Hong Kong New Agriculture Policy. By CHONG Yan Suen Ceas, 2019.
Making an environmental authority: Development, negotiation and the technical production of agricultural land under Hong Kong New Agriculture Policy. By CHONG Yan Suen Ceas, 2019.
Making an environmental authority: Development, negotiation and the technical production of agricultural land under Hong Kong New Agriculture Policy. By CHONG Yan Suen Ceas, 2019.
Making an environmental authority: Development, negotiation and the technical production of agricultural land under Hong Kong New Agriculture Policy. By CHONG Yan Suen Ceas, 2019.
Making an environmental authority: Development, negotiation and the technical production of agricultural land under Hong Kong New Agriculture Policy. By CHONG Yan Suen Ceas, 2019.
Production Atypical: State agricultural policy and divergent resource management for the coastal plains of Laizhou Bay. By JIN Jiayi Jason, 2015.
Production Atypical: State agricultural policy and divergent resource management for the coastal plains of Laizhou Bay. By JIN Jiayi Jason, 2015.
Production Atypical: State agricultural policy and divergent resource management for the coastal plains of Laizhou Bay. By JIN Jiayi Jason, 2015.
Production Atypical: State agricultural policy and divergent resource management for the coastal plains of Laizhou Bay. By JIN Jiayi Jason, 2015.
Production Atypical: State agricultural policy and divergent resource management for the coastal plains of Laizhou Bay. By JIN Jiayi Jason, 2015.
Production Atypical: State agricultural policy and divergent resource management for the coastal plains of Laizhou Bay. By JIN Jiayi Jason, 2015.
Production Atypical: State agricultural policy and divergent resource management for the coastal plains of Laizhou Bay. By JIN Jiayi Jason, 2015.
Production Atypical: State agricultural policy and divergent resource management for the coastal plains of Laizhou Bay. By JIN Jiayi Jason, 2015.
Production Atypical: State agricultural policy and divergent resource management for the coastal plains of Laizhou Bay. By JIN Jiayi Jason, 2015.
Production Atypical: State agricultural policy and divergent resource management for the coastal plains of Laizhou Bay. By JIN Jiayi Jason, 2015.
Fragmentation in National Desertification Policy: Environmental management and relocation for eco-refugees, Northwest China. By ZHANG Zihui Ffion, 2014.
Fragmentation in National Desertification Policy: Environmental management and relocation for eco-refugees, Northwest China. By ZHANG Zihui Ffion, 2014.
Fragmentation in National Desertification Policy: Environmental management and relocation for eco-refugees, Northwest China. By ZHANG Zihui Ffion, 2014.
Fragmentation in National Desertification Policy: Environmental management and relocation for eco-refugees, Northwest China. By ZHANG Zihui Ffion, 2014.
Fragmentation in National Desertification Policy: Environmental management and relocation for eco-refugees, Northwest China. By ZHANG Zihui Ffion, 2014.
Fragmentation in National Desertification Policy: Environmental management and relocation for eco-refugees, Northwest China. By ZHANG Zihui Ffion, 2014.
Fragmentation in National Desertification Policy: Environmental management and relocation for eco-refugees, Northwest China. By ZHANG Zihui Ffion, 2014.
Fragmentation in National Desertification Policy: Environmental management and relocation for eco-refugees, Northwest China. By ZHANG Zihui Ffion, 2014.
Fragmentation in National Desertification Policy: Environmental management and relocation for eco-refugees, Northwest China. By ZHANG Zihui Ffion, 2014.
Fragmentation in National Desertification Policy: Environmental management and relocation for eco-refugees, Northwest China. By ZHANG Zihui Ffion, 2014.
Fragmentation in National Desertification Policy: Environmental management and relocation for eco-refugees, Northwest China. By ZHANG Zihui Ffion, 2014.
Fragmentation in National Desertification Policy: Environmental management and relocation for eco-refugees, Northwest China. By ZHANG Zihui Ffion, 2014.
Fragmentation in National Desertification Policy: Environmental management and relocation for eco-refugees, Northwest China. By ZHANG Zihui Ffion, 2014.
Fragmentation in National Desertification Policy: Environmental management and relocation for eco-refugees, Northwest China. By ZHANG Zihui Ffion, 2014.
Geographies of Disconnection: Poyang Lake National Nature Reserve. By WANG Tiankui Cary, 2014.
Geographies of Disconnection: Poyang Lake National Nature Reserve. By WANG Tiankui Cary, 2014.
Geographies of Disconnection: Poyang Lake National Nature Reserve. By WANG Tiankui Cary, 2014.
Geographies of Disconnection: Poyang Lake National Nature Reserve. By WANG Tiankui Cary, 2014.
Geographies of Disconnection: Poyang Lake National Nature Reserve. By WANG Tiankui Cary, 2014.
Geographies of Disconnection: Poyang Lake National Nature Reserve. By WANG Tiankui Cary, 2014.
Geographies of Disconnection: Poyang Lake National Nature Reserve. By WANG Tiankui Cary, 2014.
Geographies of Disconnection: Poyang Lake National Nature Reserve. By WANG Tiankui Cary, 2014.
Erosion in the Loess Plateau: Scales and silos of the Grain to Green Project, 1999-2003. By PENG Rong Ronnie, 2013.
Erosion in the Loess Plateau: Scales and silos of the Grain to Green Project, 1999-2003. By PENG Rong Ronnie, 2013.
Erosion in the Loess Plateau: Scales and silos of the Grain to Green Project, 1999-2003. By PENG Rong Ronnie, 2013.
Erosion in the Loess Plateau: Scales and silos of the Grain to Green Project, 1999-2003. By PENG Rong Ronnie, 2013.
Scoping Responsibilities: Environmental justice in future energy investment projects of Myanmar. By KAN Shiu Sun Tom, 2015.
Scoping Responsibilities: Environmental justice in future energy investment projects of Myanmar. By KAN Shiu Sun Tom, 2015.
Parallel Development: The Convergence of migration and environmental policy in the deserts of northwest China. By ZHOU Junlong Juno, 2015.
Parallel Development: The Convergence of migration and environmental policy in the deserts of northwest China. By ZHOU Junlong Juno, 2015.
Parallel Development: The Convergence of migration and environmental policy in the deserts of northwest China. By ZHOU Junlong Juno, 2015.
Parallel Development: The Convergence of migration and environmental policy in the deserts of northwest China. By ZHOU Junlong Juno, 2015.
Parallel Development: The Convergence of migration and environmental policy in the deserts of northwest China. By ZHOU Junlong Juno, 2015.
Parallel Development: The Convergence of migration and environmental policy in the deserts of northwest China. By ZHOU Junlong Juno, 2015.
Parallel Development: The Convergence of migration and environmental policy in the deserts of northwest China. By ZHOU Junlong Juno, 2015.
Parallel Development: The Convergence of migration and environmental policy in the deserts of northwest China. By ZHOU Junlong Juno, 2015.
Fabricating Site: Modelling nuanced scenarios and design responses to China's national environmental programmes. By ZHUANG Zikai, 2016.
Fabricating Site: Modelling nuanced scenarios and design responses to China's national environmental programmes. By ZHUANG Zikai, 2016.
Fabricating Site: Modelling nuanced scenarios and design responses to China's national environmental programmes. By ZHUANG Zikai, 2016.
Fabricating Site: Modelling nuanced scenarios and design responses to China's national environmental programmes. By ZHUANG Zikai, 2016.
Fabricating Site: Modelling nuanced scenarios and design responses to China's national environmental programmes. By ZHUANG Zikai, 2016.
Fabricating Site: Modelling nuanced scenarios and design responses to China's national environmental programmes. By ZHUANG Zikai, 2016.
Fabricating Site: Modelling nuanced scenarios and design responses to China's national environmental programmes. By ZHUANG Zikai, 2016.
Fabricating Site: Modelling nuanced scenarios and design responses to China's national environmental programmes. By ZHUANG Zikai, 2016.
The Phylogeography of Environmental Ethics: Regional landscape planning for China's decommissioning zoos. By OU Kaiyun Ivanka, 2016.
The Phylogeography of Environmental Ethics: Regional landscape planning for China's decommissioning zoos. By OU Kaiyun Ivanka, 2016.
The Phylogeography of Environmental Ethics: Regional landscape planning for China's decommissioning zoos. By OU Kaiyun Ivanka, 2016.
The Phylogeography of Environmental Ethics: Regional landscape planning for China's decommissioning zoos. By OU Kaiyun Ivanka, 2016.
The Phylogeography of Environmental Ethics: Regional landscape planning for China's decommissioning zoos. By OU Kaiyun Ivanka, 2016.
The Phylogeography of Environmental Ethics: Regional landscape planning for China's decommissioning zoos. By OU Kaiyun Ivanka, 2016.
Bioremediation and Blue Tape: Regulating the uncertainty, assessment and negotiation of coastal development in Hainan. By KWOK Siu Man Mandy, 2018.
Bioremediation and Blue Tape: Regulating the uncertainty, assessment and negotiation of coastal development in Hainan. By KWOK Siu Man Mandy, 2018.
Bioremediation and Blue Tape: Regulating the uncertainty, assessment and negotiation of coastal development in Hainan. By KWOK Siu Man Mandy, 2018.
Bioremediation and Blue Tape: Regulating the uncertainty, assessment and negotiation of coastal development in Hainan. By KWOK Siu Man Mandy, 2018.
Bioremediation and Blue Tape: Regulating the uncertainty, assessment and negotiation of coastal development in Hainan. By KWOK Siu Man Mandy, 2018.
Bioremediation and Blue Tape: Regulating the uncertainty, assessment and negotiation of coastal development in Hainan. By KWOK Siu Man Mandy, 2018.
Divergent landscape futures: Resilience scenarios for climate change, dam-building and regional development impacts on the Tonle Sap floodplain. By LU Jingrong Lawrence, 2018.
Divergent landscape futures: Resilience scenarios for climate change, dam-building and regional development impacts on the Tonle Sap floodplain. By LU Jingrong Lawrence, 2018.
Divergent landscape futures: Resilience scenarios for climate change, dam-building and regional development impacts on the Tonle Sap floodplain. By LU Jingrong Lawrence, 2018.
Divergent landscape futures: Resilience scenarios for climate change, dam-building and regional development impacts on the Tonle Sap floodplain. By LU Jingrong Lawrence, 2018.
Divergent landscape futures: Resilience scenarios for climate change, dam-building and regional development impacts on the Tonle Sap floodplain. By LU Jingrong Lawrence, 2018.
Divergent landscape futures: Resilience scenarios for climate change, dam-building and regional development impacts on the Tonle Sap floodplain. By LU Jingrong Lawrence, 2018.
Reconstructing Regional Conservation: Development synergies for Angkor's living temples, rural livelihoods and environmental stewardship. By ZHANG Boyang Marina, 2018.
Reconstructing Regional Conservation: Development synergies for Angkor's living temples, rural livelihoods and environmental stewardship. By ZHANG Boyang Marina, 2018.
Reconstructing Regional Conservation: Development synergies for Angkor's living temples, rural livelihoods and environmental stewardship. By ZHANG Boyang Marina, 2018.
Reconstructing Regional Conservation: Development synergies for Angkor's living temples, rural livelihoods and environmental stewardship. By ZHANG Boyang Marina, 2018.
Justifying Sustainability: Environmental governance and the legitimacy of environmental analysis along the Myanmar-China border. By YUAN Zheyi Zoey, 2019.
Justifying Sustainability: Environmental governance and the legitimacy of environmental analysis along the Myanmar-China border. By YUAN Zheyi Zoey, 2019.
Justifying Sustainability: Environmental governance and the legitimacy of environmental analysis along the Myanmar-China border. By YUAN Zheyi Zoey, 2019.
Justifying Sustainability: Environmental governance and the legitimacy of environmental analysis along the Myanmar-China border. By YUAN Zheyi Zoey, 2019.
Justifying Sustainability: Environmental governance and the legitimacy of environmental analysis along the Myanmar-China border. By YUAN Zheyi Zoey, 2019.
Justifying Sustainability: Environmental governance and the legitimacy of environmental analysis along the Myanmar-China border. By YUAN Zheyi Zoey, 2019.
Conservation Watch: Nuanced modelling approaches for adaptive management of Hong Kong's conservation landscapes. By SHUM Siu Kei David, 2019.
Conservation Watch: Nuanced modelling approaches for adaptive management of Hong Kong's conservation landscapes. By SHUM Siu Kei David, 2019.
Conservation Watch: Nuanced modelling approaches for adaptive management of Hong Kong's conservation landscapes. By SHUM Siu Kei David, 2019.
Conservation Watch: Nuanced modelling approaches for adaptive management of Hong Kong's conservation landscapes. By SHUM Siu Kei David, 2019.
Conservation Watch: Nuanced modelling approaches for adaptive management of Hong Kong's conservation landscapes. By SHUM Siu Kei David, 2019.
Conservation Watch: Nuanced modelling approaches for adaptive management of Hong Kong's conservation landscapes. By SHUM Siu Kei David, 2019.
Conservation Watch: Nuanced modelling approaches for adaptive management of Hong Kong's conservation landscapes. By SHUM Siu Kei David, 2019.
Conservation Watch: Nuanced modelling approaches for adaptive management of Hong Kong's conservation landscapes. By SHUM Siu Kei David, 2019.