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Landscape architects design novel ecosystems. These dynamic scoiecological environments lack adequate natural analogues, yet pristine, idealized ecosystems are often used as references for projects in these complex sites. The project “Design with dredge” located in Hart-miller Island in Chesapeake Bay, Baltimore is a typical case for novel ecosystem restoration. Through cross-disciplinary collaboration, compound research methods, and direct stakeholder engagement the research provides a lens through which to explore emerging and future landscape infrastructure issues facing novel ecosystems and communities. It also serves as a medium for material investigation and a cooperative paradigm for engaged civic action across different scales and different research methodologies.
Jiali Li is a current Ph.D. student at The University of Hong Kong. She holds an MLA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Jiali’s research interests include the impacts of built environments on human health and well-being, environmental justice and racial disparity, as well as the ecological restoration of novel landscapes. Jiali is also an experienced landscape planner and designer and the winner of national ASLA awards.
Xueming Liu is the lab manager and Ph.D. student of Virtual Reality of Urban Environment and Human Health Laboratory in HKU. She is interested in how the built environment impacts human mental health. She has received professional training in urban planning and landscape architecture design. She has published several articles as a co-author in high-impact SCI journals.