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Studio Laos: Strategic Landscape Planning for the Greater Mekong

Landscape Design Studio 5 (2018-19)

Related Staff : Ashley Kelly, Xiaoxuan Lu


Strategic Landscape Planning for the Greater Mekong builds on six years of design-based experiential learning across mainland Southeast Asia by the Division of Landscape Architecture. This year, focusing on the regional impacts of China’s Belt and Road Initiative in northern Laos, students spend one term engaging issues of development vis-à-vis landscape architecture to define problems and produce innovative planning proposals. Before visiting Laos in early March, students reviewed literature on Laos’s major drivers of landscape change, including land reallocation polices, protected area development, watershed planning, drug eradication, illegal timber trade, and artisanal and corporate mining practices. Students synthesized these issues through maps and diagrams and distributed them as a 150-page report to organizations met in Laos. In addition to visiting several conservation management projects, students presented their work to the landscape ecology lab at Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden in Yunnan and civil society in Laos, including representatives from domestic NGOs, bilateral aid agencies and embassies from Germany, Switzerland, and the United States, as well as international organizations, including OXFAM and the UN-FAO. For their strategies, students developed proposals for a range of sites and issues, including: Chinese development enclaves at Vientiane, Luang Prabang, and the China-Laos border; Remediation potential of Chinese contract farming; China-led transboundary forest research plots and community forest initiatives; Ethno-botanical knowledge at Xishuangbanna, Laos’s newly opened botanical garden in Luang Prabang, and civil society learning centers; Resilience of China-Laos Railway temporary access roads; and Materials sourcing in large infrastructure and development enclave construction.

Curating Rural Connectivity: Strategic maintenance of the temporary access roads of the China-Laos Railway. By LAM Hoi Lok Heather.Curating Rural Connectivity: Strategic maintenance of the temporary access roads of the China-Laos Railway. By LAM Hoi Lok Heather.Organic or Ecological: Redeveloping agriculture in Vientiane's rural-urban transformation. By CHAU Li Yin Sabrina.Low-labour Landscapes: An Agricultural response to short-term construction employment on the China-Laos Railway. By CHEANG Brian.Low-labour Landscapes: An Agricultural response to short-term construction employment on the China-Laos Railway. By CHEANG Brian.Low-labour Landscapes: An Agricultural response to short-term construction employment on the China-Laos Railway. By CHEANG Brian.Landscape Knowledge: Challenging Invasive Science: Pluralizing conservation metrics in China-Laos knowledge flows. By TANG Chun Wah Richard.Local Habitat, Transnational Trade: Conservation awareness-building under increasing tourism and illegal wildlife trafficking in the Golden Triangle. By TONG Siyu Yuki.Local Habitat, Transnational Trade: Conservation awareness-building under increasing tourism and illegal wildlife trafficking in the Golden Triangle. By TONG Siyu Yuki.
UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE