Related Staff : Matthew Pryor
Students: HUANG Xiaochun Kara; LI Hao Karen; LI Wenjun Nicole; RAN Limin Mia
Urban forestry – strategic planning, enhancement and management of trees and vegetation around urban and peri-urban communities, to improve the urban environment (clean the air and water, cool the city, reduce storm water runoff, etc.) and promote their physiological, sociological, economic, and aesthetic benefits. (e.g. improve social interaction; promote walkability and create sense of place / identity, etc.). As density of urban form increases, so does both the value, and the challenge of sustaining, urban greenery. Landscape architects need to look beyond the tree and understand urban forestry as an essential urban infrastructure. This area of research study include topics such as: Forms of urban greenery, and the values and meanings associated with it Urban greenery – methods of measurement Planning and designing for urban greenery and its management Urban ecology and the sustainability of the city Remnant nature in the city Urban forests Street trees Urban farming Skyrise / vertical greening Impact / benefits of greenery on urban communities.
Student theses this year included:
“Socio-Eco Infrastructure for Rural Urbanization” by HUANG Xiaochun Kara;
“Public Spaces for ‘Aging in Place'” by LI Hao Karen;
“Urban Renewal Reinterpretation: Sustaining Diversity of Public Life through revitalising open space in Tung Wah District ” by LI Wenjun Nicole; and
“Community Productive Gardening in Guangzhou: Perceiving people’s desire for informal farming” by RAN Limin Mia.