The social and ecological heritage of street trees in Yangon

Department: Landscape Architecture
Active Dates: October 2015 - October 2016

Project Title: The social and ecological heritage of street trees in Yangon

Project Team:
Ivan VALIN, PI
‘Olive’ Aye Thida Naing, RA (Yangon)
Ko Min Zaw, RA (Yangon)
XIAO Han, RA
Sandra CHAN, RA

Project Funding: UGC-GRF

Abstract:

This project builds a detailed survey of the existing street tree population in the extended colonial center of Yangon. The study of more than 5,000 trees provides interpretations on the variations of urban street tree coverage, diversity, and health as they relate to climate, historical social practices and urban management regimes. Findings show a significant change in the tree species profile and planting strategies as a result of recent projects to add parking capacity in the downtown area. The project hopes to complement existing discourses on urban conservation in Yangon by focusing on the street tree as a vital component in the public-realm ‘heritage’.  The project importantly engages local residents and members of the city planning and parks departments in the survey and inspection of the urban forest. The survey is intended to be passed on to government agencies for their use in creating holistic tree planting plans and in forecasting maintenance needs.

Anticipated Outcomes:

  • Full and unique street-tree survey/assessment dataset for downtown area
  • 1 paper in international journal of urban arboriculture
  • 1 illustrated essay in international landscape/urban design journal
  • 1 community-based tree-heritage KE project in Yangon

 

 

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UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE