Yangon Ecologies: Landscape-responsive urban growth models for a region in transition


Research Centre: Sustainable High Density Cities lab
Active Dates: January 2014 – 2019

Project title: Yangon Ecologies: Landscape-responsive urban growth models for a region in transition.

Project team: Scott Jennings Melbourne (Co-PI), Ivan Valin (Co-PI).

Project funder: UGC General Research Fund, HKU URC Seed Funding for Basic Research, DLA.

Abstract:

What are current ecological conditions in greater Yangon, and how might these systems be structured in a framework that helps guide a sustainable future for that city’s urban growth? This study identifies critical landscape systems within Yangon’s peri-urban region that are in the process of undergoing significant urban change. By initiating a hitherto non-existent dataset of the city’s ecological potential, this research initiative is structured to function as a first step toward advancing novel methodologies for assessing environmental conditions in areas of rapid change, generally, and more specific to Yangon, informing policy and decision making to facilitate a sustainable transformation of the city.

Anticipated outcomes and outputs: 2-3 papers in high impact factor journals, in addition to a comprehensive GIS-based landscape model.

Output:

  • Melbourne, SJ (2015). “Urban Transitions: Streetscape as Expression of Change in Yangon, Myanmar,” International Conference on Burma/Myanmar Studies, Chiang Mai University.
  • Melbourne SJ, Valin V (2014). “A Pedagogy of Engagement: Studio Yangon and the Role of Design Education in Dynamic Regions,” Burma/Myanmar Research Forum, Cornell University.
  • Christ MC, Melbourne SJ, Valin V (2014). “Potential Futures: The Changing Cultural Landscape of Yangon‟s Waterfront,” ACLA Asian Cultural Landscape Association, Seoul National University.
  • Valin, I (2014) “Meaning and Message in Yangon’s Parks,” International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments: Whose Tradition? Conference, Kuala Lumpur.
  • Valin, I (2014) “Yangon’s Green: Evolving Visions for a Tropical City’s Urban Parks,” International Burma Studies Conference, Institute for Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), National University of Sing
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UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
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