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
NASA Landsat maps from 1975 and 2012 showing urban expansion into forest and agricultural landscapes at periphery.    Yangon Ecologies 02Yangon Ecologies: Landscape-responsive urban growth models for a region in transition 3Yangon Ecologies 04Yangon Ecologies 05
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