How is urbanization transforming a high mountain territory in China? While heavy urbanization has already happened, how can a landscape informed perspective open for an alternative way of reading and intervening in vulnerable alpine landscapes? Trans-Alpine is a PhD project observing urbanization phenomena and processes in China that is happening in the territories of high mountains and alpine zones, with a transareal vision on referencing other high geographies – the Alps, the Scandinavian mountains, the Andes. Taking Mount Gongga – the highest in the Hengduan mountain ranges as a case, the project makes an in-depth reading on landscape spaces and landscapes of practice along the mountain routes that are affected by heavy urbanization. Furthermore, it suggests a lighter approach by revealing the landscape qualities of the high mountain. The reading and revealing process is done through five travels and walks in Mount Gongga, supported by field research and visual methods, in which photography and cartography play a significant role. The findings around the case of Mount Gongga point to an alternative set of visualization – a lighter approach for intervention in the high mountain. Read »
The cities and landscapes of China is one of the geographical domains of research at the centre.