Interdisciplinary Lunchtime Seminar

The Monumentality of Linear Landscape

Asia/Hong_KongThe Monumentality of Linear Landscape
    Asia/Hong_KongThe Monumentality of Linear Landscape


      The Monumentality of Linear Landscape


      Dr. Xiaoxuan Lu (Lecturer, Division of Landscape Architecture, The University of Hong Kong)


      October 11, 2016


      12:00 nn – 1:00 pm


      Room 201, 2/F, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong (Map)




      (Tel) (852) 3917-5772


      The concept of the historic Silk Road summons images of dusty caravans and ruddy traders en route to the East and West. It suggests the bridging of civilizations and an early form of transregional economic networking. Today the Silk Road metaphor is being redeployed in reference to emergent energy corridors and burgeoning transportation infrastructures between China and Central Asia. The 1,833 km Turkmenistan­-China Gas Pipeline, completed in 2014, constitutes just one component of China’s $16.3 billion “New Silk Road Strategy.” Though subterranean for most of its journey, the pipeline reveals itself every several hundred kilometers as it runs parallel to the A2 highway in southern Kazakhstan. The A2 traces a fixed line from the Chinese border town of Khorgos, across Kazakhstan until it meets Uzbekistan near the city of Tashkent.

      In this presentation, I will talk about a visual index of this route as part of my research on China’s northwestern frontier/Central Asia, revealing glimpses of this regiona’s past, present, and future. Each image is a gesture, a momentary encounter, a fleeting insight into a landscape scattered with cultural artifacts. The images serve to make visible how the pipeline and the highway, the Soviet legacy and independent Kazakhstan, work together to produce cultural spaces along a linear landscape.