Research ‘Land-shaping’

Ongoing research: Utilising natural forces in landscape design

Living Landscapes is developing site-specific interventions that interact with natural processes.
By analysing larger landscapes systems, problems like food protection, draught mitigation, ecological decline or saline seepage are investigated. These will often be resolved by bringing in bulldozers and excavators, but what if acupuncture interventions can also do the job?

Date: September 2018 - ongoing
Project details: Design-by-nature design method

Flow experiments

These model experiments provided insight in influencing factors on landscape formation. In addition to literature research, these physical experiments helped to understand how site specific interventions can accelerate natural forces to shape the landscape.

Flow experiment: obstacles versus wind direction and sedation

Flow experiment: obstacles versus meandering and direction of currents

Flow experiment: obstacles versus channels, plates and sedimentation

Delta Dialogues

I believe that by a better understanding of natural dynamics we can have a better conversation on how the effects of climate change can be addressed. One crucial element I want to bring to the discussion is how we should work together with the forces of nature that will reshape our landscape over time.

Designing development over time

Precise interventions in natural systems can accelerate landscape recovery processes. Nature and biodiversity will benefit from such a design-by-nature approach, because they can gradually adapt to development over time.