Living Landscapes is an art and landscape architecture practice that focuses on self-generating, sustainable, and biodiverse environments.

The practise works on climate adaptive landscapes, strategic planning, and interventions in public space.


Selected for Jan van Eyck Academy ’23 – ’24

Mirte is selected to participate in the Jan van Eyck Academy program. Together with 30 other residents she will take part in je academy’s program and make use of the opportunity to create new work and elaborate on the core of her practice for 11 months in Maastricht, starting the first of november 2023.

Immersive Creatures is part of the group show Through Bone and Marrow, Brutus Rotterdam

In ‘Through Bone and Marrow’ nearly 20 (international) artists present new, alternative connections between mankind, nature and technology. They go beyond existing contradictions between organic and inorganic, plant and animal, living and dead. This is led by a new aesthetic that offers space for discomfort, imperfection and the beauty of decay. ‘Through Bone and Marrow’ is a subtle wake-up call. We threaten to destroy the planet, but we may lose ourselves, our humanity, well before then. Curator Maarten Spruyt: “Art can put the finger on the sore spot, and give an insight.” Picture: Diana PutavetLocation: Brutus RotterdamDates: April 2 till

New Work – Immersive Creatures

From August till October Mirte developed a series of sculptures at EKWC (Europees Keramisch Werk Centrum). The sculptures are supposed to embed themselves in the landscape over time. The work promotes a new way of coexistence for different species. Go to the projectpage to learn more about this work.



Planet Texel

The island of Texel wanted to move towards a more sustainable future. A unique challenge as Texel combines all the different Dutch landscape qualities.

Sailing Ecology - Good Hotel

Biodiversity experiment, where native planting becomes exotic, by sailing the world, acclimatising to different destinations.


OpportuniTEA is a plan to transform a plot of agricultural land into a tea forest. A new type of agricultural crop that can be well embedded into the mosaic-landscape of Brabant.

Haringvliet - Underwater forest

In this former estuary new impulses are created to improve the water quality, its marine life and the recreational facilities. The Underwater Forest taps into these developments.

Rhine river - Flowing Force

At this location the Rhine river enters the Netherlands. Here an old river basin shows traces of its original DNA. An opportunity to distill guidelines for more climate adaptive landscape development.

Thriving Forests

Many forest are struggling to survive. Climate change, fragmentation and replant projects leave not enough time and space for forests to thrive. Thriving Forests shows a strategy how we can turn our patches of trees into wholesome forests of the future.

Research Dead Wood Alive

Dead wood fulfils an important role in an ecosystem. The process of decay forms the fundaments of the forest food pyramide. This research is nourished by a site in the Netherlands with dead Picea Abis.

Courtesy to Mud

This project takes a look into the dredging industry. It researches the dredging industry to see how dredging sludge can be turned into a resource instead of being a waste product.

Amsterdam centre - Garden for 100 species

This design creates a piece of nature within the urban tissue of Amsterdam. A rooftop garden which promotes communal living amongst different species, humans and non-humans alike.

Cake For Biodiversity

this customised log provides a habitat for hundred different organisms. 99 of these species can find food or shelter inside or on the tree trunk. The hundredth species, humankind, is given a layer of its own on top of the wood.

Eemsdollard - Retract replete

Eastern Groningen is a region that faces different challenges both on land and underwater, caused by gas mining and harbour activities. The challenges aren't easy to solve, but it does fuel interesting innovations.

MiddenWaal - Room for Living Rivers

In this bend the river Waal and river Meuse nearly congregate, with sandy shores and extensive routing along the dikes, a perfect location for a Living-River pilot by WWF.

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