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.

Second phase of ‘Prachtige Productielandschappen’

Deltascapes (Anne Nieuwenhuijs), Living Landscapes (Mirte van Laarhoven) and NETICS (Eldert Besseling, Ewoud Volbeda) are selected for the start-up phase of Prachtige Productielandschappen, a program launched by Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie. During the coming months we will dive deeper in the material and work hands-on in a Lab. The aim is to use this as input for a sedimentation garden that exposes the qualities of dredging silt. 

Dead Wood Alive on show at Stimuleringsfonds

During the 10 year anniversary party Dead Wood Alive was presented. This is an installation investigating wood-related ecosystems. Next to the installation Mirte van Laarhoven gave a talk about the talent development program and what it brought her and her practice. The opportunity to set a new course, investigate in knowledge and design and collaborate with inspiring partners.  Picture: Aad Hoogendoorn

Dead Wood Alive on show at STAD=NATUUR

STAD=NATUUR is an exhibition organised by Kunstloc Brabant about climate adaptation, sharing limited space in cities and finding a new balance between humans, flora, fauna, soil and water in the city. The installation Dead Wood Alive made a contribution to this discussion, by providing a new way of coexistence for different forms of life – including the human being. Picture: Joris Buijs

Next phase of ‘Zandkasteel’ rooftop design started

The former ING-bank headquarters designed by Alberts & van Huut will be transformed from mono functional offices into a mixed use building. This requires a set of new functions implemented in the existing plan. Together with LOLA landscape architects Living Landscapes will work on the follop up of the design of the new and existing gardens.  These gardens which will be designed as ‘sand gardens’ with a rich ecology, a broad range of customised functions and an art-concept implemented over multiple layers of the building.

Habitatelement on show at Droog Design Gallery

Habitatelement ‘A Cake For Biodiversity’ will be on show at Droog Design Amsterdam from September 24th till January 12th. This work, created at Sundaymorning@ekwc, proclaims new ways for humans to become part of the natural world and creates understanding about the life of small species. The design is part of the exhibition The World As We Don’t Know It, A New Bond Between Human And Earth Curated by Renny Ramakers.    

Living Landscapes selected for Young Innovators program

Living Landscapes is selected for the Young Innovators Program of the board of government advisors (atelier Rijksbouwmeesters). We will work on a strategy for 1000 ha of new forest for the province of South Holland.  

Team ‘Silt Landscapes’ selected for Prachtige Productielandschappen

Deltascapes (Anne Nieuwenhuijs), Living Landscapes (Mirte van Laarhoven) and NETICS (Eldert Besseling, Ewoud Volbeda) are selected for the start-up phase of Prachtige Productielandschappen, a program launched by Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie. During the coming months we will develop a plan on the different opportunities of dredge, for delta landscapes in transition.  

Resident at Sundaymorning@ekwc

From April till June Mirte van Laarhoven will be part of the Sundaymorning@ekwc residency program. She will develop a series of habitat elements. Functional sculptures to live in or on. These elements will consist out of tree trunks with a ceramic topping.  

Talent development video portrait

    Short video portrait about my work, as part of the talent development program by Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie. ‘I suggest small interventions which influence systems on a large scale. Those small interventions not only make the landscape more accessible for human visits, but also stimulate biodiversity.’  

Book on Bio Inspired Innovation

Yesterday the book Zo kan het ook, by Jaco Appelman, Mireille Langendijk and Anoek van der Leest is launched. A positive story about how we can align our systems better with our planet, by taking natures examples as an inspiration. Click to read Living Landscapes contribution to the publication.  

Frozen Forest finalist in Biesbosch competition

The project ‘Frozen Forest’ is selected for the final competition phase. Coming weeks we will bring our design for a Biesbosch inspired installation a step further, as part of the Baanhoekweg Art competition in Dordrecht. Frozen Forest is a collaboration between Living Landscapes and Bruno Vermeersch.

Underwater Forest in Het Financieele Dagblad

What will the Netherlands look like in 100 years? Climate change, a rising sea level and more water coming down our rivers force us to continuously implement more innovative ways to deal with water. This graphic article shares different examples of projects that are already shaping the resilient future of the Nederlands. Article by Jorris Verboon, assigned by newspaper FD

Groene Regenpijp selected for second phase

The project ‘Groene Regenpijp’ is selected for the second phase of the stipendia program ‘Fresh Perspectives‘ of the Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie. This product will function as a climate adaptive rainwater solution on urban facades.

Talent Development Grant

Living Landscapes received a talent development grand from Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie. During a year to come Mirte will continue her work on a ‘land-shaping’ design method. 

Research Young designers and professional experience

A research commissioned by the board of government advisors, carried out by Architectuur Lokaal, knowledge centre in the building sector. Mirte van Laarhoven was interviewed to share her experience, together with eight other up and coming (landscape)architects. “In four years I was able to give specific directions to my preferred field of work by the combination of work and study.”

Haringvliet of the future

Underwater Forest on show in the tv series Stroom. This episode of Stroom, produced by RTV Rijnmond, reports on the near future of the Haringvliet. This includes a new man made island an an Underwater forest.