New research into a 21st century sublime relevant to environmental and landscape design

Historisch gezien is het idee van het sublieme vaak geassocieerd met grootse en verbazingwekkende natuur. Dit promotieonderzoek baant zich een weg naar een 21e eeuws idee van het sublieme, waarbij meer dissonante fenomenen een plek krijgen zoals verstoring van ecosystemen en klimaatverandering. Het onderwerp van het sublieme staat nog steeds symbool voor een zekere onmacht wanneer men wordt geconfronteerd met ‘negatieve’ esthetische ervaringen. Landschapsontwerpen zouden in dit ongemak kunnen bemiddelen door een passend subliem repertoire. Maar dan zal ook beter verklaard moeten worden wat de sublieme ervaring precies is en inhoudt.

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Opening Academic Year WUR: The inclusion of Landscape Architecture | TOPOS

_OVERIGE_ door Rosanne Schrijver en Cor Simon A reflection of the opening of the academic year of the Wageningen University. It is striking how the controversial discipline of landscape architecture within the Wageningen University now seems to play an essential… Source: Opening Academic Year WUR: The inclusion of Landscape Architecture | TOPOS the whole opening […]

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Why a landscape machine?

Designers should design landscapes that challenge human beings and human collectives to allow them to redefine nature within and beyond themselves. We are well aware that the two words ‘landscape’ and ‘machine’ are dissonant in many ways; something technocratic versus something pristine? The dissonance is on the other hand exactly right, if you consider an […]

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Water Sprung Versatility

The river Roer (Roermond, the Netherlands) has been of great importance to the inhabitants of its valley since the Roman empire. However, anno 2013,  the Roer is not only beloved, but also known for its moody character. Due to the increase of precipitation in winter and the decrease of precipitation in summer, the rain river […]

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Relevant research angles

There are several possible research angles that are relevant for the conceptual development of landscape machines:   Landscape production e.g. concerning diversification of yield, introducing (new forms of) biodiversity, ecosystem analyses and thermodynamical system mapping. Landscape aesthetics e.g. embodied experience, (new) ritual engagement, everyday landscape interactions, shades of sublime and design style. Landscape anthropology e.g. […]

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Landscape Machine CHECKLIST

Figure 2: An energy systems diagram of a hypothetical Landscape Machine described by making use of COOS – the key concepts of evolutionary thermodynamics described by Tiezzi. A set of interacting processes, energy and material flows that resemble functions and services performed by a hypothetical landscape machine. Processes, systems and connections among them have a […]

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