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UN MONDE À FAIRE

Landscape architecture lays no
claim to solve or resolve major
issues. Instead, it reconfigures...
The Atlas indicates biodiversity hotspots, which almost coincide
with the hotspots of urbanization. The data elaborate in
some detail what regions will have to do, if each is to reach the
internationally-agreed targets described in "Protected Area
for the Different Biomes," in the United Nations Convention on
Biological Diversity.
Link that to the prognosis for urban growth for cities in each
region, and the predictable future erosion of biodiversity is very
alarming indeed. The Atlas allows us to see futures we have not
visualized before: humankind has underestimated the problem.
In fact, I would rate climate change as the planet's second
largest problem, after the biodiversity decline that will derail
our biosphere.

12 THE RESEARCHER: THE ATLAS FOR THE END OF THE WORLD, MAPS WIDELY
DIVERSE DATA, OFFERING THE MAPS ONLINE TO ALLOW USERS TO INVESTIGATE
INTERESTING COMBINATIONS. EEN NATIONAAL PERSPECTIEF (HNS/SMV)

Our animation narrative looked well beyond Dutch borders,
envisioning 25,000 wind turbines gradually occupying the
North Sea, delivering some 90 per cent of the electricity
demand of all the North Sea countries. Moreover, the
animation shows this can be done while enhancing the quality
of the maritime ecosystem, through the addition of hard
substrate and, possibility, the introduction of fishery lee zones.
During the Dutch presidency of the EU, we were asked to
show the presentation to the 28 European Ministers of
Energy. The Energetic Odyssey helped shape an offshore
wind deal with other NW European countries. This shows the
power of research through design: you can break a crisis of
the imagination.
The scale of research-through-design projects can get
even larger, to function at world scale. In the footsteps of
Ortelius who made the fist world atlas, PENN's Richard
Weller, Claire Hoch and Chieh Huangin embarked on a very
elegant, almost no budget project, the "Atlas for the End of the
World." They mapped widely diverse, publicly relevant data
on world maps of the same scale, and made the whole Atlas
available on the web. This allows users to zoom in on regions,
investigating interesting combinations and permutations. And
it provokes us to imagine an alarming future for planet Earth:
an impending head-on collision between biodiversity and
sprawling urbanization.

This puts us on the spot. It is imperative that we pay more
attention to the dangers of low density cities, and get city-sprawl
off automatic pilot. We must change the way we urbanize.
Research-through-design enables us to address such pressing
problems that don't have a client - and will never have a client. I
repeat: we can thereby break the crisis of the imagination.
ALL THREE ROLLED INTO ONE
So how do we boost the impact of our profession, and
thereby the contribution of Landscape Architecture? My
recommendation is practical: build more activism and
research-through-design into our day-to-day practice. My
own office, H+N+S, devotes some 10 per cent of our turnover
to research and innovation. This produces a generation of
reflective practitioners who are better positioned to meet
the challenges of the Anthropocene, and whose work can
complement the fundamental research which universities do.
Let me end with the words of Jedidiah Purdy, an author whose
work discusses the meaning of human life in an environment
where people and nature are inextricably linked: "Everything
needs a world to live in and the world we get to live in will only be
the one that we make, and that is the Anthropocene situation."
This suggests a deep connection between what we choose to
make - and who we chose to be - as humankind.
dirksijmons@xs4all.nl
You can view the online version of
2050: AN ENERGETIC ODYSSEY
> https://vimeo.com/19982598
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Spring 2018

To Begin With
Our Writers
Upfront
Essay
THE TRIAD OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
CHANGZHI WETLAND PARK
AFTER THE DESIGNERS LEAVE THE ROOM
YOU CAN ONLY DESIGN A RIVER ONCE
CONVERSATION
A “PUF” OF INSPIRATION: TOWARD NET ZERO NEIGHBOURHOODS
THE TOUGH GET GOING ON THE WAY TO TRANSFORMATION
THE HALIFAX EXPLOSION: A STORY ONLY THE LANDSCAPE CAN TELL
INTERVIEW
CRITIQUE
PARTING SHOT | UNE DERNIÈRE SALVE
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - THE TRIAD OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - CHANGZHI WETLAND PARK
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - AFTER THE DESIGNERS LEAVE THE ROOM
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - YOU CAN ONLY DESIGN A RIVER ONCE
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - CONVERSATION
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - A “PUF” OF INSPIRATION: TOWARD NET ZERO NEIGHBOURHOODS
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - THE TOUGH GET GOING ON THE WAY TO TRANSFORMATION
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - THE HALIFAX EXPLOSION: A STORY ONLY THE LANDSCAPE CAN TELL
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - INTERVIEW
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