Premises & Methods

“A landscape is not a natural feature of the environment but a ‘synthetic’ space, a man-made system of spaces superimposed on the face of the land, functioning and evolving (…) a composition of man-made spaces to serve as infrastructure or background for our collective existence.”
— J.B. Jackson

Having as central question the changing nature of the urban project in urbanising/ urbanised deltas, the themes and methods here explored aim at envisioning a new set of spatial conditions, identities and values in landscapes and territories at risk. Special sensitivity is placed to interdependencies, synchronicities, and/or conflicts between environmental, political, economic, and societal processes — from large, regional scales to architectural and procedural scales and subjects.


Research premises

—  Fluid Grounds & Thick Water
The architecture of territories at risk

— Reversed Engineering with Nature/ Constructed Natures
Bio-geographies and the project of cultivation

—  Metropolitan Delta Landscapes
Water systems as a mean of spatial improvement, the project of water sensitivity

— Extreme Ecologies
Delineating new geographies under the extreme, the uncertain


Methods


—  Design as a way of research

—  Designing with uncertainty

—  Drawing the Delta

—  Working with layers, times, scales

— Integrating technical data into design

— Interdisciplinary approach: scoping