Transitional territories: dynamic processes of temporal and spatial transformations of both land and maritime landscapes
“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). As landscape, urbanisation can only be understood as a trans-scalar system of man-made spaces, supporting life and growth, being the outcome of interrelations between natural processes, societal practices, and (geo-) political projects. We aim to research the possibility of new forms of life and architecture that both discloses and it is informed by these interrelations, exploring the notions of agency, connectivity, synchronicity, risk, and emergence as instances of urbanisation in lowland regions. In this context, the infrastructure space is seen as a crucial medium – manifesting the programmatic dimensions of the territorial project.
Metropolitan delta landscapes: water systems as a mean of spatial improvement
The explosive character of urban development in many deltas leads often to chaotic and fragmented urban patterns, combined with an increase of flood risk, an exhaustion and erosion of the territory and e deterioration of the ecosystem. The question is how a new (and necessary) organisation of the water system can contribute to halt the erosion of the territory and to reduce flood risk, as well as to improve the spatial coherence and the ecological quality of the delta region.
Water sensitive cities and neighbourhoods
Urban spaces and landscapes in deltas are the result interventions by a number of institutions, responsible for different tasks such as urban design, flood risk management, water management, traffic control. We want to explore how collaboration and integration of these different tasks can lead to new types of solutions, with more spatial coherence and quality, more possibilities for adaptation-pathways and substantial cost-reduction.
Design as a way of research