63

 

Conservation through development (NL)

Responsible: Amsterdam Academy of Architecture
Case study area: Twentse Coulissenlandschap, Drentse Bekenlandschap en Veenkolonien
Funding: Erasmus Intensive Programme (LLP)
Team: Marieke Timmermans, Thomas Oles, Gloria Font, Jacques Abelman, Henk Kouijzer, Lisa Mackenzie, Chris Rankin, Karin Helms, Thierry Kandjee, Martin Prominski, Verena Butt, Maria Goula, Martí Franch Batllori, Ioanna Spanou, Tianxin Zhang, Jorg Sieweke.

In this Summer School students and teachers worked on landscape identity as a basis for a proactive approach to “conservation through development”. The location of the workshop was the remote northeastern part of the Netherlands, a patchwork of man-made landscapes.
By working simultaneously on these three different, neighbouring cultural landscapes, each with a strong identity and specific issues and policies, this EMiLA workshop provided an excellent laboratory for developing skills in landscape identity research as a basis for design in cultural landscapes. Such skills and methods can be translated and applied meaningfully to many other cultural landscapes in the world.

EMiLA_Drenthe

Fieldwork in Drenthe

The location of the Workshop, the remote northeastern part of The Netherlands, is a patchwork of man-made landscapes – De Veenkoloniën, de Drentse AA and Noordoost Twente – which are all, in many ways, typical. By working simultaneously on 3 different neighbouring cultural landscapes, each with a strong identity and specific issues and policies, this EMILA workshop provided an excellent laboratory for developing skills on landscape identity research as a basis for design in cultural landscapes. Such skills and methods can be meaningfully translated and applied to many other cultural landscapes in the world.

Following a concept of research through design based learning, the main activities of the workshop were as follows:

  • Participating in the actual life of the landscape
  • Intensive fieldwork on landscape identity
  • Interview sessions with local community members
  • Lectures and guest instruction from specialists
  • Discussion with organisations, enterprises and municipalities
  • group design sessions on landscape transformations

EMiLA_Working-process

Group work on the reflection of the existing landscape

 

EMiLA_Working-process 2

Students worked in teams on visions for the three agricultural landscapes

 

Program Summer School

  • 1 day Kickoff: Lectures on the European landscape topics.
  • 1 day Exhibition and closure: On site.
  • 2 days bike excursion with nights on the farm: Landscape identity research, talking to farmers, inhabitants and entrepreneurs in groups, Drenthe.
  • 4 days landscape transformation program: Design on landscape transformations intensive teaching with experts in groups, N-O Twente.
  • 2 days ‘representating’ landscape: Bring the landscape together in ‘the vision’, presentation.

 

Lectures day 1

  • Thomas Oles, ‘living landscape’ University of Victoria NZ
  • Han Wiskerke, ‘history of the landscape and globalization, new developments that will change the landscape.’ Chair of the Rural Sociology Group, Wageningen University
  • Nico Beun, ‘processes that lead to realization innovation network’, Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation,
  • Judith Korpershoek, ‘building in the landscape’, architect K2
  • Gerard Oostermeijer, ‘improving biodiversity in the cultural landscape Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics’, University of Amsterdam
  • Karin Helms, ‘designing on biodiversity’ (project in Sophia Antipolis in collaboration with Agence TER)