Genius Loci vs. The Concept: Project EAT

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_ARTICLE campus-special_ by Fiona Morris
This article is the third publication in the contribution of Topos about the Wageningen Campus, the coming weeks. We give a glimpse into the world of the campus from the different perspectives of researchers and stakeholders. This week: Fiona Morris, landscape architect and o.a. Design Team Coordinator of project EAT for the Wageningen Campus.

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Quito blog 2: The mobility challenges of an Andean city

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_ARTICLE_ by Abel Coenen
With almost 2 million inhabitants Quito is a big city. Its dense historical centre proves to be the perfect location for a tourist visit. Many people move around through the city by car or taxi but, as Dutch as I am, I’d rather go for a walk. When one day I almost got run over by a car I realized that the culture of car driving is rather special here.

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Quito blog 1: The new world of Ecuador

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_ARTICLE_ by Abel Coenen
From February until August I will be staying in Quito, the capital of Ecuador – a country where landscape architecture or planning are no common professions at all. For these next months, I will live and work in the city as a true quiteño and explore the landscape of Ecuador. I will try to elaborate on the role and position of landscape architecture in this new world country, in a few exclusive blogs for TOPOS.

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Three Unhelpful Claims on the Protection of Nature and Landscape

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_ARTICLE_ by Kris van Koppen
In this somewhat provocative essay for TOPOS, I will dispute three often-heard claims in debates on nature and landscape planning. While plausible at first sight, none of these claims is valid. Moreover, none of them is helpful in protecting and improving our natural environment. In this essay, I will explain why I think so, and argue for forms of nature and landscape planning in which government, citizens, and experts all play significant roles. I will take the Netherlands as example, but the arguments have a wider relevance.

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The Pulse of the City: Exploring Urban Metabolism in Amsterdam

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_ARTICLE_ by Ilse Voskamp and Sven Stremke.
Considering ongoing, rapid urbanisation and the vast resource consumption of metropolitan areas around the world, it is important to integrate urban resource management with the design of our future cities. But how can resource management become an integral part of planning and designing urban landscapes?

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Cultural Meanings of the Landscape

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_ARTICLE_ by Karin Peters
Place meanings and place attachments are socially constructed. Individuals can experience different senses of meaning and attachment over their life course, and in relation to socio-cultural environments. In this essay I will explore how place attachment of first generation migrants is important for evaluating how urban design deals with the consequences of changing populations.

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CALTROPe – Catalyst Architecture against Sea Level Rise

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_ARTICLE_ by Janka Csernák
CALTROPe is an answer to the challenge of Sea Level Rise. With this project, we aimed to create a future-oriented and innovative architectural solution responding to this diverse problem. For a complex, real and multidisciplinary response, the concept was developed by designer members of S’39 and invited professionals from different relevant fields.

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Aesthetic Engagement with Built Landscape

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_ARTICLE_ by Yuriko Saito
Everyday aesthetics, the subject of my recent work, aims to illuminate those aspects of our lives that are normally not the focus of aesthetic attention. Objects of daily use and the environment we inhabit are commonly regarded as a background against which various events and activities take place. As such, they are taken for granted and generally do not give rise to a memorable experience, unless their familiarity is disrupted.

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Children and sublime landscapes

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_ARTICLE_ by Paul Roncken
TOPOS asked researcher Paul Roncken for a contribution to the topic of contemporary landscape aesthetics. As assistant professor he is connected to the landscape architecture group of Wageningen University and works on several topics involving aesthetics and design education and research. He shares his view on the development of sublime landscape experiences during childhood.

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