Quito blog 1: The new world of Ecuador

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_ARTIKEL_ door 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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Shifting sands; a playful landscape design at the Kop van Schouwen

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_AFSTUDEERWERK_ door Hester Annema & Elisabeth Floris
In dit exploratieve afstudeeronderzoek zijn wij er verrassend genoeg achter gekomen dat mensen door middel van spel al spelenderwijs het landschap kunnen transformeren en beheren. De opgave voor dit onderzoek was de transformatie van een statisch naar een meer dynamisch kustbeheer voor het duinlandschap van de Kop van Schouwen.

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Farming the sun

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_AFSTUDEERWERK_ door Fan Yang
The involvement of the landscape architect is needed in the process of renewable energy transition in order to achieve a sustainable development. The spatial arrangement of these new technologies is a relatively new subject to landscape architects. It is important to study how to make new technologies fit into the landscapes by designing. Solar Photovoltaic is one of these new technologies. In this thesis, the design strategy and principles of fitting solar parks into the landscape are studied.

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Mooi! – Lopen op de Camino

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_COLUMN_ door Pim Lucassen
In het kader van mijn afstudeerproject liep ik in oktober en november van 2014 de pelgrimstocht naar Santiago de Compostela. Het doel van dit afstudeerproject is om ontwerpprincipes voor pelgrimslandschappen te ontwikkelen als een middel om het veranderende karakter (lees: secularisering) van de Westerse spiritualiteit te faciliteren. In deze column geef ik een kleine inkijk in een dag op mijn Camino.

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Fieldwork in the Dutch Caribbean: Developing sustainable tourism on St Eustatius

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_OVERIGE_ door Mart Reiling & Ineke van Kapel
For my thesis (Ineke) and for the experience (Mart), we went to the small and quite unknown Caribbean island, St Eustatius (Statia). We spent five weeks exploring the possibilities for sustainable tourism development on the island and creating different spatial scenarios that we presented to the inhabitants of Statia.

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Murmur of limits: Evoking the sensuous encounter between ecological phenomena and humans

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_AFSTUDEERWERK_ door Naiara Valcarlos
This theoretical and design research explores the realm of perception in the milieu of new nature development. It focuses on relating the sensuous encounter with materiality of the landscape. New nature consisting of not only accomplished ecological recovery but a landscape instilled with human scale that supports ecological function.

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Aankondiging: NRGlab gastcollege door LAGI (LandArtGeneratorInitiative)

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_OVERIGE_ door Redactie
Dirk Oudes and Sven Stremke have managed to convince the directors from LAGI (LandArtGeneratorInitiative) to give a Skype presentation to Landscape Architecture students on the 7th of January. Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry are outstanding and, by now, have run 3 global competitions with mind blowing propositional designs of which the first ones are being implemented now.

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