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WDM2-Lecture 2: ‘Designing-with’: Towards designing landscapes where species meet.
15 March 2022 - 15 March 2022 @ 17:30
15 March 2022, 17.30
‘Designing-with’: Towards designing landscapes where species meet.
Speaker: Bert de Roo, Glenn Deliège, Center for Decentering Design, University of applied sciences and arts Ghent – HOGENT & Howest, Belgium
Respondent: Andrea Gammon, TU Delft, The Nederlands
General subject area: Landscape architecture, landscape heritage, landscape and community, landscape ecology
This research project takes its cue from the growing realization that we humans are not the only ones with a point of view on this planet. Animals do too. They develop meaningful relationships with the landscape they inhabit, scaffolded by their own history, culture and individuality. Just like is the case with humans, these meaningful relationships congeal into material reality: animals do not only connect passively with a world ready-made and out there, but actively build and shape their environment. They do so in relation to us and all other creatures: the worlding of the world is always a ‘becoming-with’, a multispecies achievement in which the reverberating actions of myriads of creatures continuously give rise to the world.
In this ‘entangled biocultural inheritance’, designing as well is always a ‘designing-with’: a multispecies, interdisciplinary process of weaving new stories. To enable this ‘designing-with’ we propose, in our case study on a typical historical estate in Flanders, to approach the historical site not as a physical element within the landscape, but as a More-than-Human network unique in space and time. This has two consequences. Firstly the physical structure is no longer the object of discussion, protection or design, but the product of that network of actors. Together they shape their landscape. Secondly, if we understand the More-than-Human network as unique in space and time – exactly this group of actors will not exist in this constellation in another place or time. Together they not only shape the landscape but are shaped by it as well. By interfering in and transforming the network of actors (visualizing or strengthening existing relationships, exploring new relationships or introducing new actors) we explore the consequences of our proposal and develop new interdisciplinary design methods on the boundary of digital design, landscape design and interior design to reshape the landscape together.
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Dr. A.R. (Andrea) Gammon is Assistant Professor of Ethics & Philosophy of Technology at TU Delft, with a focus on engineering ethics education. She manages the section’s teaching portfolio and is the MSc Graduation Coordinator for EPT. She began teaching at TU Delft in 2018. Andrea’s main philosophical background is in environmental philosophy. She’s interested in a range of environmental topics, and her research has focused on rewilding and interpretations of place and landscape (Ph.D., 2018) and philosophy of technology and ethics of climate engineering (M.A., 2013).