Experiments on Flowscapes

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For the last five years, graduates within the master track of Landscape Architecture at TU Delft’s Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment have been working on the theme of “Flowscapes”. In the graduation guide the theme is explained as follows: “Flowscapes, explores infrastructure as a type of landscape and landscape as a type of infrastructure. The hybridization of the two concepts seeks to redefine infrastructure beyond its strictly utilitarian definition, while allowing landscape design to gain operative force in territorial transformation processes. Through focusing on landscape architectonic design of transportation, green and water infrastructures, the studio aims to develop innovative spatial armatures that guide urban and rural development and represent their civic and cultural significance. With movement and flows at the core, landscape infrastructures facilitate aesthetic, functional, social and ecological relationships between natural and human systems. The studio seeks a better understanding of the dynamic between landscape processes and typo-morphological aspects; here interpreted as flowscapes. Flowscapes projects put Landscape Architecture Education Delft at the interface of Urbanism, Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environmental and Spatial Planning.” In this paper the theme will be discussed by comparing two graduation projects situated in two different deltas: “The Haringvlietdam, a beautiful coastal landscape, part of the Rhine-Meuse delta” in the Netherlands and “The Living Estuary, a study to develop landscape spatial adaptive strategies by integrating water, ecosystem and anthropomorphic-dynamics in the estuary of the Volta Delta” in Ghana. The focus of the paper is on the method developed and applied in the graduation work. What do these projects have in common? In what way are they different and what can we learn from them in terms of understanding landscape architecture as an integral design discipline, in relation to the theme of flowscapes? A discipline that relates space to place and uses design as an operative force to steer adaptive and sustainable territorial transformation processes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIFLA 2018 Conference Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event55th IFLA World Congress 2018 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 18 Jul 201821 Jul 2018


Conference55th IFLA World Congress 2018


  • Flowscapes
  • dynamics
  • integrating natural and human systems
  • biodiversity
  • climate change
  • flooding
  • a living delta
  • future resilience


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