Supernature in the Age of The Anthropocene: The Wasserkrater as entry for an intimate relation to nature

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In a globalised world under pressure of climate change, nature remains at the centre of societal concerns and the appreciation of nature by urban communities presents a critical challenge for the landscape architecture agenda. But nature is a dynamic concept, transforming in accordance with societal changes. We now live in what can be called the Anthropocene, and this far-reaching influence of man on natural processes should result in a revised vision of the concept of nature. A reading of the Wasserkrater Garden (Agence Ter 1997, Bad Oeynhausen,DE) will illustrate such a new understanding of nature: as a force of abundance, showing existence to its full extent in which humans are only a small part, and at the same time something close to home, incorporated in our daily environment. Merging an architectural and an ecological view, this understanding of ‘supernature’ brings together the natural and the artificial. The premise that we somehow stand outside (or apart from) nature no longer holds true.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ECLAS Conference Ghent 2018
Subtitle of host publicationLandscapes of Conflict
EditorsS. Delarue, R. Dufour
Place of PublicationGhent, Belgium
PublisherUniversiteit Gent
ISBN (Electronic)9789491564130
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventECLAS Conference 2018: Landscapes of Conflict - School of Arts of the University College Ghent , Ghent, Belgium
Duration: 9 Sep 201812 Sep 2018


ConferenceECLAS Conference 2018


  • Anthropocene
  • supernature
  • Wasserkrater Garden
  • metropolitan landscape


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