As ecology turns into the new engineering, the projection of landscape as infrastructure—the modern alignment of the disciplines of urban planning, civil engineering, and landscape architecture— has become demanding. Predominant challenges facing urban territories and regions today—including shifting climates, population mobilities and material flows are addressed and strategized here. Replying to the under-performance of master planning and over-exertion of technological systems at the end of the twentieth century, Landscape as Infrastructure: A Base Primer (ePub/PDF) argues for the strategic design of “infrastructural ecologies,” explaining a synthetic landscape of living, biophysical systems that function as urban infrastructures to direct and shape the future of urban economies and cultures into the 21st century.
Pierre Bélanger is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Co-Director of the Master in Design Studies Program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. As member of the Department of Landscape Architecture and the Advanced Studies Program, Bélanger tutors and synchronizes graduate courses on the convergence of ecology, urbanism, and infrastructure in the interrelated fields of planning, design, and engineering. As a landscape urbanist and architect, he is the recipient of the 2008 Canada Prix de Rome in Architecture and the Curator for the Canada Pavilion ad Canadian Exhibition, “EXTRACTION,” at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale (extraction.ca). Dr. Bélanger has penned the Pamphlet Architecture Series from Princeton Architectural Press, 35th Edition, GOING LIVE: from States to Systems (pa35.net). He is also the co-author of the upcoming volume ECOLOGIES OF POWER: Mapping Military Geographies & Logistical Landscapes of the U.S. Department of Defense and co-editor with Jennifer Sigler of the 39th issue of Harvard Design Magazine, Wet Matter.
“Bélanger, a self-proclaimed landscape urbanist, claims that a new, ecologically informed set of material techniques and conceptual frames will replace the tradition of monofunctional, reductive, centralized approaches to infrastructure that have led urbanization up to now.” ― Gale Fulton, ASLA, Director of the School of Landscape Architecture at the University of Tennessee, Landscape Architecture Magazine
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