As a child I fantasized about woodlands bigger than the ones that existed in my native – Dutch – country. Big canopy trees with widespread roots and branches to hold a treehouse or two. Hills […]
The science of landscape design
The fact that landscapes can be designed is a fascinating possibility. Implicitly it includes the design of fjords and mountain ranges, as if building the set of the next CGI adventure movie. Many of my […]
The last five days I spent with my long time friends driving two times a thousand kilometers to (re)find ourselves in the pristine Swedish landscape. We drove all through the night having little naps or […]
extra post May, Archiprix International 2013: environments of agreement
Last week the inspiringly important Architectural Design competition Archiprix International, for graduating designers was presented by a few ceremonial events. This Biennale event – of which, as a member of the board, I am partly […]
In remembrance of the Wheel of Time
Today appears to be an ordinary day, yet from an imaginative perspective it is a colossal day. Today I finished reading the last book of a long series of highly detailed landscape fantasies: The Wheel […]
Children and sublime landscapes
Being alone in an all pervasive landscape, provides an intriguing advantage for experiences: every sensation directly relates to you, in person. Every index finger pointing at some external cause, is a seeking finger pointing outward […]
Why new research into the beautiful and the sublime?
There are things in life – and in the landscapes that remind people of life – that cannot be put to words. The experience of such things and phenomenon is necessarily somewhere in between the […]
In landscape design you should be aware of flaws and struggling rarities, they are proof of the living system you are dealing with. Even if it appears that every phase in a landscape development can […]
What did I expect landscape design to be?
What was I thinking when I decided to study landscape architecture? Did I really expect to design whole landscapes? Meet rich enough clients so I could play with their lands and tell them what fancy […]