Call of Papers: Designing nature as infrastructure – a question of technology?

Designing nature as infrastructure – a question of technology?
The symposium
which researchers and practitioners working in landscape-related disciplines
can engage in a discussion about a current main topic:
The idea is to continue certain issues from the symposium
Designing nature as infrastructure proposes a platform oninfrastructure.
Public Space in February 2010 and to deepen aspects concerning
approaches and interplays between
1 organized by the Chair of Landscape Architecture andecologicalIt asks participants to examine potentials of multidisciplinarydesign and ecology in current debates on
in urban and landscape restructuring.
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scientific committee
Thomas Hauck
, scientific assistant,
Chair of Landscape Architecture and Public Space (LAO)
Daniel Czechowski
, scientific assistant,
Georg Hausladen
, lecturer integration ecology,
Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Open Space (LAREG)
Technische Universität München, Faculty of Architecture
symposium: 29
submission abstracts: 31
invitation participants: 2
submission papers: 1
th – 30th November 2012st May 2012.nd July 2012st November 2012
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Faculty of Architecture
Vorhoelzer Forum
Arcisstraße 21
80333 München
conference languages
English, German
see also subsequent publication:
Thomas Hauck, Regine Keller, Volker Kleinekort (Ed.). 2011. Infrastructural Urbanism. Adressing
the In-between. Berlin: DOM Publishers.
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The progressive discourse on
design of social relations to nature or if instead the "old" aesthetically and
politically troubled notion of landscape returns, refurbished as
Landscape Infrastructure, Infrastructural, High Performance Landscapes, Landscape Machines or Greenraises the question whether there is a new paradigm for theinfrastructure
through a formal and scientific consideration in order to obtain new
legitimation. Landscape in the current debate is seen as a physical object,
which is no longer "scenic" or "romantic", but "productive", "powerful" and
"well designed".
When looking for the innovations, which justify Landscape as
a new paradigm of the organization of human-natural systems, the result is
sobering. It is discussed primarily in reference to river restoration projects,
stormwater infiltration, green roofs, and green links – all well known. Before any
action is set a big RE – restoration, recultivation, redesign of destroyed nature
and environment. All without question important and urgent tasks, but they
have little to do with the design of environmental innovations. It is rather the old
landscape reappearing in a technomorphical dress.
This "old" concept of Landscape as
morphological thinking of the 19th century, which sees nature as an entity,
transported e.g. by means of
industrial cities, in order to supply alienated urban citizen with nature. Parallel
to the development of large-scale infrastructure to combat traditional sanitation
aesthetic deficits (perception of nature), hygiene deficits (fresh air and sunlight)
and kinetic deficits (motion in nature).
In the current discourse on sustainability and how to deal with climate change
and limited natural resources a controllable performance is attributed to nature
and landscape. This capability to generate clean energy and healthy food, to
clean water, to store rainwater, to protect against flooding, etc., is based on
the idea of controlling processes in ecosystems so that landscape works as a
stable system serving human needs.
not only provides ecosystem services, but also ensures their production. This
is based on the "engineering science" ecology. Ecosystems have long been a
natural part of technical planning (e.g. in water treatment) and their
technological use will gain massive importance, as a form of "biotechnology" in
a necessary conversion of urban and rural areas due to results of climate
Similar to "classic" infrastructure of the industrial era, a discrepancy between
technological progress and the quality of their spatial organization is also
emerging in the "new"
are being developed in sectoral planning processes for optimization of
technical aspects and were situated afterwards—design considerations play a
secondary role. This lack of so-called architectural culture is not only reduced
infrastructure asinfrastructure follows the tradition ofGreen Infrastructure in the rapidly growingGreen Infrastructure as greenways or park systems should resolveGreen Infrastructure is the technology thatGreen Infrastructure. The "green" engineering structures
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to the creative indifference of engineers and ecologists who develop their
"design" from the logic of the relevant technology or remain as design laity in
conventional patterns. They hardly possess the instruments to include greater
spatial relationships in the design. The necessary interdisciplinary approach
has to be initiated by architects, urban planners and landscape architects.
However, designers who are dealing with urban and landscape reconstruction
show a remarkable ignorance about innovations in the field of the "engineering
science" ecology. This attitude hampers the use of innovative ecological
approaches as well as new ideas for the design of human-natural systems –
and a "relabeling" of the old concepts as
infrastructure won't change this.
call for papers
Designing nature as infrastructure
designers, ecologists, engineers and others working in the field of the built
environment to discuss about
asks academics, practitioners, planners,Green Infrastructure.
Papers are invited on any aspect of the conference theme. Topics may include
but are not limited to:
1) What is
and "green" infrastructure? Is
"landscape"? Is it a new style of landscaping? What are the aesthetic, social
and/or technological/ environmental objectives to be achieved by a planning
2) How proceeds the collaboration between design and ecology? Are there
approaches that do more than design platitudes or ecological
"superficialities"? What role does ecology play in design processes?
3) What innovations arise from the interplay between ecology and design
(architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, etc.)? What are the
aesthetics of technically formed landscapes? What spatial concepts use the
products of the ecologists in urban and landscape restructuring?
Green Infrastructure? What is the relationship between "classical"Green Infrastructure just a synonym forGreen Infrastructure?
Please send abstracts of 400-500 words in length to
Make sure to include paper title, author's name, email address, and details on
academic or institutional background. Please add
Proposals must be submitted electronically and should be presented either in
MS Word or Adobe Acrobat format. Papers/lectures should be timed as being
20-30 minutes in length.
The deadline for submitting proposals is Thursday 31
Notification of accepted proposals will be emailed to those concerned by
Monday 2
finalised paper by Thursday 1
DNAI in the subject May 2012.nd July 2012. Selected speakers will then be expected to send theirst November 2012.

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