30. May 2012 / Ricky R. Ricardo

Taktyk - The winners of the Topos Landscape Award 2012

"An engagement in city making through research, design studio, editing and art installation" is how the young French/Belgian firm Taktyk describe their emerging practice. With projects ranging between the design of gardens, public space, strategic planning, urban renewal and post-industrial/agricultural scenarios, they characterize their fields of operation as being "the metropolitan condition, from diffuse to compact urbanity".

Taktyk will, amoungst other projects, present their competition entry for Lagoon Park, Venice, Italy (2008) at the Topos event: Follow Me: Berlin's Airports. Graphic: Taktyk

Founded in 2005, Taktyk is lead by Sébastien Penfornis and Thierry Kandjee, employing a team of 11 between their offices in Paris and Brussels. Their team is made up of architects, landscape architects, designers, artists and planners. Sebastian Penfornis, who leads the Paris office, is an architect, urban designer and guest teacher. Thierry Kandjee, based in Brussels, is a landscape architect, lecturer, editor and state adviser.

"Responding to heterogeneous and complex challenges in the intersection of landscape, infrastructure and the city, the practice acts as a conductor, curator, and mediator of complex transformation processes". Taktyk's approach to landscape is to "construct open proposals, innovative and versatile, synonymous of new experiences".  

Between them, Sébastian and Thierry have lectured and led design-studios in a number of Universities around the globe, including QUT Brisbane (AUS), RMIT Melbourne (AUS), Rietveld Academy Amsterdam, TU Berlin, ENSP Versailles (FR) and Sint Lucas in Belgium. 

Amongst their earlier work, a competition entry Lagoon Park (2008) proposed a symbiotic vision between tourism and the ecology of a lagoon in Venice, Italy. Tying into their intent of making the lagoon a 'spectacle', the project included a wave garden to make the visible the 'pulse' of the water, and pavilions that acted as machines for water treatment.

Metropolitan Intensities (Intensités Métropolitaines), a more recent project by Taktyk, is an ambitious yet flexible urban strategy for the Heysel district in Brussels. The project reinterprets the planning legacy leftover from the Expo 58, and proposes greater accessibility through a series of green, dynamic corridors connecting the surrounding neighbourhoods to the major international programs that take place on the site.

Taktyk have been awarded the Topos Landscape Award 2012 in recognition of the wide range of responsibilities the office has taken on, the fine example they have set regarding how planning offices can be closely connected in current times, and how the major challenges facing urban designers and landscape planners today must be addressed. The award seeks to draw attention to young practitioners who can demonstrate success, and show desire to influence the course of the profession at an international level.     

As has been the tradition with previous prize-winners, Taktyk will receive a special section of the next edition of Topos dedicated to presenting their work and ideas.

The Topos Landscape Award 2012 will be presented in Berlin on the 5th of June at the Topos event “Follow Me: Berlin’s airports”.
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