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Topos 90 Resilient Cities and Landscapes

The cities and landscapes of the future must be increasingly resilient and adaptable to changing environmental influences. Ideally, they will modify and optimise their physical appearance to meet these challenges. Building and developing cities thus requires more and more knowledge of ecological interrelationships, dynamic systems and long-term development. The know-how that landscape architects have is especially important here, as there is no other profession that can so effectively combine this knowledge with design. Topos 90 discusses approaches to designing resilience and presents examples of work in countries such as the Netherlands, China, The United States and Columbia.


Nina-Marie Lister
Resilience: Designing the New Sustainability
Design for resilience needs an evidence-based approach that contributes to adaptive and ecologically-responsive design in the face of complexity, uncertainty and vulnerability. Put simply: What does a resilient world look like, how does it behave and how do we design for resilience?

Stig L. Andersson
The Urban as a Resilient System of Processes
The Delta District, Vinge, Denmark
A resilient city is constantly changing and optimizing its physical appearance. An innovative planning process expresses a symbiotic relation between nature and the built environment. Physical Development Plans can actively acknowledge how geological, hydrological and vegetative processes shape urban form and human inhabitation.

Dirk Sijmons
Resilient Urbanisation as a Landscape Architectural Question
People are urban by nature. Most global environmental problems have urban roots. If we want to solve these problems we have to solve our urban problems.


Jasper Hugtenburg
Designing for the Post-fossil Era
Landscape architects and urban planners need to enter and participate in the world of energy. Designers are perfectly equipped to take on one of the greatest challenges of our time: the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

Bruno De Meulder, Kelly Shannon
Towards a Resilient Hoog Kortrijk, Belgium
Creating synergies, building connections and embedding the territory in an ecological framework should help to convert a fragmented, car-based post-war development in Belgium into a more resilient area. The design focus was strategically shifted from the urban structures to the landscape as an initial structuring framework.

Joseph Claghorn, Christian Werthmann
Non-formal Growth and Landslide Risk
The research project “Rehabitar la montaña” seeks for strategies to improve non-formal settlements on the steep slopes of the Aburrá valley on the fringes of the Colombian metropolis Medellín.

Diane E. Davis
From Risk to Resilience and Back
New Design Assemblages for Confronting Unknown Futures

Chris Reed
Absorb / Adapt / Transform
Climate change affects cities everywhere, and all cities need to think through climate adaptation strategies moving forward. Urban landscapes, landscape infrastructures, and landscape-driven city-making strategies have all proven successful in helping to mitigate environmental change.

Kate Orff
Transforming Practice
New challenges make it necessary to break out of familiar roles and lead conversations on issues of risk reduction, ecological enhancement, recreation, and coastal dynamics.

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