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Landsc. Archit. Front.    2020, Vol. 8 Issue (3) : 148-157     https://doi.org/10.15302/J-LAF-1-050019
EXPERIMENTS & PROCESSES
DESIGNING BY RADICAL INDIGENISM
Julia WATSON1(), Avery ROBERTSON2, Félix DE ROSEN3
1. Principal, Julia Watson LLC; Lecturer, Department of Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design; Lecturer, Department of Architecture and Urban Design, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University
2. Freelance Writer; Graphic Designer
3. Master in Landscape Architecture, College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley
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Abstract

Looking to Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) sites and traditional ecological knowledge-based infrastructures (Lo–TEK), we find nature-based systems that symbiotically work with the environment. This article suggests that by hybridizing Lo–TEK with high-tech systems, the GIAHS sites could offer designers a toolkit towards economically, ecologically, culturally, and technologically innovative systems that can improve productivity and resilience. Whereas urban development results in the erasure of history, identity, culture and nature, this idea explores how urbanization can be an agent for the migration and reapplication of agricultural heritage systems, rather than their greatest threat. Cities can leap-frog the typical Western model of displacing indigenous diversity for homogenous high-tech. Instead, catalyzing localized, agricultural heritage landscapes like those designated as globally important agricultural heritage systems, as scalable, productive and resilient climate change solutions and technologies. It requires a shift in the thinking about traditional agriculture and about the relationship to Nature, from superior to symbiotic.

Keywords Nature-Based Technology      GIAHS      Lo–TEK      Climate Change      Radical Indigenism     
Corresponding Author(s): Julia WATSON   
Issue Date: 18 August 2020
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Julia WATSON,Avery ROBERTSON,Félix DE ROSEN. DESIGNING BY RADICAL INDIGENISM[J]. Landsc. Archit. Front., 2020, 8(3): 148-157.
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http://journal.hep.com.cn/laf/EN/Y2020/V8/I3/148
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