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Landsc Archit Front    2013, Vol. 1 Issue (1) : 42-54
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The New Geographic Landscape
Pierre BéLANGER
Landscape Architect; Associate Professor and Coordinator of Postgraduate Studies in Urbanism, Landscape and Ecology, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
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From the overexertion of technological engineering and the inertia of urban planning, the revival of geography and the recent emergence of ecology across the design disciplines are redrawing the contours of current practice, and opening new territories of research - from landscape architecture, to landscape urbanism, to landscape infrastructure. In response to the predominant challenges facing urban regions today, this new geographic optic opens the potential for the design of "infrastructural ecologies", involving dynamic configurations of live, biophysical processes in relation to the basic, technological management of waste, water, energy, food and mobility systems that underlie urban economies today. Operating as urban infrastructures, these new landscape geographies provide synthetic strategies that can shape, direct, influence and respond to the most pressing challenges of 21st century urban culture, ranging from changing climates, resource flows, and population migrations.

Keywords Infrastructure      Ecology      Economy      Engineering      Landscape      Geography     
Issue Date: 01 February 2013
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Pierre BéLANGER. The New Geographic Landscape[J]. Landsc Archit Front, 2013, 1(1): 42-54.
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