Landscape Architecture as Necessity Conference Proceedings vol:1 pages:117-130
Landscape Architecture as Necessity edition:1 location:Los Angeles date:22-24 September 2016
This paper proposes a context driven approach to the energy and materials transition in Central Limburg (CL), Belgium. CL’s coal mining era left behind a singular and mechanical twentieth century energy landscape of railway tracks, terrils, shaft towers and worker’s cités. Today, in the wake of yet another economic restructuring, the region is seeking to become a forerunner in the transition towards a circular economy. What’s the potential capacity and role of landscape architecture for the transition from a linear economy towards a circular energy and material economy? What larger lessons can a case study in CL,Belgium provide for anchoring new development in efficient and renewable local resource use? Interpretative ‘resource’ mappings set the stage for envisioning unexpected synergies between resource flows and physical infrastructures that could radically shift Limburg’s urban forms and spatial articulations in a locally sourced hybrid resource landscape.