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The FuturArc Interview
For our landscape issue, designers are looking into natural processes that have been lost or fragmented. There are three perspectives on this.
Dr Yu Kongjian has been the force behind China's sponge city movement. For inspiration, Dr Yu turns to the Chinese countryside and agricultural practices that have had, for hundreds of years, methods and strategies for integrating the human and the natural.
Philippe Rahm’s approach to the Central Park in Taiwan might be called ‘eco-modernist’. Technology is programmed to the job of nature. This is the first wide-scale engineering of microclimate outdoors. The park is fitted with nozzles and canopies that cool, clean, dehumidify and accelerate the air. This is constructed nature; ecosystem services at the flick of a switch.
One might ask which works best; the answer will always be that it depends on context. Ecological design is first and foremost a response to the local. It’s about where you are and what that place needs.