The graduation studio Flowscapes explores infrastructure as a type of landscape and landscape as a type of infrastructure, and therefore focuses on landscape architectural design of transportation, green and water systems. These landscape infrastructures are considered to provide essential conditions for urban and rural development. With movement and flows at the core, these landscape infrastructures facilitate aesthetic, functional, social and ecological relationships between natural and human life. Through design‐based case studies, at different scale levels the studio seeks for a better understanding of the dynamic between landscape processes and typo‐morphological aspects; here interpreted as flowscapes.
The studio is concerned with the design of new topographies by integrating new programs into the ‘genius of place’ and time, and with regard to landscape processes, the continuation of spatial quality and cultural identity of the landscape. It does this through the development of landscape architectural concepts, methods and techniques for design research and research‐by‐design. These landscape architectonic design explorations require a multi‐layered understanding of landscape: its spatial structure (visual landscape), history, (relational) context, as well as the ecological, economic and social processes involved.
The studio is organized as a series of simultaneously developed design-based graduation labs. Each lab is coordinated by one or two tutors of the Landscape Architecture section. The lab themes coincide with the research agenda of the individual tutors.