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Manufactured Landscapes

Remaking the world for our needs

Humans hack the landscape to be more productive and predictable. Though we have intentionally transformed the landscape since the first farmer put a seed in the ground, in the last century our efforts have become planet-scale. While we manipulate old nature through dams, planned forests and irrigation, we create a next natural landscape of highways, vast cities, and garbage dumps. How do we control these? And is control even possible?

Staff Picks

‘An old rubbish dump was transformed into an indoor piste, giving new value to something that once had none’
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Next Nature Services

Bas Haring

Intentionality separates culture from nature. A dog is intentional, a fox is not; a park is intentional, a forest is …

Pimp My Planet

We live in a time where everything or everyone can be upgraded or ‘pimped’. After the worldwide acceptance of plastic surgery and pimped homes, will eventually everything be pimp-able? Even our own planet.

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In Ethiopia, the Bible Grows a Forest

Allison Guy

What are those two green dots in the dusty landscape?  Ethiopian Orthodox Christians believe in preserving forests …

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21st Century Dutch Landscapes

Van Mensvoort

For centuries the Dutch landscape has been known for its highly cultivated formal structure, however with the …

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Sand Engine Reinforces Dutch Coastline

Van Mensvoort

Now here is an hands-on example of ' guided growth ' as a way to steer complex systems. Part of the Dutch coastline is …