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Landscape of contemporary infrastructure


Dagnija Smilga

The project ‘Landscape of Contemporary Infrastructure’ concerns the future of rural territories. The aim is to envision rural life with a capacity to compete with large urban areas. The population of the world is growing and the concentration of it in large cities along it. Territories that are left behind - countryside. Along the growing population the state of land has to be considered as an increasingly valuable resource that is needed for food, materials and energy; recreation, tourism, housing; that is storing carbon, supporting biodiversity and human activities. The population of countryside is the one that will provide urbanized world with all these resources. The still existing interdependence between small rural towns and land around them is used as a benefit for development. New strategies for resource exploitation that are able to act in different scales have the potential to develop the shrinking countryside.

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Spatial implementations of these strategies can generate employment and vital life in the network of small towns creating a productive future landscape of rural territories. The project is a study of how to develop strategies for rural territories by the superimposition of specificities in different scales in order to grasp the complexity of rural landscape and its future. A complex matrix of drawings in different scales is created in order to portray the necessity of a multilayered development that shifts scales. By exploring the interrelations of variety of scales and networks a territory can consist of (complexity), the aim is to discuss the role of future architect/urbanist and its position while dealing with all those complex relations.

 

Advisors: Nasrine Seraji, Hiromi Hosoya, Lisa Schmidt-Colinet

Landscape of contemporary infrastructure


Dagnija Smilga