Landscape Middle East - October Issue

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Landscape Architecture as Resilient Urbanism By: Janneke Eggink

Landscape Architect and Urban Designer

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â€œâ€Ś a city is always in a state of transition. The problem of a planner is to shape that transition towards a desired end.â€? Ludwig Hilberseimer Contemporary cities face many challenges from severe weather and economic disparity. While these problems seem far too big to be influenced by a landscape architect, this is exactly the responsibility we bear. Urban resilience is the key for future projects and landscape architects are uniquely positioned to facilitate resilience. Urban resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience. (100 resilient cities)

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Resilience is being increasingly explored over the past few years. A prime example of this is the Rebuild by Design competition by The Rockefeller Foundation. Rebuild by Design placed local communities and civic leaders at the heart of an interdisciplinary creative process - a new way to connect design, funding and implementation strategies. The author was personally involved in the Blue Dunes proposal which was a project largely driven by a landscape architecture practice (West 8). Most of the winning teams were either led by a landscape architect or a landscape architecture firm.