Landscape = land + people (community)
Infrastructure = underlying system of essential services that supports a society
Landscape infrastructure = underlying system for essential services that is based on -and related to- land and people
The goal of landscape infrastructure is to contribute in solving pressing global landscape problems in the field of climate, water, energy, food and rural and urban land development, while connecting people to the land.
Landscape infrastructure is to be designed in a way that it is adaptable to ordinary life and ordinary budget. As such, it is:
- Responsive to human beings;
- Responsive to environmental aspects;
- Applicable with a limited budget: for everybody, the rich ánd the poor.
Its approach should be usable in both both ‘rich’ developed countries with well-fare states and active governments, as well as in ‘poor’ developing countries that lack an active government and large financial means. This demands for a less capital-intensive approach that is implemented by minimal interventions over a longer time frame, hereby creating long-time emotional attachment instead of the cultural detachment that has followed the large-scale comprehensive technological interventions of the last century.
This infrastructure is not based on ‘colonial’ pipeline thinking, but is dynamic and resilient. Its outcome is therefore not a ‘hard’ petrol-empelled infrastructure landscape, impermeable and macadamised, with need for technological fixes and as such consumptive but rather a ‘soft’ productive and performing landscape that is permeable, opened-up, visible, enabling, and resilient. Landscape infrastructure is infrastructure that is embedded in the local landscape and its natural and cultural processes . It does not ‘control’ by use mechanical technology, but rather enables natural intelligence and vernacular survival methods: local survival skills that often got lost through industrial up-scaling and detachment from the land.
Landscape infrastructure is enabling rather than displacing. It provides an opportunity to take a broader view of the intrinsic relationship between humanity and the planet by making us recognize our dependency on the natural systems that we mediate with our infrastructure.
see also the topic ‘Paradigm for Landscape Infrastructure‘.