Landscape as Infrastructure

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As ecology becomes the new engineering, the projection of landscape as infrastructure―the contemporary alignment of the disciplines of landscape architecture, civil engineering, and urban planning― has become pressing. Predominant challenges facing urban regions and territories today―including shifting climates, material flows, and population mobilities, are addressed and strategized here.

Responding to the under-performance of master planning and over-exertion of technological systems at the end of twentieth century, this book argues for the strategic design of “infrastructural ecologies,” describing a synthetic landscape of living, biophysical systems that operate as urban infrastructures to shape and direct the future of urban economies and cultures into the 21st century.

Pierre Bélanger is Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Co-Director of the Master in Design Studies Program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. As part of the Department of Landscape Architecture and the Advanced Studies Program, Bélanger teaches and coordinates graduate courses on the convergence of ecology, infrastructure and urbanism in the interrelated fields of design, planning and engineering.

The book is published by Routledge.