Ilmar Hurkxkens

hurkxkens@arch.ethz.ch

“A renewed focus on performance (how things work) may free the landscape from any preconceived idea of what nature should be (how things look like). The application of advanced digital modelling and fabrication tools in terrain not only opens up a new design language, but will also provide a deep understanding of the processes involved in the superimposition of urban and natural environments. As the design of natural material is increasingly constrained and guided by multiple actors, the role of a landscape architect will shift from a designer of form towards a director of processes. The fundamental goal of landscape design will always be the organization of our environment. Here, a new understanding in computational landscape topology may provide the tools to think and act responsibly in this ongoing artistic endeavour.”