Landscape as Infrastructure (II)

“Design of surface systems, synchronization of material volumes, logistics of implementation, re-zoning of land across boundaries, sequencing of land transformations over time, synergies between land uses, and reciprocities between different agencies, can therefore augment and accelerate these strategies, placing emphasis on performative effects of practice rather than their end results. The new paradigms of longevity and performance decisively break with the Old World pictorial, bucolic, and aesthetic tradition of landscape design. Instead, they give landscape planning and design a logistical and operative agency as a practice that deals with complex, multidimensional systems. By design, the synthesis of urban operations—coupled with the refl exive mechanisms that underlie them—can therefore lead toward the development of this contemporary landscape practice; one that is urgently needed for the present and future reclamation of urbanizing and deurbanizing land in the Great Lakes region and North America.”

Landscape as Infrastructure, Pierre Bélanger