The Ecocentury Project
Composite Metabolic Landscapes in Luxembourg.
Research project funded by Fondation Braillard Architectes, Geneva, 2017-2018.
The Programme in Architecture, European Urbanization and Globalization, participates in the "The Eco?Century Project: Architecture, Planning and Landscape under the Prism of our Planet’s Resources", launched by Fondation Braillard Architectes. It is an interdisciplinary Programme fostering innovative research and ideas on the connections between forms, functions and values of our built environment with regard to the ecological transition.
Within this frameork, the Composite Metabolic Landscapes research proposal aims to develop a platform for the investigation of alternative typologies and geospatial classifications of the metabolic landscapes of urbanization, in ways that would be able to transcend the urban / rural dichotomy and the society / nature bias, and grasp the multiscalar social and ecological interdependencies that characterize contemporary urbanization. The goal is to understand the composition of the ground, not through fixed and static classifications, but as a force of production and circulation of social and ecological value. Thus, this research aims to frame the question of resources not as a question of stocks and flows, but as a question of geographical organization, highlighting the necessarily interconnected patterns of socially and ecologically uneven development. The research will unfold around the investigation of the landscapes of the Greater Region of Luxembourg (GR), which is foregrounded as an exemplary case, due to the extreme contradiction between its economic and ecological performance, the paradox between weakly developed but intensively activated landscapes, the high degree of external connections that challenges any territorial delineation, and the highly asymmetrical social and ecological development. How can the construction of alternative geospatial landscape classifications, help highlight current urbanization challenges and guide more socially and ecologically equitable development schemes?