LAND the front runner
LAND, thanks to its ability to be a precursor of the modern age, has been dealing with adaptive landscape issues for a long time. The area of expertise where LAND is operating has been growing to an international level over recent years, meaning that LAND is increasingly finding itself operating in very different scenarios, facing new interesting challenges every day, from human interference such as pollution and reclamation to unusual environments where human intervention requires creativity and innovative thinking like arid or alluvial landscape.
LAND in the world
Local solutions to international demands
LAND is actively involved on the front line when it comes to different environmental cases around the word. LAND’s approach, thanks to our design sensitivity and extensive agronomic and arboreal knowledge, contributes to find thoughtful solutions in continuity with the habitat in which we are operating, by using local biotopes able to respond to the various needs of the project sites.
LAND in the future
Nature conservation vs Nature activation
LAND's approach must change from natural conservation to natural activation. The projects must not be limited to restoring the existing situation or proceeding in continuity with what the anthropological transformation has brought up to the present day; LAND must activate nature by using plant essences and nature-based solutions as means of mitigating the elements that make the planet inhospitable.
The reckless use of fertile soil shows how, in the coming years, a problem of availability of soil suitable for hosting plants can easily arise. Speculations of the easy availability of fertile soil, its comparatively cheapness and high demand have stimulated the idea of imagining landscape environments as optimal industry of fertile soil production, thus aligning it to the growing interest on the economic value of landscape and natural environment. Informing everyday users on the economic value of an overlooked common good as natural environment could potentially rise awareness on landscape requalification processes and nature-based projects, thus “investing” in the future demand on good soil and healthy natural environments surrounding human life. In strategic planning, which anticipates major redevelopment projects or the enhancement of inhospitable areas, it is necessary to foresee the increase demand in fertile soil leading to fertile and thriving natural environments. In addition to temporary nurseries, which answer to immediate requalification aspects, it is also necessary to provide the idea of landscape as an investment on welfare and well-being.
Inhospitable areas, forgotten by man, show very clearly how nature manages to insert itself and to proliferate even where it seems impossible. Just like the case of seemingly abandoned industrial areas or areas polluted by heavy metals or atomic radiation where acceptable human standards appear to be impossible, life thrives and effortlessly evolves to face the new threats. Nature knows how to adapt; it knows how to change in order to survive. The same approach can’t be credited to humans, whose approach up until now has simply consisted in stabilization or temporary remediation based on human time-scale solutions. ”Adaptive humans” should ideally acknowledge their impact on the environment and learn to minimise it through a holistic approach, encompassing multiple solutions on many different aspects which make up for the natural environment.
LAND, with its multi-faced knowledge on the delicate links binding natural environment, has the opportunity to lead the next generations into a new mentality, where humans understand their new responsibilities towards the surrounding natural world. LAND projects should aim to suggest and invite to wonder on these complicate issues, inviting urban inhabitants and users to adapt to the natural environment or to apparently inhospitable places; having the patience to wait until Nature and nature-based solutions take their course, creating a more welcoming environment for humans and nature to coexist together.
The project phasing comprises the involvement of the society. LAND often finds itself responding to the immediate needs of the users, having to choose the former between human timescale and natural timescale and missing an opportunity to advise users themselves on the importance of recovery phases in remediation projects of the inhospitable or polluted areas or in the phasing of long-term redevelopment projects.
Approaching every project with the two, human and natural time expectations during the phasing design process could put together the commitment to respond to an imminent need of the user, bringing awareness and, at the same time, leaving time to Nature to recover the functions of the area.
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