Landscapes for the Anthropocene

More-than-human dialogues between Landscape and Architecture

Landscapes for the Anthropocene

More-than-human dialogues between Landscape and Architecture
We, humans, have become a geologic force of change, but we struggle to grasp the consequences of that. These projects investigate potential dialogues mediating networks of humans and non-humans.
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Anthropocene refers to the contemporary geological epoch in which humans have become the dominant geologic force altering the planet. We move more than twice the earth and soil than all oceans, seas, rivers and lakes together. We change the atmosphere way up high, the rock deep down and everything in between.

How attuned are we—as species and agency—to the consequences of our changes? Can Architecture stop being just a reaction to change to become also a propositional dialogue with the many worlds beyond humanity?

Our landscapes are perhaps some of the most precious encounters between humanity and non-humanity. They can act as engaging and meaningful lens, methodology, narrative or mediator in more-than-human worlds.

These are distinct speculative works—in New York, the Mekong River and Rio de Janeiro—focusing on the human quest for a grounding in some of our most valuable contemporary landscapes.

Study of the relationship between Manhattan and the bedrock on which the city has laid its foundations

A new representation of Manhattan uses deep-time as a tool to recalibrate the relationship between the city and the rock

The increase of carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere is leading to an increase in global temperature, which in turn raises the sea levels. This project speculates on a utopian future where Rio is no longer part of continental Brazil but rather a recently formed archipelago, caused by the dramatic raise of the sea up to 50 meters

View of the new Copacabana Water Park

The Mekong River influences the life of more than 600 million people in South East Asia. Agriculture, forestry, fishing and energy are dramatically changing the riparian landscapes and the relations between neighbours. A series of permeable landmarks test the opportunity of the Mekong as a trans-boundary opportunity

Idea by

Tiago Torres-Campos
CNTXT Studio
(3f1) 6 Haddington Place EH7 4AE
Edinburgh, Scotland
United Kingdom
Tiago Torres-Campos is a Portuguese Landscape Architect and Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. His activities bridge between practice, research and teaching, and his work has been awarded and published internationally. With interests in landscape, modes of representation and digital and social media, he is currently doing a PhD in Architecture by Design where he investigates the applications and implications of designing time in landscape architecture. He is the founder of CNTXT Studio.

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