1st Edition

Landscape as Infrastructure A Base Primer

By Pierre Belanger Copyright 2016
    508 Pages
    by Routledge

    508 Pages
    by Routledge

    As ecology becomes the new engineering, the projection of landscape as infrastructure—the contemporary alignment of the disciplines of landscape architecture, civil engineering, and urban planning— has become pressing. Predominant challenges facing urban regions and territories today—including shifting climates, material flows, and population mobilities, are addressed and strategized here. Responding to the under-performance of master planning and over-exertion of technological systems at the end of twentieth century, this book argues for the strategic design of "infrastructural ecologies," describing a synthetic landscape of living, biophysical systems that operate as urban infrastructures to shape and direct the future of urban economies and cultures into the 21st century.

    Pierre Bélanger is Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Co-Director of the Master in Design Studies Program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. As part of the Department of Landscape Architecture and the Advansed Studies Program, Bélanger teaches and coordinates graduate courses on the convergence of ecology, infrastructure and urbanism in the interrelated fields of design, planning and engineering. Dr. Bélanger is author of the 35th edition of the Pamphlet Architecture Series from Princeton Architectural Press, GOING LIVE: from States to Systems (pa35.net), co-editor with Jennifer Sigler of the 39th issue of Harvard Design Magazine, Wet Matter, and co-author of the forthcoming volume ECOLOGIES OF POWER: Mapping Military Geographies & Logistical Landscapes of the U.S. Department of Defense. As a landscape architect and urbanist, he is the recipient of the 2008 Canada Prix de Rome in Architecture and the Curator for the Canada Pavilion ad Canadian Exhibition, "EXTRACTION," at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale (extraction.ca).



    Precaution & Preconditions



    Disorganization of the Book

    A Landscape Manifesto

    Systems of Systems


    Redefining Infrastructure

    Synthetic Surfaces

    Ecologies of Disassembly


    Landscape as Infrastructure


    Metabolic Landscape


    Infrastructural Ecologies


    Re-Reading Infrastructure

    Urbanism, without Infrastructure?


    Pierre Bélanger is a cartographer, curator, author, educator, and builder originally trained as a landscape architect and urban planner. With transdisciplinary expertise in the areas of ecology, infrastructure, media, and urbanism, he founded the Landscape Infrastructure Lab and OPSYS Media in 2001. Selected books and publications include LANDSCAPE AS INFRASTRUCTURE, ECOLOGIES OF POWER, GOING LIVE, RISK ECOLOGIES, WET MATTER, EXTRACTION EMPIRE.

    "Bélanger, a self-proclaimed landscape urbanist, argues that a new, ecologically informed set of conceptual frames and material techniques will replace the tradition of reductive, monofunctional, centralized approaches to infrastructure that have dominated urbanization up to now."

    Gale Fulton, ASLA, Director of the School of Landscape Architecture at the University of Tennessee, Landscape Architecture Magazine