Landscapes for Anthropocene
/ moderator Tiago Torres Campos
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.
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.