HS2016 / FS2017 Constructed Nature: Lange Erlen, Basel


Programme Studio Tom Emerson:


Is nature today entirely constructed and managed or is there simply no nature left?

Either way, the distinction between nature and the artificial, nature and culture, or nature and architecture, is no longer possible since we became modern.

We will seek new methods to describe and design landscape and architecture as one environment in a unique collaboration with Professors Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron. Taking the Lange Erlen area of Basel as a case study, we shall contribute to a long-term research project on the spatial and territorial future in Switzerland. While Lange Erlen’s unique composition of mechanical, biological and human systems has created a very specific landscape, its potential to be a new parkland or garden city is relevant to all post-industrial western territories.