- Landscape Architecture
I believe that as designers of the Anthropocene era we have to work with and for nature in order to reintroduce its beauty and functionality into our everyday life. As humans, we are colonizing every single spot on earth.
According to the United Nations, now¬adays 55% of the human population is living in cities and by 2050 this number will rise to 68%. The migration to the cities combined with the growth of the popu¬lation will lead us to either occupy more natural surface or to the densification of our cities. In my graduation project, I am studying the quality that the interaction of intense urban living and wildlife could bring to the everyday life of Amsterdammers. I am studying the future development of Sloterdijk station in order to create one of the next city main nodes where a transformation from offices area to a mixed-use one will be merged with a scenario where encounters with animals are happening on a daily basis. My design is using the opportunity provided by the existing soil types to reproduce landscape typologies that will welcome different wild species existing in the surroundings of this area of Amsterdam.
Creating a network of paths that will guide users of the area to have a journey in the surroundings of one the main station of Amsterdam will give them the opportunity to develop different types of public space where inhabitants and visitors can meet with the wildlife: a benefit that is becoming more and more rare within the cities boundaries.
I am studying the behaviors of eight species to make sure that encounters will take place along this journey. Each animal with its specific habitat will be connected visually and physically whit the species creating an interaction that at present only exists in wild spaces. To co-live with nature, we need to twist our way of looking at it, embracing it and bringing it in our daily lives.
Graduation committee: Roel van Gerwen (mentor), Thijs de Zeeuw and Angelo Renna. Additional members for the exam: Berdie Olthhof and Saline Verhoeven.