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Topos September 2017

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2 min.

t.braemer@callwey.de What is time? This question has challenged philosophers and scientists ever since Plato first reflected on the phenomenon systematically. Hardly comprehensible and highly mystic in nature, the volatility of time has inspired enthralling concepts about its very essence. One way to understand what makes up the innermost quality of time, is to consider its relation to human beings: time is deeply linked to our perception. As we become aware of a sequence of changes, we conclude that this is the result of an ongoing process which in turn manifests the existence of time. Nevertheless, time is not inevitably a matter of subjectivity. It connects all humans to their spatial and urban surroundings by visualizing how they appear, alter and disappear over their lifespans. Cities, however, become more complex and vigorous…

1 min.
the ice is getting thin

Turquoise structures move across off-white plains – but what is this wondrous visual composition? Is it abstract art, or a real subject? Aerial and landscape photographer Timo Lieber has been taking photos of the North Pole's fragile landscape for some time now, not in an ordinary way, but from a bird's-eye view. For his photo series THAW he stuck his neck out... of a helicopter. No climate change?! The average temperature of the atmosphere and sea levels are rising, and polar caps are melting. Nothing new, unfortunately. But ice at the North Pole is melting much faster than expected: The poles are massively affected. For the Arctic, this means a record melting this year. You can tell how drastic the consequences are by the 11-part photo series of the London-based artist. But…

3 min.
dutch waterworks need more design

A lot of care and effort was once put into the architectural design of Dutch dikes, locks and pumping stations. That has changed. Today, the State Water Board is predominantly focused on safety. Mascha Onderwater states: It is time to reevaluate the importance of spatial quality. MASCHA ONDERWATER is a landscape architect with extensive experience in planning complex urban design and landscape architectural transformations. She is a member of the Bureau B+B management team. Ever since the early middle ages, the Dutch have been building dikes and mounds in order to make life in the soggy lowlands possible. In the course of the centuries, the waterworks became increasingly ingenious. Today, a large part of the Dutch landscape is characterized by polders, canals, locks and pumping stations. Although the State Water Board which…

2 min.
lot locher

Linking her experience in landscape architecture with urban climate adaptation, Lot Locher works on the initiative Amsterdam Rainproof (2013) – a network organization to make the Dutch capital robust against cloudburst events. Before returning to the Netherlands, she joined Gustafson Porter + Bowman as a project architect. Lot is currently looking into what is required to scale this and other successful network approaches to urban climate adaptation to a nationwide level. 1 CAREER STARING POINT? No clear starting point: Every step counts… From education, to all work experiences, to returning to The Netherlands and bringing my design focus to one city and one topic 2 INFLUENCED BY? People who act to make the world a better place 3 INSPIRED BY? The non-planned transformation of cities and the rhythmical metamorphoses of nature 4 WHY LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE? It is always…

3 min.

Mumbai may only be India’s second city in size, but it is without a doubt the subcontinent’s capital of commerce, glamour, and endless aspirations. In many ways, it resembles New York, although the metropolis once called Bombay is, of course, twice as large. By mid-century, the self-declared Maximum City will swell to some 40 million inhabitants: the largest urban space on earth. Once upon a time there was a peaceful bay, a good place to drop anchor after a voyage across the oceans, a bom bahia, as the Portuguese seafarers put it in the 16th century: Bombay. Apart from the historic name, now obsolete, and a few derelict buildings, the Portuguese left few traces at their landing point, unlike in Goa and Diu, two other settlements developed by the globetrotters from…

4 min.
city close up

The city reveals itself in successive stages and in fragments. In his book L'ombre de la ville: essai sur la photographie contemporaine, the French communication and media theorist Alain Mons points to the cognitive consequences this has for the observer of the city: “The urban real can only be apprehended by successive touches, it is necessary to be patiently impregnated by its dimensions because it is peculiar to reality to give itself by profiles, little by little, thanks to a temporal penetration.” It is up to the travelling observer to multiply the views and experiences in order to understand the city in depth and comprehensively: to pass through the axes which traverse it, to discern the blocks and the architecture which composes them, to be attentive to the urban details…