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Hybrid Landscapes of India: Communicators Between the Worlds

This paper looks at the emergence of hybrid landscapes internationally and more specifically their emergence in India in the context of a changing world where digital technologies permeate many aspects of the human environment. It then looks at their ability to reconnect emerging landscapes with their pre-existing natural and social context as well as anchor people in the landscape and reconnect with the special qualities of the place. The paper argues that landscape architecture can create this sense of place by combining traditional and present-day materials with digital technology based on the example of a landscape project under construction in Hyderabad, India. We explore how the transformative forces of digital technology can be used in addition to the analogue materials and tools of landscape architecture to convey the story of a new landscape. This makes landscapes important communicators in a fast-changing world. Digital design tools in combination with traditional tools have to date been used widely in landscape architecture and the creative field. They have a drastic influence on the design process and the new forms available. TeamLabs has created interactive designs for the Kadokawa Culture Museum, in Musashino Woods Park, Saitama, Japan that communicate between nature and user. The paper shows that hybrid landscapes can utilise tools to translate natural systems and create seamlessly integrated environments, from data-driven light installations, responsive sculptures, and performative materials, to smart highways, dynamic spaces, kinetic facades, and adaptive buildings (FOX 2016) to bridge the gap between a fast-changing physical world and a slowly disappearing site context or natural environment. Hybrid landscapes with the capacity to perceive, react to, and connect with humans and the natural world and man-made physical and social world, aim to ‘future-proof’ them for an everchanging world of new environmental, social and economic requirements and challenges. As the project is not yet constructed, it will only be possible to measure whether the project achieves creating a sense of place through its hybrid design sometime after completion. This should be done through surveys of the users, data collection, observations and comparisons to other projects.

Autor / Author: Zaidi, Anja Maria; Zaidi, Sheeraz; G M, Yashaswini
Institution / Institution: Zoras India, Bangalore/India; Dsatm, School of Architecture, Bangalore/India; Zoras India, Bangalore/India
Seitenzahl / Pages: 12
Sprache / Language: Englisch
Veröffentlichung / Publication: JoDLA – Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture, 7-2022
Tagung / Conference: Digital Landscape Architecture 2022 – Hybrid Landscapes
Veranstaltungsort, -datum / Venue, Date: Harvard University, Cambridge Mass, USA 09-06-22 - 10-06-22
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Keywords (en): Tradition and modernity, performative design, kinetic facade, adaptability, sense of place
Paper review type: Full Paper Review
DOI: doi:10.14627/537724064
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