TU Landscape Architecture Department’s Thursday Seminar Series “Water and Climate” is hosting Lodewijk Baljon on December 9 at 12:30 o’clock. The title of the seminar is “WATER * WORKS”.
Lodewijk Baljon is the director of BALJON landscape architects, the recipient of prestigious prizes for urban and landscape design: National Public Space Prize, 2 awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Dutch Design Award; the German Design Prize (4x), the National Building Prize (2x), International Lamp Lighting Award. He has taught at Leuven University, Amsterdam Academy for Architecture, and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Prof. Hayriye Eşbah Tunçay will be moderating the seminar. The seminar is open to everyone.
WATER * WORKS, Water as key component in projects of BALJON landscape architects
The lecture will show how water plays an important role in a great variety of forms: as a sustainable system, as the basis for ecology, as a playful element, as an object of contemplation and as a representative item. The function of water in the landscape is always critically examined and developed into design ideas: the concept. A clear concept that helps to create Meaningful Space: explanatory, expressive, and telling places.
The projects that will feature in the lecture range from the smallest scale to master planning.
Landscape is the land that we create; a cultural phenomenon. Coming from the fine Dutch tradition of the man-made environment means that Baljon has a positive, pro-active attitude towards the transformation of the landscape: one can create great landscapes, ranging from gardens to urban planning.
Sustainable landscape architecture is In Baljon’s projects all about design to last: creating an environment that serves many functionalities, is adaptable and is also aesthetically long-lasting.
His general attitude towards design is best expressed as: Optimistic Realism. For many, every man-made construction represents the destruction of nature and the landscape. As an inspired landscape architect, Lodewijk Baljon sees problems as an opportunity to do things better. Reality is not an obstacle but rather a point of departure.
The lecture will show a broad range of projects, including typical Dutch large scale projects addressing climate adaptation and high water management of rivers.
Topic: Thursday Seminars – Lodewijk Baljon
Time: Dec 9, 2021 12:30 PM Istanbul
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Lodewijk Baljon graduated from Wageningen University and received his PhD in 1992. Since 1986 his office is based in Amsterdam, where he works with a team of 2 partners and 10 designers on a variety of projects, ranging from private to public projects and from landscape architecture to urban design. The design work is supported by teaching, research and writing. His firm has been the recipient of prestigious prizes for urban and landscape design: National Public Space Prize, 2 awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Dutch Design Award; the German Design Prize (4x), the National Building Prize (2x), International Lamp Lighting Award. He has written numerous critical essays on urban and landscape developments and lectures on a regular basis. He has also taught at Leuven University, Amsterdam Academy for Architecture, and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.
For more you can visit www.baljon.nl
In his 40 year career Lodewijk Baljon combines research and practice, landscape architecture and urban planning, large scale and small projects. His firm, BALJON landscape architects in Amsterdam, works on projects in Europe, South Korea and India. In the broad range of projects BALJON landscape architects works together with architects and artists, with technicians and manufacturers to create integral designs. In some collaborations, the consortium is not only the contractor of the realization, but also for the maintenance for decades. This enables them to fully develop sustainable designs. To achieve a real integral solution, Lodewijk Baljon designs in an analytical manner. This approach sounds theoretical, but it is combined with a keen interest in craftsmanship and artistic sense. This is the way to design meaningful space: space that is expressive and telling.