Building with landscape: On-site experimental installations informing BwN methodology
Building with landscape

On-site experimental installations informing BwN methodology


  • Rene van der Velde Delft University of Technology
  • Michiel Pouderoijen Delft University of Technology
  • Janneke van Bergen Delft University of Technology
  • Inge Bobbink Delft University of Technology
  • Frits van Loon Delft University of Technology
  • Denise Piccinini Delft University of Technology
  • Daniel Jauslin DGJ Landscapes




Building-with-Nature, landscape architecture, design methodology, hydraulic infrastructures, mapping coastal landscapes, aesthetic experience, co-creation


The multi-dimensionality of BwN calls for the incorporation of ‘designerly ways of knowing and doing’ from other fields involved in this new trans-disciplinary approach. The transition out of a focus on rational design paradigms towards reflective design paradigms such as those employed in the spatial design disciplines may be a first step in this process. By extension, the knowledge base and design methodologies of BwN may be critically expanded by drawing on ways of knowing and doing in spatial design disciplines such as landscape architecture, which elaborates the agency of the term ‘landscape’ as counterpart to the term ‘nature’. Operative perspectives and related methodologies in this discipline such as perception, anamnesis, multi-scalar thinking, and process design resonate with specific themes in the BwN approach such as design of/with natural processes, integration of functions or layers in the territory and the connection of engineering works to human-social contexts. A series of installations realised for the Oerol festival on the island of Terschelling between 2011 and 2018 serve as case studies to elaborate potential transfers and thematic elaborations towards BwN. In these projects inter-disciplinary teams of students, researchers and lecturers developed temporary landscape installations in a coastal landscape setting. Themes emerging from these project include ‘mapping coastal landscapes as complex natures’, ‘mapping as design-generative device’, ‘crowd-mapping’, ‘people-place relationships’, ‘co-creation’, ‘narrating coastal landscapes’, ‘public interaction’ and ‘aesthetic experience’. Specific aspects of these themes relevant to the knowledge base and methodologies of BwN, include integration of sites and their contexts through descriptive and projective mappings, understanding the various spatial and temporal scales of a territory as complex natures, and the integration of collective narratives and aesthetic experiences of coastal infrastructures in the design process, via reflective dialogues.

How to Cite

van der Velde, R., Pouderoijen, M., van Bergen, J., Bobbink, I., van Loon, F., Piccinini, D., & Jauslin, D. (2021). Building with landscape: On-site experimental installations informing BwN methodology. Research in Urbanism Series, 7, 129–148.



Author Biographies

Rene van der Velde, Delft University of Technology

René van der Velde is associate professor of landscape architecture and research fellow urban forestry at TU Delft. He researches and teaches in a range of knowledge domains including design theory, brownfield parks, infrastructural landscapes, urban forestry, green infrastructure & environmental philosophy. He was coordinator of the Oerol elective projects ‘Pin(k) a Place’ in 2017 and ‘Aeolis - Gap the Border’ in 2018.

Michiel Pouderoijen, Delft University of Technology

Michiel Pouderoijen (1974) is full-time research- and teaching assistant at the Chair of Landscape Architecture, Delft University of Technology. His special interest is cartographic research into a broad range of aspects of landscape architecture in the Netherlands and abroad. He is specialized in the application of GIS methods and techniques, and has extensive knowledge of maps and digital spatial data and their applications.

Janneke van Bergen, Delft University of Technology

Janneke van Bergen is a landscape architect and PhD researcher at the TU Delft. Over the past decade she worked in the field of water and infrastructure, including Room for the River, the National Coastal Delta Program and Studio Coastal Quality. She currently works for the ShoreScape research, funded by NWO, to investigate Building with Nature and coastal design.

Inge Bobbink, Delft University of Technology

Dr Ir. Inge Bobbink is an associate professor at the section of Landscape Architecture at the TU Delft. She studied Architecture in Germany, United Kingdom and graduated at TU Delft, holds a post-master degree from the Berlage Institute and a PhD. Her research focuses on landscape architectonic design, circularity and social values in (traditional) water systems worldwide.

Frits van Loon, Delft University of Technology

Frits van Loon, is lecturer and tutor for the section of Landscape Architecture at the TU Delft. He focuses on landscape architectonic design with a special interest in the urban metabolic flows and the relation between complex intertwined systems on a regional scale; the landscape architectonic shape and experience on the detailed scale.

Denise Piccinini, Delft University of Technology

Denise Piccinini is lecturer at the section of Landscape Architecture of the faculty of Architecture, TU Delft. She has been coordinating courses at BSc and MSc level, including several Landscape ON-Site elective, Oerol Festival editions. Key understandings involved in her work are phenomenological approach, site immersion methods, experiments with sense of place theories and practices.

Daniel Jauslin, DGJ Landscapes

Was a lecturer researcher at TU Delft from 2008 to 2015. He initiated the collaboration with Joop Mulder and the Oerol Festival and coordinated the first-generation student projects on Terschelling. He also taught landscape architecture design at Wageningen. After a PhD at Delft in 2019 he is working on projects of his practice DGJ Landscapes around Zürich and Versailles.


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