Waterscapes and uncertainty as driver for interdisciplinary co-creation of resilience

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Resilience and climate change adaptation (CCA) are closely connected to the concepts of value. From the departure of resilience, handling of water (HOW) is a pressing issue which involves value and actions at many levels: it challenges economies, questions governance, contemporary planning, settlement patterns, land-use, spatial understandings, infrastructural strategies, use of materials, sensory sensations, and daily life practices.In urban landscapes, waterscapes and HOW is fundamental to CCA. Furthermore, water itself represents uncertainty as it does not acknowledge tradition, administrative or juridical boundaries. Water even challenges conceptual distinctions like nature-culture and urban-rural. Water holds potential to act as a mediator, forcing diverse actors to act together on differentiating values. Thus CCA and HOW could be seen as an entry call for interdisciplinary collaboration: a way to co-create values by informing and qualifying knowledge production and thus CCA actions and practices in urban landscapes.Values, however, are plural and relationally dependent. Different actors see them differently from their varying fields of interests, professions and time perspectives. Values thus also contain potentials of conflict. The question is then: how do we engage with different values and underlying justifications like e.g. quantified knowledge provided by science, political interests, spatial strategies, citizenship or even more intangible values? How do we bridge fields of value across disciplines, engagements and traditional boundaries in order to engage with concepts of value as a way to qualify actions on resilience in a practice-oriented context? This is the basic point of view of this paper.
The subject matter is approached through three real-time cases in a Danish municipality. The cases are explored through interaction and action-oriented research by design methodologies. To address the complexity and uncertainty of climate change and adaptation as qualified as possible, different modes of knowledge production, interdisciplinary collaboration and different aspects of values and valuation must be taken into consideration. The three cases serves as a practice-oriented context to engage with interdisciplinary and trans-sectorial practices and modes of knowledge production in relation to CCA and HOW within urban landscapes.The cases serve as a way to provide knowledge on how to bridge quantified knowledge and directions for action, by addressing place specific potentials, time perspectives and justifications of both tangible and intangible knowledge. The overarching aim is to develop practice-oriented methods for interdisciplinary collaboration in order to envision and co-create resilience and (future) values in urban landscapes in the context of uncertainty.
Publikationsdato10 maj 2015
Antal sider1
StatusUdgivet - 10 maj 2015
BegivenhedECCA 2015: ‘European Climate Change Adaptation Conference - ECCA, Copenhagen, Danmark
Varighed: 12 maj 201514 maj 2015


KonferenceECCA 2015


  • climate change adaptation
  • resilience
  • landscape architecture
  • waterscapes

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