LANDSCAPE URBANISM AS AN ALTERNATIVE APPROACH TO REGIONAL PLANNING PRACTICES Research-by-Design in the semi-arid region of Tete
The semi-arid region of Tete undergoes a series of exogenous processes that makes the inhabitation of the savannah landscape difficult. Large-scale landscape alterations lead to disconnection from its resources and the increase in vulnerability, especially for the local population that do not benefit directly from the exogenous processes. In addition, they aggravate the harsh endogenous processes that the region suffers from, namely long periods of drought alternated with severe flash floods.
This paper presents the application of Research-by-Design as a method of Landscape Urbanism on a specific case in the semi-arid region of Teteto aim towards a more sustainable territory. Landscape Urbanism is tested as alternative approach to classic regional planning practices. The paper bases itself on research-by-design executed over a period of three years and is organized through James Corner’s four provisional themes of Landscape Urbanism. The research shows that Research-by-Design within the principles of Landscape Urbanism can be a valuable addition to ongoing planning practices, especially emphasizing its capacity to empower local population.
Keywords: Landscape Urbanism, Landscape Urbanism Strategies, Research-by-design, Urban Design, Resilient Landscape, Regional Planning.
Thematic clusters: 2. City and Environment Topic: Environment, landscape and climate change