Layered Landscapes Lofoten — Understanding of Complexity, Otherness and Change adresses today’s most urgent issues about living together in landscapes and territories under severe pressure and transformation. The landscape holds essential information about our common history, ecology and social behavior — both rational and cognitive experience, and even hidden enigmas. The authors suggest how an open and unbiased approach to the landscape enables us to understand and operationalize knowledge and theory into valid proposals and projects for the future — not primarily through the traditional and habitual idea of the architectural object, but rather in contact with a global, collective and spatial territorial reality.
Layered Landscapes Lofoten — Understanding of Complexity, Otherness and Change aims to challenge internalized concepts about how landscapes are considered and investigated, to open for alternative research, and legitimize subjective, singular and experimental approaches as valid and appreciated as a foundation for an informed process. These approaches take into consideration both the landscape and the practices taking place in the landscape, that are consistently full of individual and collective stories and experiences ― the complexity created in both time and space, which influences our societies not only as traces of historical events, but as present realities and even expectations and what is to become. Under the concepts of Complexity, Imbrication, Vulnerability, Fieldwork, Flexibility and Reorientation ideas are developed, all based in the contemporary and historic layers of the dramatic and contested landscapes of the Lofoten Islands in Northern Norway.
Lofoten is the history of extremes; extreme nature, extreme weather conditions, extreme natural resources and extreme survival. The islands of Lofoten float in a timeless mythical narration of battling between man and nature rooted back to the origin of human presence in these territories. The fact that Lofoten has hosted the world’s most precious fisheries of codfish for centuries in the same areas where the seabed is assumed to hide a prosperous amount of oil and gas, and now in addition experiences a significant influx of tourists, signifies a latent and incommensurable conflict that can irreversibly change the landscape. These ongoing processes have for a long time altered the way people use and inhabit the landscape, but now more than ever it demands awareness and knowledge to build resilience – to maintain flexibility for changes – but at the same time to be in control of the changes’ impacts on the complex ecology of landscapes and societies.
Table of contents:
- #1 Complexity
- #2 Imbrication
- #3 Vulnerability
- #4 Fieldwork
- #5 Flexibility
- #6 Reorientation
TitleLayered Landscapes Lofoten: Understanding of Complexity, Otherness and Change
AuthorMagdalena Haggärde; Gisle Løkken