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Desertification & The Artificial Microclimate

As we struggle to cope with climate change, we are confronted with images of towns and villages being swallowed up by the ever-encroaching desert. In response, many communities are taking cues from the longstanding agricultural technique of imposing a new topography over the landscape composed of peaks and depressions to shelter crops during the establishment period. This technique of superimposing topographies provides much inspiration for the future of sustainable design and the implementation of passive systems which require less power. How might we reimagine the design of urban areas and places for recreation?

Images and photos include work by Yann Arthus Betrand, Magnus Larsson, Niels Aha, and PhotoLeet


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