Selected projects from the Open Call: New energy for the landscape
The Dutch landscape is on the cusp of a visible transformation. Energy production from renewable sources must be scaled up considerably to achieve the European climate objectives, and this will have a visible impact on the landscape. Mobilizing the power of design and connecting the energy transition issue with cultural heritage structures provides a means of facilitating surprising new insights and trains of thought. In March 2017 the Fund called on multidisciplinary teams of designers, local governments, cultural historians, executive parties and engineers to submit concrete proposals. Four proposals were selected.
This open call attracted 17 project proposals, a great response given the task’s complexity and the requisite involvement of an inquiring or commissioning party.
evaluation and selection
The submitted proposals were presented to three advisers: Sven Stremke (expert in energy transition, WUR), Riëtte Bosch (urban planner and landscape architect, RVB) and Marlijn Baarveld (VER programme director for Transformation of the Landscape at the RCE). They evaluated the proposals based on the formulation of the assignment, the action plan, the pool of expertise involved and overall coherence. After two rounds of evaluation, the panel arrived at a shortlist of four proposals that it preferred above the other submissions:
All the selected proposals proceed from an area-specific approach to energy transition with consideration for natural beauty and cultural-historical qualities. They focus on various landscape typologies in the provinces of Groningen, Gelderland, North Holland and Utrecht. The spatial and strategic introduction of a diversity of renewable sources of energy is being investigated within these different contexts on the basis of actual cases: the adoption of solar and wind energy in the countryside, geothermal power in combination with energy-cascade landscapes, and the implementation of reed mace (a.k.a. bulrush) cultivation to combat oxidation and subsidence in peat-meadow areas and to produce energy from biomass to give some examples.
The advisers were enthusiastic about the subject of this open call and about the subsequent step which can be taken towards implementation via design-driven research. Moreover, they were generally positive about the quality and diversity of the submitted proposals. Plenty of scientific research has already conducted into sustainable and innovative forms of energy production and on the commissioning side there seems to be growing interest, judging by the many energy visions that are being developed across the country. It is also noteworthy that the questions are becoming increasingly focused and momentum seems to be growing. This was also expressed in the great commitment of inquiring and/or commissioning parties.
the next Open Call
A second open call within this theme will be issued in the autumn of 2017. Keep an eye on Creative Industries Fund NL’s website or subscribe to the newsletter.
Heritage and Spatial Planning Programme
In March 2017, Creative Industries Fund NL launched the new Heritage and Spatial Planning Programme, which it will be implementing over two years in association with the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed or RCE) in the context of the Vision for Heritage and Spatial Planning (Visie Erfgoed en Ruimte or VER) (in Dutch only). This design programme interconnects urgent social issues and topical questions in the realm of heritage and space. Pivotal to this is a region-specific approach to heritage. Within this programme, two open calls were issued simultaneously. The Open Call: New energy for the landscape (in Dutch only) concentrated on the theme of energy transition in the landscape, while the Open Call: Urban planning for extremes (in Dutch only) focused on adapting to climate change in the city.