2020 Pecha Kucha from Denmark: “Lynetteholm in Copenhagen. Which footprints in the Landscape?”
“Lynetteholm in Copenhagen. Which footprints in the Landscape? ”
The IFLA Europe Resolution 2020 ”Landscape as Footprint on Earth” inspires to evaluate our actions through Greta Thunberg’s generation’s non anthropocentric eyes, a generation that will be fully grown up by the time the landscape of Lynetteholm, will be settled in Copenhagen.
The projects of constructing 275 ha of new land in the harbor waters of Copenhagen is being planned today to secure the city against storms and raised sea water level due to climate change (0,5 m expected by 2100). A 60ha green coastal landscape buffer is presented as a key nature-based solution to the purpose while providing ecological qualities to a new urban district thought for welcoming the growing city population. The area will be built upon 2,6 million tones soil surplus expected per year from the building industry in this region of Denmark.
Due to its scale and long-term ambitions, Lynetteholm becomes exemplary of the complexity of the issues landscape architects face when working on designing future sustainable landscapes. While we are currently inventing landscape-based solutions to protect cities against climate change and to reuse soil waste produced by the building industry, large footprints in the landscape are necessarily created by such Promethean projects. Positive versus negative footprints in the landscape are yet to be fully comprehended and considered.
Will a 60ha “natural coast” and its following biological value be able to compensate for the amounts of fossil energy used in the construction of a 2,8 km2 urban district from scratch?
How do projects like Lynetteholm contribute to a more carbon free future? Climate protection and land reclamation are not exactly sustainable in themselves, especially when they rely entirely on the current processes of the construction industry that is itself responsible for up to 39% of global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions!
A less anthropocentric approach should be expected from landscape architects and the construction industry to address footprints in the Landscape.
- How do we work now not only to secure ourselves against the negative effects of climate change but for the global ecological sustainability goals to be reached by 2050?
- Could we imagine ways to secure human coastal settlements with less footprint or even with positive footprints in landscapes?
- How should we transform building processes to reduce surplus of soil from construction in the future instead of letting it produce even or bigger amounts of waste material?
- Is the only way to address the growing urban population really to urbanize new land and even sea waters?
 Building and construction activities together account for 36% of global final energy use and 39% of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions when upstream power generation is included. Source - Global Status Report 2017