Next Article in Journal
The Influence of Green Viral Communications on Green Purchase Intentions: The Mediating Role of Consumers’ Susceptibility to Interpersonal Influences
Next Article in Special Issue
Interpretation of 798: Changes in Power of Representation and Sustainability of Industrial Landscape
Previous Article in Journal
External Benefit Evaluation of Renewable Energy Power in China for Sustainability
Previous Article in Special Issue
Territorial Analysis of the Agricultural Terraced Landscapes of Tuscany (Italy): Preliminary Results
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Sustainability 2015, 7(5), 4806-4828; doi:10.3390/su7054806

Incorporating Renewable Energy Science in Regional Landscape Design: Results from a Competition in The Netherlands

1
Landscape Architecture Group, Wageningen University, P.O. Box 47, 6700 AA Wageningen, The Netherlands
2
PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, P.O. Box 30314, 2500 GH Den Haag, The Netherlands
These authors contributed equally to this work.
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Shangyi Zhou
Received: 30 January 2015 / Revised: 10 April 2015 / Accepted: 15 April 2015 / Published: 23 April 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Landscape and Sustainability)
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [9140 KB, uploaded 23 April 2015]   |  

Abstract

Energy transition is expected to make an important contribution to sustainable development. Although it is argued that landscape design could foster energy transition, there is scant empirical research on how practitioners approach this new challenge. The research question central to this study is: To what extent and how is renewable energy science incorporated in regional landscape design? To address this knowledge gap, a case study of a regional landscape design competition in the Netherlands, held from 2010–2012, is presented. Its focus was on integral, strategic landscape transformation with energy transition as a major theme. Content analysis of the 36 competition entries was supplemented and triangulated with a survey among the entrants, observation of the process and a study of the competition documents and website. Results indicated insufficient use of key-strategies elaborated by renewable energy science. If landscape design wants to adopt a supportive role towards energy transition, a well-informed and evidence-based approach is highly recommended. Nevertheless, promising strategies for addressing the complex process of ensuring sustainable energy transition also emerged. They include the careful cultivation of public support by developing inclusive and bottom-up processes, and balancing energy-conscious interventions with other land uses and interests. View Full-Text
Keywords: energy transition; sustainable energy; renewable energy; design competition; landscape architecture; planning; energy-conscious planning and design; renewable energy; strategic landscape design; evidence based design energy transition; sustainable energy; renewable energy; design competition; landscape architecture; planning; energy-conscious planning and design; renewable energy; strategic landscape design; evidence based design
Figures

Figure 1

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

Scifeed alert for new publications

Never miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
  • Get alerts for new papers matching your research
  • Find out the new papers from selected authors
  • Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
  • Define your Scifeed now

SciFeed Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

de Waal, R.M.; Stremke, S.; van Hoorn, A.; Duchhart, I.; van den Brink, A. Incorporating Renewable Energy Science in Regional Landscape Design: Results from a Competition in The Netherlands. Sustainability 2015, 7, 4806-4828.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Sustainability EISSN 2071-1050 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top