Incorporating Renewable Energy Science in Regional Landscape Design: Results from a Competition in The Netherlands
AbstractEnergy 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
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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.
de Waal RM, 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(5):4806-4828.Chicago/Turabian Style
de Waal, Renée M.; Stremke, Sven; van Hoorn, Anton; Duchhart, Ingrid; van den Brink, Adri. 2015. "Incorporating Renewable Energy Science in Regional Landscape Design: Results from a Competition in The Netherlands." Sustainability 7, no. 5: 4806-4828.