Layered Landscapes Lofoten
Understanding of Complexity, Otherness and Change
This book discusses approaches towards landscapes under pressure and transformation, and the importance of unprejudiced and experimental investigations to reveal its natural and cultural complexity.
Layered Landscapes Lofoten, Understanding of Complexity, Otherness and Change aims to challenge internalized concepts about how landscapes are considered and investigated, to open for alternative research, and legitimize subjective, singular and experimental approaches as valid and appreciated as a foundation for an informed process. These approaches take into consideration both the landscape and the practices taking place in the landscape, that are consistently full of individual and collective stories and experiences —the complexity created in both time and space, which influences our societies not only as traces of historical events, but as present realities and even expectations and what is to become. Under the concepts of complexity, imbrication, vulnerability, fieldwork, flexibility and reorientation ideas are developed, all based in the contemporary and historic layers of the dramatic and contested landscapes of the Lofoten Islands in Northern Norway —where pressure from political decisions and structural changes, increasing tourism, a potential new oil industry and uncontrollable global forces’ impact on nature and societies and cause continuous transformation and alteration of landscapes and topography, surrounding the traditional and modern fishing communities.
DAM Deutsches Architekturmuseum International Architecture Book Award 2019
Layered Landscapes Lofoten – complexity, otherness and change aims to address urgent issues about living together in landscapes and territories under severe pressure, to encounter people and landscapes with openness and to gain knowledge about complex realities that set the conditions for all existence. In the light of an ongoing crisis we can learn to be less biased and superficial in our approaches, but aim for a more resilient society, and for flexibility in the confrontation with unknown challenges. _Magdalena Haggärde (23/04/2020)