Landscape and Energy. Designing Transition
Co-authors: Dirk Sijmons, Jasper Hugtenburg, Anton van Hoorn
nai010 publishers, Rotterdam 2014
A ground-breaking book on energy and space, exploring the spatial aspects of energy transition. Abundant energy availability is an indispensible condition for civilization and prosperity. ‘If the supply of energy failed, modern civilization would come to an end as abruptly as does the music of an organ deprived of wind’, Nobel Prize winner Frederick Soddy wrote a century ago.
Wherever we get our energy from – wood, coal, oil, gas, wind, sun, uranium, geothermics – getting it has spatial consequences, and so has energy transport, storage and processing. This book systematically investigates the relation between energy and surface space. Hence its nerdy motto: kWh/m2. The book also looks at the future. Sooner or later we will have to reduce our fossil fuel use and shift towards sun and wind. This is a huge operation without historical precedence. The book explores how the energy transition can be dealt with from a spatial angle.
In the midst of gloomy prospects about energy, climate and civilization, ‘Landscape and Energy’ radiates a designers’ optimism: it’s a complex job, but it can be done, so let’s start right away. It’s a radiating book in a literal sense too, thanks to its 'glow in the dark'-cover.
'Landscape and Energy' was published simultaneously with the Dutch language edition titled ‘Landschap en Energie’.