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How Can We Design for Extreme Territories?


How Can We Design for Extreme Territories?
By Redazione The Plan -

We present the description of a project in the article “Architectural Insertions in a Remote Landscape: Projecting Landscape Architecture for an Extreme Territory” written by Elisa Izquierdo Garcés. The project required an in-depth study of a remote territory in southern Chile for a research and tourism station. The author explains: 

“Although it is interesting in architecture the way human beings have settled in extreme territories, a new differentiation arises among these kinds of settlement. There are some kinds of settlement where their form and placement only answer to practical territorial facts for inhabiting and maintaining a program, and some that answer, as well, to a landscape that is dominated by its architectural form and its location.” 

Finally, we share information from the book Living by the Ocean (2021).

>> We encourage you to browse The Plan Journal and explore for yourself

The region of Aysén within the territory of Chile. Graphic work by © the Author. The region of Aysén within the territory of Chile. Graphic work by © the Author.


Architecture, Landscape and Territory

 In the TPJ article “Architectural Insertions in a Remote Landscape: Projecting Landscape Architecture for an Extreme Territory,” the author Elisa Izquierdo Garcés describes the particular “extreme territory” of her project as having a characteristic that:

“especially affects its western side and consists of difficult accessibility to the interior, producing an absence of visual landscape in an important percentage of the surface area. This factual condition of the physical space leads us to wonder how to reveal the landscapes of a territory that cannot be seen by human beings in order to make it serve a productive use in the sciences and tourism.”

Izquierdo Garcés’ landscape architecture project tackles a “dynamic, isolated, [and] hard to access” territory. Her design solution creatively complements the coast while carefully promoting the programmatic requirements.

Dock sections. Graphic work by © the Author. Dock sections. Graphic work by © the Author.

Elisa Izquierdo Garcés has served as an Adjunct Faculty member for the Architecture School of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She has also practiced the profession in architecture, planning and landscape architecture projects, as a collaborator in CSM Design with Stuart Moore (ASLA), and with her own studio, Plant-T Architecture and Planning, in Chile.

>> We invite you to read Izquierdo Garcés’ article available in THE PLAN Journal, vol. 2/2017, no. 1


Living by the Ocean 

The Phaidon Editors’ book Living by the Ocean includes stunning photographs of coastal architecture in Australia, Canada, Chili, Fifi, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Sweden, Tanzania, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States. The breathtaking structures featured in this book include works by revered designers such as Elemental, Ryue Nishizawa, Pezo von Ellrichshausen, and Fearson Hay.

Living by the Ocean

256 pages
11 3/8 x 9 7/8 inches
300 illustrations
ISBN: 9781838663278

To learn more, check out: Living by the Ocean 


“Architectural Insertions in a Remote Landscape: Projecting Landscape Architecture for an Extreme Territory” in TPJ and Living by the Ocean provide the reader with a new appreciation for ways in which designers are ingeniously embracing the challenges of captivating extreme territories around the world.


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