Eckart Lange tackles landscape change at British Academy

Professor Eckart Lange at the British Academy

Computer simulations that model how landscapes may change in the future are essential to planning how to cope with landscape challenges, according to Professor Eckart Lange, from the Department of Landscape.

The forces that will shape future landscapes - including increasing urbanisation, rising global temperatures and more frequent natural disasters - require long-term, strategic and innovative approaches to planning and design, which can be effectively communicated through modeling and visualisation.

Professor Lange made the statement during his lecture on Urban Landscape Futures. Trends, Challenges, Approaches at the British Academy in London on 27 January. The lecture was part of the international seminar Growing Cities, Divided Cities? which was jointly organised by the British Academy and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).

Professor Lange noted that human behaviour is the key driver for landscape change. The future landscapes that we will experience will be a response to our human needs and their related land uses – including food production, water management, water supply and energy consumption.

As well as delivering his lecture, Professor Lange also chaired the session focusing on Cities and Social Cohesion. Other presentations in the seminar were delivered by Prof. Danny Dorling from the University of Oxford and Prof. Paul Cheshire from the London School of Economics.

The full seminar programme can be found here.