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How do we relate to the natural ecosystem and how can we strengthen the connection with our natural environment? What does the Dutch 'makeability' mentality mean for a sustainable relationship with our direct environment.

A New Makeability is a experimental research project about the value of being location-bound on the basis of two approaches; In Bindingsdrang I collect location bound stories by agricultural pioneers with a vision for the future. In addition, I research the subjective role of the designer in my own landscape by looking for the landscape of the future by shaping it with local material experiments.

This project was made possible in part by the Creative Industries Fund NL through a grant for Talent Development.

A series of landscape experiments

Just like a beaver that creates its own biotope by building a dam, humans also play an active and physical role in the ecosystem. The mutual dependence between man and his natural environment requires working in dialogue with the ecosystem.

I rearrange local material such as reed and sludge from the landscape into different shapes and ideas, to investigate how we can relate to complex natural systems.

This makes it possible to imagine a cultural landscape that is not limited to rational and goal directed economism, but that functions in relation to the natural processes of which we are also part.

A place bound collection of stories

What dreams do today's pioneers have for their landscape of the future? Bindingsdrang is a   collection of stories about the relationship people have with the landscape they value.
It is a rich collection to function as a personal basis for future projects.

At a time of globalisation and climate change, Bindingsdrang investigates the importance of personal bonding with our local natural environment. Together with Ilse Meulendijks i collect encounters with people who show sustainable ownership of their landscape.
These stories can only be heard in their natural habitat – the location where the story takes place.