ILASA – Corobrik 2018 Conference

2 days Drakensburg


Landscape medium for Connectivity

Landscape, an ephemeral concept whose meaning draws as much from the experiences of the beholder as it does from its tangible attributes. One quality remains constant, connectivity. In all interpretations the sense of connectivity is intrinsic to is meaning. The landscape is complex, multi-layered, and constantly in the process of being re-created through the interaction of ecological, physical and social processes.

While drawn to its vibrant beauty, humanity is fundamentally reliant on the health of its ecological processes. Our rich cultural tapestry is formed through our interactions over millennia with our landscapes. Ongoing social well-being is tied to the positive synergy between ecological functioning and how we interact and connect within the landscape. This vital connection to the landscape is integral to who we are and how we operate as people.

Our understanding of the hidden landscape interconnectedness, biophysical and social, is rapidly advancing through new technologies. The financial cost and effort to map, survey and analyse the landscape processes, sensitivities and social value has dropped dramatically. Drone mounted cameras, mobile applications that enable on site mapping and review, social platforms that encourage citizen science, and deep community participation are changing the way projects are envisaged, planned, designed and implemented.

The integration of ecological functions through landscape connectivity has become a fundamental building block of systems thinking that underpins all proposals for development and improvement. Transdisciplinary approaches to project development promise to knit together natural and social scientists with community participants in a manner that integrates different types of knowledge.

On a national and continental level we are connected by land and landscape, shaping our culture and our identity. How can we emulate this quality of connectivity to develop our practice as landscape practitioners?

The importance of connectivity will be explored in the 2018 ILASA Conference in the spheres of:

  • Connecting the African continent
  • Connecting through cultural identity
  • Connecting to ecology
  • Connecting through technology
  • Connecting through transdisciplinarity

More info here