Peer-reviewed paper published: Solar energy landscape design research

Posted by on May 28, 2019 in Homepage, Project, Publications, Research

A new peer-reviewed paper by members of the NRGlab has been published recently. The paper by Sven Stremke and Sören Schöbel is entitled Research through design for energy transition: two case studies in Germany and The Netherlands and was published by the journal of Smart and Sustainable Built Environment (SASBE). The paper is a result of a joint research effort between Wageningen University/Netherlands and the Technical University Munich/Germany.


Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to enlarge the body of knowledge on research through design (RtD) methods that can be employed by landscape architects and others working on (but not limited to) sustainable energy transition. A specific approach to RtD – qualitative landscape structure analysis (QLSA) – is introduced and illustrated by means of diagrams and photographs. Two case studies showcase the application of QLSA for research on solar parks in the Netherlands and research on wind turbines in the Alpine foothills in Southern Germany. The case studies show how RtD can help to define design principles for large solar parks and arrangement of wind turbines in particular landscape types in the Netherlands and Germany, respectively. In doing so, RtD can help to expand the breadth of spatial research beyond well-established methods such as multi-criteria decision analysis and environmental impact assessment. The paper provides insights into contemporary RtD in two countries and affirms the importance of such research with regard to landscape transformations while starting to define a research niche for landscape architects and other environmental designers working on the topic of sustainable energy transition.


Reference: Sven Stremke and Sören Schöbel (2019) Research through design for energy transition: two case studies in Germany and The Netherlands, Smart and Sustainable Built Environment, 8(1), 16-33. DOI 10.1108/SASBE-02-2018-0010. Read the open-access paper here.


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Figure: Representation of the eight design considerations for solar landscapes identified through literature study (Stremke and Schöbel, 2019).