• Drinking the winds: Monsoon as atmospheric spring

Geros, Christina Leigh ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0049-6558, 2021, Journal Article, Drinking the winds: Monsoon as atmospheric spring GeoHumanities, 7 (1). pp. 65-88. ISSN 2373-5678

Abstract or Description:

This paper explores monsoons as a set of atmospheric-orographic dynamics productive of water resources and as a site of actionable concern for landscape practice. From study to representation to design, the term “landscape practice” is used to describe a way of positioning environments as both subject and object of concern. While monsoons are constituents of many geographies, dynamics, materials and experiences, this paper focuses on the South Asian monsoon and its relationship with the Tibetan Plateau. In this region, freshwater resources are dependent on the monsoon; however, as rising global temperatures and rapid urban development significantly impact the behavior of the monsoon and the Plateau’s ability to store freshwater, the monsoon—as a kinetic body of freshwater—becomes the focal point of visual media productions and extractive technologies that require a shifting of perspective from one that privileges land to one that centers the atmosphere. The inclusion of meteorological and atmospheric material and dynamics within the space of landscape practice, constructively challenges the spatial discipline’s engagement with exploitable resources; and the monsoon provides a tangible site and set of conditions that is in urgent need of this exploration.

Subjects: Architecture > K300 Landscape Design > K320 Landscape studies
Creative Arts and Design > W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
School or Centre: School of Architecture
Funders: European Research Council, European Union’s Horizon 2020; Grant(s): 679873
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/2373566x.2021.1929384
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** History: epub 14-07-2021;
issued 14-07-2021.

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Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2021 15:35
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URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/4844
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