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Mapping the Anthropocene: Atelier NL, a Case Study of Place-Based Material Craft Practices

Panneels, Inge



This paper argues that mapping as a methodology can support localised production, as exemplified in the case study of the design studio Atelier NL which marries contemporary design sensibilities with traditional glass and ceramics craft-making techniques. The paper puts forward the argument that by paying attention to local ecosystem services through mapping, place-based design solutions can be developed. Furthermore, the paper argues that the methodologies deployed by Atelier NL borrow from contemporary art creative mapping practices. This case study uses the framework of the Anthropocene to situate these mapping practices identified within the case study and contextualises these within 20th-century environmental arts practices, and those of the environmental art pioneers the Harrisons in particular. Finally, the paper argues that these mapping practices are responding to the conditions of the Anthropocene which increasingly makes clear that culture and nature are enmeshed, an insight that 19th-century town planner Patrick Geddes argued for more than a century ago.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 21, 2023
Online Publication Date Aug 15, 2023
Publication Date Aug 15, 2023
Deposit Date Aug 17, 2023
Publicly Available Date Aug 17, 2023
Journal Arts
Publisher MDPI
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 4
Article Number 177
Keywords design, craft, glass, ceramics, Anthropocene, mapping, cultural ecosystem services, Patrick Geddes, Harrisons, creative mapping


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