F U L B R I G H T F O R U M
“Landscape Past, Landscape Future: Hybrid Landscapes of Nepal’s Tibetan Frontier”
Speaker – Mr. Dane G. Carlson, Fulbright Student Researcher of Architecture
Date - Friday, May 18, 2018
Time - 3:00 p.m.
Venue - Fulbright Commission Auditorium, Gyaneshwor
As changes emerge across the diverse landscapes of Nepal, centuries-old relationships are reshaped. These landscapes are shifted, torn down, or remade, emerging as new hybrid landscapes. In Mustang, narratives of a place lost in time betray the dominance of change. Change and hybridity are the future: populations shift, infrastructures change, and meaning is remade. In the villages of Baragaon and upper Thak Khola, goat herding remains critical to local livelihoods. This practice is evolving in the face of a changing climate and shifting land use practices. Through a dual research and design practice, this work examines the current realities of this place and proposes the creation of a future, hybrid landscape. This future is shaped through the simultaneous generation of knowledge, practice, and the physical landscape itself.
Dane Carlson is a landscape designer and researcher. He holds a Master of Landscape Architecture with Distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His research and design work explores the relationships between continuity and change in the landscapes of hinterland Nepal. He is currently a Fulbright student researcher based in Lower Mustang and Kathmandu.