Enabling transformation: Linking design and land system science to foster place-making in peri-urban landscapes under increasing globalization.

Unprecedented urbanization is threatening landscape diversity, bringing along new social and environmental problems. Standardized business centers, single family residential areas and shopping malls displace highly productive agricultural land, while the culture and lifestyles of local communities become absorbed into the sphere of globalization. People are losing their sense of place and their motivation to initiate change. The result is a tremendous increase in fragility of these new landscapes of the twenty-first century, calling for an active and creative landscape shaping process to secure the long-term provision of critical ecosystem services. This project will contribute to a next generation of tools and methods to foster the development of resilient landscapes. The resulting methods and tool will ultimately support humans to intentionally transform peri-urban landscapes.

The main goals of the project are:
1.Obtaining empirical evidence for recurrent patterns and processes of place-making
2.Developing an operational tool to activate intentional change of the landscape that generates a sense of place
3.Analyzing and predicting the role of place-making under increasing globalization for formulating recommendations


Prof. Dr. Adrienne Grêt-​Regamey (PI)
Dr. Marcelo Galleguillos-​Torres (PhD, WP 1)
Michal Switalski (PhD, WP 2)
Laura Endres (WP 1)
Johann Schuur (WP 3)
Laura Schalbetter (WP 3)
Orencio Robaina Martinez de Salinas (WP 4)


This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant agreement No. 757565).

Project timeframe

1.6.2018 – 31.12.2022