Drinking the Winds: Monsoon as Atmospheric Spring

Geros, C. 2021. Drinking the Winds: Monsoon as Atmospheric Spring. GeoHumanities. 7 (1), pp. 65-88. https://doi.org/10.1080/2373566X.2021.1929384

TitleDrinking the Winds: Monsoon as Atmospheric Spring
TypeJournal article
AuthorsGeros, C.
Abstract

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.

Keywordsenvironmental design
landscape
landscape architecture
Tibetan Plateau
JournalGeoHumanities
Journal citation7 (1), pp. 65-88
ISSN2373-566X
Year2021
PublisherTaylor & Francis
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License
CC BY 4.0
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/2373566X.2021.1929384
Web address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/2373566X.2021.1929384
Publication dates
Published online14 Jul 2021
Supplemental file
License
CC BY 4.0
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)

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