"The Big Blow" finalist ASME Covers Contest

We recently had the pleasure to find out that the April 2017 cover of Landscape Architecture Magazine, The Big Blow, featuring our North Sea wind power diagram, was nominated as a finalist for Best Business and Technology cover for the American Society of Magazine Editors Covers Contest 2018. What a nice acknowledgment for the profession of landscape architecture in general and the research by design on Energy Landscapes in particular!

News Feb. 12, 2018, Amersfoort

The cover image was realised in partnership with Tungsten for the last edition of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) under the name '2050 - An Energetic Odyssey'. This project is an example of research by design, examining the possibilities, opportunities, and spatial implications of the realisation of large-scale harvesting, transportation and storage of renewable energy sources on and around the North Sea. It demonstrates the role the North Sea could play in meeting the globally agreed two–degree climate target.

The April 2017 LAM issue featured the project and H+N+S’s vision for 25,000 offshore wind turbines in the North Sea in cover. It reported a ”multinational endeavor that transcends bureaucracies as well as boundaries in hopes of making these countries fulfill the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change”.



The project 2050 - An Energetic Odyssey is part of the IABR–2016–THE NEXT ECONOMY, the seventh edition of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, which takes place from April 23 to July 10, 2016, in the Fenixloods II, Paul Nijghkade 19, Katendrecht Rotterdam. In addition to this project, H+N+S was involved in two other projects too. More info on the IABR website.


IABR with the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Van Oord, Shell, TenneT, Zeeland Seaports, European Climate Foundation, Natuur & Milieu, RWE, Port of Rotterdam Authority and Port of Amsterdam. Research by design and animation by H+N+S Landscape Architects, Ecofys and Tungsten Pro.