Bert De Jonghe

MDes

Inventing Greenland: Designing an Arctic Nation

Advised by Charles Waldheim

Inventing Greenland is a critical and timely assemblage of stories highlighting a shifting landscape—one born from the imagination, projections, and ambitions of a wide range of actors. Today, especially within the design discipline, there is a lack of understanding of Greenland as a complex constellation of perspectives, histories, and forces. This thesis aims to fill that knowledge vacuum. Geared toward architects, landscape architects, and urban planners, this thesis combines spatial sensibilities with local cultural, social, and environmental realities. More specifically, spatial sensibility is understood as a way of responding to and reading beyond a diverse array of relationships in the built environment. Furthermore, Inventing Greenland provides a broad understanding of a unique island undergoing intense transformation while drawing attention to its historical and current challenges and emerging opportunities. Distinctly, each individual story is anchored to a common thread and interest in architecture, landscape architecture, and urbanism. Such discourse may serve to prepare designers at large as they take on projects in a rapidly developing Arctic.

The shape of Greenland on a black background, filled with the image of shiny iridescent fabric, and the words “Inventing Greenland.”