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Terragrams is a podcast series providing a wide portal into the world of landscape architecture by the professionals who shape it. Running from 2006 to 2012, the podcast dispatched over 30 interviews. It is now being re-edited and re-broadcast. Learn more about Terragrams.

Dispatch 18: Michael van Gessel

First published 29th Sep, 2009

Republished 29th Nov, 2021

Michael van Gessel is a Dutch landscape architect with over 3 decades of experience that stretch back to the Agricultural College of Wageningen, where he earned a BA in Plant Disease, another BA in Landscape Architecture and then an MA in Landscape Architecture. His professional experience was gained with the Dutch office Bakkker en Bleeker (now B+B) where he practiced for more than 25 years and directed the studio from 1991-1997.

Since 1997 he has been enjoying self-employment and independent consulting. In this dispatch, Michael discusses his approach to thinking about and designing landscapes, the fragility of Europe’s rural territory, his work with Bureau B+B, the exhibition of his work at the Triennal of Landscape in the Dutch city of Apeldoorn, his recent monograph, and the 5th Biennal of landscape in Barcelona.

Introducing Michael & Invisible Works

Ch. 1


Making and Seeing Invisibility

Ch. 2


Leaving an Office and Starting an Office

Ch. 6


Touring the USA

Ch. 8


The Fieldwork Catalogue

Ch. 9