Total Landscape refers to a description by Rolf Peter Sieferle of the increasingly homogeneous and artificial appearance of the landscape. He describes this new generic landscape as appearing independently from the distinct characteristics of a certain territorial structure.
On the other hand the title Total Landscape, as opposed to urban landscape or natural landscape, also alludes to an approach to architecture that includes the entire complexity of a territorial structure in its scope.
Herning, with its large industrial developments, surrounding suburban settlements and the peripheral highway in many ways represent exactly the generic, uniform landscape described by Sieferle. To challenge this perception of Herning, the project analyzes the characteristics of Herning's landscape structure to explore the potential of allowing its distinct features to increasingly guide and define the future development of Herning.