The potential to improve learning is amazing and something we can not neglect. Th time for social conscious problem solving is now and can be attained more effectively through global collaboration in multi-disciplinary design teams. I want to transfer this approach and Rebuild Education by Design (RED). In Geography we are used to having this multi-disciplinary approach and T-type of thinking and we can use this to connect the generalists and specialists in the world.

Adam Lenaarts


I am really interested in remixing the historical and spatial dimensions. I love to take stuff to the next thing. So where an archeologist (someone who investigates human history) might stop, I might pick it up and extend it. I did this for my place of birth, Alkmaar, The Netherlands. By looking at the archeological record from the perspective of a geologist I was able to determine the site (characteristics of a place itself) and the situation (characteristics of a place in relation to the wider surroundings) and come up with some wonderful new ideas and explanations. Read more here.

This provides a perfect example of the multi-disciplinary approach in Geography. The geologist (physical geography) is more STEM-oriented i.e. hydrology and soil-type interlink species found in a region, thus biological and chemical knowledge is mixed with the bodies of knowledge found in physics. The archeologist (social geography) is oriented on human perspectives and geopolitical and economic power is placed in a temporal field that explains today's cultural heritage.