This paper investigates the idea of cultivated wildness at the intersection
of landscape design and artificial intelligence. The paper posits that
contemporary landscape practices should overcome the potentially single
understanding on wilderness, and instead explore landscape strategies to
cultivate new forms of wild places via ideas and concerns in contemporary
Environmental Humanities, Science and Technology Studies, Ecological Sciences,
and Landscape Architecture. Drawing cases in environmental engineering,
computer science, and landscape architecture research, this paper explores a
framework to construct wild places with intelligent machines. In this
framework, machines are not understood as a layer of “digital infrastructure”
that is used to extend localized human intelligence and agency. Rather machines
are conceptualized as active agents who can participate in the intelligence of
co-production. Recent developments in cybernetic technologies such as sensing
networks, artificial intelligence, and cyberphysical systems can also
contribute to establishing the framework. At the heart of this framework is
“technodiversity,” in parallel with biodiversity, since a singular vision on
technological development driven by optimization and efficiency reinforces a
monocultural approach that eliminates other possible relationships to construct
with the environment. Thus, cultivated wildness is also about recognizing
“wildness” in machines.

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Zihao Zhang, Bradley Cantrell