Greenness is landscape
Writer and journalist, awarded with the Cross of Sant Jordi 2005 of the Government of Catalonia
My whole body had been assailed by curiosity for some days, but I had been smothered by the pressure of work, without a second for myself. What's more, domestic life, which I have always enjoyed, was stifling me. I had for days been wanting to touch the books, all those things that Aunt Diana had left me, which sat there silently, expectantly, in her library, that quadrangular room with Pompeian paintings of faded tree leaves on the walls, which opened up onto a terrace in the garden of my grandparents' family house.
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Ets part del paisatge. Participa: consultation through the web on the landscape catalogue of the Regió Metropolitana de Barcelona
The Landscape Observatory of Catalonia has opened the web Ets part del paisatge. Participa (You are part of the landscape. Participate) for public consultation over the landscape catalogue of the Regió Metropolitana de Barcelona, one of the five which are now being prepared. Consultation is one of the tools used by the Landscape Observatory of Catalonia to involve society in the management and planning of the landscape. The consultation will remain open until 31 October this year. As a gift, the people who complete the questions can download a screensaver for the computer with pictures of the landscapes in these territories.
The Landscape Observatory creates a new digital dossier on outstanding heritage trees
The Landscape Observatory of Catalonia has created a new digital dossier entitled Outstanding heritage trees, which can be consulted in Catalan, Spanish, English and French. The purpose of the new dossier is to disseminate the existence and the ecological, historical and symbolic importance of unique and monumental trees existing in landscapes around the world. The dossier also seeks to collect, classify, arrange and make available to the public, in a simple way, initiatives, centres, institutions, news and books on unique and monumental trees in Catalonia and on a international level. The dossier is designed to be useful both to specialists and to the public in general, and will be increased and updated regularly. This is the second digital dossier created by the Observatory. The first was devoted to dry stone landscapes and even now others are being prepared on various topics.
Presentation of the book SIT Manresa, Territorial Interpretation Service
On 5 June last, the building La Pedrera (Barcelona), was the setting for presentation of the book SIT Manresa, Territorial Interpretation Service, published by Sitesize, and available in Catalan and English. The texts included bring together a group of collaborations and synergies of people from the ambits in which cultural and artistic work on the territory finds its best complement: geography, landscape, public participation, the management of knowledge, teaching, cultural management, etc. Sitesize is a platform for collaborative projects around the contemporary metropolis which, since 2002, has been undertaking specific works of cultural creation and mediation in the metropolitan region of Barcelona, in order to evaluate the present and future transformation of the area.
Information sessions and participative workshops for the landscape catalogues of the Comarques Centrals and Terres de l'Ebre
During June, the Landscape Observatory of Catalonia organised various informative sessions relating to the preparation of the landscape catalogues of Catalonia, specifically those of the Comarques Centrals and Terres de l'Ebre. In relation to the Landscape Catalogue of the Comarques Centrals, there were five sessions for information and debate, organised jointly with the General Directorate of Citizen Participation of the Government of Catalonia. These sessions were arranged with the objective of making the public aware of the preliminary works for the Landscape Catalogue of the Comarques Centrals and to encourage people to identify and characterise the landscapes of their territory. With regard to the Landscape Catalogue of Terres de l'Ebre, six territorial workshops for debate were held, organised by the Institute for Development of the Ebro District (IDECE), the Landscape Observatory of Catalonia, the Consortium of Agro-environmental Services of Baix-Ebre-Montsià (CODE), and the Pre-departmental Geography Unit of the Rovira i Virgili University. These workshops were intended to be a space for communication of the results drawn from the first phase of the participation process and the first conclusions obtained by the technical drafting team of the Terres de l'Ebre Landscape Catalogue. Those attending also debated on what the future strategies should be for the landscapes of Terres de l'Ebre.
Conclusions of the Seminar Rurbanisation: New Urban Dynamics in the Rural Environment
On Wednesday 5 March, a seminar took place in Barcelona under the title Rurbanisation: New Urban Dynamics in the Rural Environnement with the idea of opening an interdisciplinary debate on the changes happening in rural landscapes. Experts from different disciplines, such as geography, the environment, political sciences, sociology and social anthropology, members of associations for the defence of the territory and other social movements, and representatives of different levels of the Public Authorities, all debated on the future of the territory and these landscapes. The seminar was organised jointly by the Observatory of Urbanization of the Geography Department of the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the Geography Department of the University of Santiago de Compostela, with the collaboration of the Fundació Canadà, the Canadian Studies Centre of Barcelona University and the General Directorate of Tourism of the Government of Galicia. You can consult the conclusions here.
Web created as a result of the Paysages Enchantier research program undertaken by Les Badauds Associés (LBA) in 2003. They perform different landscape related projects with the most outstanding being the landscape observatory of the city of Malakoff (Paris) and a series of three-dimensional landscapes which include sound.
A non-profit-making entity which has worked since 2002 to promote the use of landscape as a criterion in town and country planning.
PUBLICATIONS OF INTEREST
Atlas des Paysages de Wallonie: l'Entre-Vesdre et Meuse
Godart, Marie-Françoise; Teller, Jacques (dir.). Namur: Conférence Permanente du Développement Territorial, 2007. ISBN: 2-87-401-223-8.
This is the first volume of the Walloon Landscape Atlas, a document conceived as a tool for knowledge, sensitisation and management of the landscape. Accessible to a broad public, from the curious individual or lover of the region, to the politicians in charge and associated agents. Available here.
Fifth meeting of the workshops of the Council of Europe for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention proceedings: Landscape quality objectives: from theory to practice.
Strasbourg: Council of Europe Publishing, 2007.
Collection of papers from the Fifth meeting of the workshops for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention, held in Girona. The meeting debated on the definition of landscape quality objectives and the implementation of landscape policies in local, regional and state ambits.
Guia dels polígons industrials i sectors d'activitat econòmica
Barcelona: Departament de Política Territorial i Obres Públiques, 2007. (Guia d'integració paisatgística; 1). ISBN: 978-84-393-7571-5.
This guide seeks to promote landscape integration of industrial areas of Catalonia, especially industrial estates and economic activity sectors. It supplies some useful criteria and guidelines for the processes of planning, projecting and introducing this type of area into the landscape, in a way that respects the landscape values of the place. Available here.
Publications can be found in the documentation centre of the Landscape Observatory.
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