Founder and Coordinator, Landscape Alliance Ireland
One night, five years ago, my old Opel Ascona was stolen from the street right in front of my house. The following morning, when I stepped out to go to work, I was left bewildered by the empty space where my car had been, not understanding what could have happened to it since the previous afternoon. The image of the car in my mind could almost fill the space, but the car was no longer there. It had disappeared!
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Results from the Sound Landscapes of Catalonia Seminar
The Sound Landscapes of Catalonia Seminar was organised jointly by the Fundaciˇ Bosch i Gimpera/University of Barcelona Innovation Centre and the Observatori del Paisatge de Catalunya and held on 11th December at the Barcelona Contemporary Culture Centre. The Seminar attracted more than 200 participants primarily from Catalonia, interested in finding out about the most noteworthy experiences in Catalonia regarding sound landscapes. The great interest sparked by this seminar led us to publish the presentations in a book, the first of the Observatori's new collection called Documents to be published in 2009.
Catalonia participates in the First Tuscan Landscape Biennial
Last November, Catalonia was the guest of honour at the First Tuscan Landscape Biennial held in Florence with more than 500 participants from around Europe. The objective of this first edition was to bring together Italian and other European experts on landscape management to study good public administration practices. Their aim is to safeguard, protect, and develop their respective territories within the framework of the European Landscape Convention. Both Catalonia and Tuscany are two regions that take landscape into account when managing and planning their territories. For this reason, representatives from the two regions' territorial planning administrations met to share their experiences when applying the European Landscape Convention principles. For further information, click here.
Dry-stone in the Baix Ebre and MontsiÓ Regions
Due to the scope and value of dry-stone architecture found in the rural landscapes of the Baix Ebre and MontsiÓ regions and given the threats and opportunities implied, several entities (the Catalan Illustrious College of Architects for l'Ebre province, the Baix Ebre Regional Council, the MontsiÓ Regional Council, the Agro-environmental Services Consortia of Baix Ebre and MontsiÓ, the Department of the Environment and Housing, the Department of Agriculture, the Autonomous University of Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology and └mbit Rural-Uniˇ de Pagesos) have launched an initiative to find out more about and identify this landscape, its value and uses. The initiative's aim is to inform about this landscape and propose future tools for its protection. These tools should serve to preserve this landscape and its value, while bearing in mind the developmental needs of the local area and the population's quality of life. Two specific studies were carried out: El paisatge agrari de la pedra en sec a la comarca del Baix Ebre (2004) (The Agrarian Dry-stone Landscape in the Baix Ebre Region) and Inventari de construccions de pedra en sec a la comarca del MontsiÓ (2006) (Inventory of Dry-stone Construction in the MontsiÓ Region). You can consult the catalogue of this unique architecture in Baix Ebre and MontsiÓ via the following website.
Landscape in the Campania Regional Territorial Plan
The Regional Council of Campania (Italy) recently approved its Regional Territorial Plan, a document of reference for territorial planning in the region. The novel items in this Plan integrate landscape directly in territorial planning and this is done in accordance with the European Landscape Convention, as occurs in Catalonia. In this sense, the planning process incorporates participation by all the implied agents in said region.
The Plan has to help identify the region's environmental, historic and landscape resources, define local development strategies and establish recommendations for provincial, local and industry planning to be consistent with the Campania landscape protection and management objectives. For further information, click here.
'La forša del paisatge' (The power of the landscape)
Dossier of the Revista de Girona corresponding to No. 250 (September-October 2008). This dossier, coordinated by Anna Ribas, geographer of the University of Girona, places special emphasis on the work for the development of the Landscape Catalogue of the Regions of Girona and the Landscape Charter of the Valley of Camprodon, among others initiatives in the field of landscape planning and education.
A photographic archive of current and historical Belgian landscapes, it uses an interactive map to show us the changes taking place from 1904 to 2004.
Instituto del Paisaje. Fundaciˇn Duques de Soria
This Landscape Institute was founded in 1999 by the Fundaciˇn Duques de Soria. It organises well-known seminars every summer in Soria with landscape as their central theme. The Institute also has an ample collection of documents on landscape, the majority of which are the result of said seminars.
PUBLICATIONS OF INTEREST
Kolb, David. Georgia: University of Georgia Press, 2008. ISBN: 978-0-8203-2988-8.
This book describes various contemporary spaces such as airports, parking facilities, theme parks, banal residential developments and other similar spaces and suggests new ways to interact with them, all the while questioning the "non-place" concept. This work is part of a broader project which includes a website.
Jakob, Michael. Gollion: Infolio, 2008. ISBN: 978-2-88474-038-8.
This work provides a general reflection on the concept of landscape, going beyond traditional analyses.
Gestiˇn del paisaje
Busquets, Jaume; Cortina, Albert (coords.). Barcelona: Ariel, 2008. ISBN: 978-84-344-2890-4.
This book offers to professionals, technicians, public officials and university students a comprehensive and consistent body of theoretical and applied knowledge, which covers all stages of landscape management processes, from the definition of basic concepts to the methods and its implementation through case studies.
Publications can be found in the documentation centre of the Landscape Observatory.
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