Jose Manuel Vidal
Architect, coordinator of Paisea
What is published in Spain and Europe on the subject of landscapes? What are specialised landscape journals and collections of books on the landscape like? What is their philosophy? Who are they intended for? Is there some relationship between theory and practice in the media published on the topics of the landscape and landscaping? Do these journals and collections of books have any influence on the community's perception of its landscapes?
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Training the trainers for the 'City, territory, landscape' project
The headquarters of the Department of Education was the venue of a seminar to present the materials to be used for the "City, Territory, Landscape" project to secondary school teachers, most of them social science and experimental science teachers, on 11 March. This meeting with the authors of the project, Roser Batllori and Joan M. Serra, was designed to introduce the project materials, which have recently been delivered to all Catalonia's schools. They are practical, attractive materials that educate through social interaction in the classroom, many of the activities being designed for pupils to work in cooperation. Among its functions, it encourages cooperative group work and the use of information and communications technology through activities on the project's website: http://www.catpaisatge.net/educacio/.
International Congress on Regional and Urban Planning and the Landscape
The Central Institute of Physical Planning of Havana is organising the 8th International Congress on Regional and Urban Planning, to take place between 14 and 18 September 2009 at the Palacio de Congresos in Havana. The main theme of this Congress is "The territory and human settlements faced with the environmental, social and economic challenges of the 21st century. The contribution of territorial and town planning to sustainable development". The purpose of this Congress is to exchange ideas and innovative experiences about the evolution, trends and physical and special scenarios in territories and human settlements, and to make an active contribution to the theory and practice of territorial and town planning, and its contribution to economic, social, environmental and cultural development. More information here..
Atlas of the landscapes of Murcia
The Atlas de los paisajes de la region de Murcia (Atlas of the landscapes of the region of Murcia), published by the Council of Public Works and Regional Planning of Murcia was presented on 18 February. This document is a compilation of studies that analyses, diagnose and make proposals regarding the landscape carried out at district level by the regional government since 2001, and which nowadays, cover the entire territory of the Region of Murcia; as well as introducing a new perspective that highlights and broadcasts the variety and wealth of the landscapes of Murcia. During the seminar, which took place on 5 March, the councillor for Public Works and Regional Planning, José Ballesta, announced that the conclusions of the studies, which are outstanding for their technical and scientific value, will be incorporated in the territorial planning guidelines being developed by the council he chairs.
El Atlas de los paisajes de la región de Murcia has also been published in digital format.
Style book of the roads of Catalonia
The Department of Territorial Policy and Public Works of the Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Regional Government) and public company GISA has published the Llibre d'estil de les carreteres catalanes (Style book of the roads of Catalonia). Through an analysis of the current road network, this book approaches a set of criteria and design proposals for the development of the road network by the Regional Government. The book was born of the desire to contribute to a more harmonious relationship between the territory and the road, and to improve the services offered by roads to the community. This document, translated to Castilian Spanish and English, is specifically aimed at designers and technicians who participate in the construction, management and exploitation of roads, and will serve as a guide for the Department of Territorial Policy and Public Works so that the roads of Catalonia become a symbol of good management of the elements of which they comprise and their integration in the environment.
The book is avaibable here.
Landscape & citizens
An association that works to create a network of people interested in landscape and its problems and advocates for the Swedish ratification of the European Agreement on Landscape.
Lifescape your Landscape
A European project that explores new ways of making use of the rural landscape while preserving its beauty and its historic and cultural values. It now has 14 partners from five different countries.
PUBLICATIONS OF INTEREST
L'Empordŕ de Josep Pla
Paül, Valeriŕ; Tort, Joan. Barcelona: Publicacions de l'Abadia de Montserrat, 2009. ISBN: 978-84-9883-094-1.
This book approaches the landscapes of Empordŕ through the work of writer Josep Pla. The authors offer a painstaking selection of geographical sites and areas, with particular emphasis placed on large landscape units habitually dealt with by the writer.
Valores culturales y espirituales de los paisajes protegidos
Mallarach, Josep Maria (coord.). Eschborn: GTZ; Gland:UICN; Barcelona: Obra Social de Caixa Catalunya, 2008.
This publication presents eighteen case studies from around the world, chosen because they are representative and significant, that illustrate the role of protected landscapes in the maintenance of cultural and spiritual values and the practical knowledge related to these values. It can be consulted here.
Miradas sobre el paisaje
Martínez de Pizón, Eduardo. Madrid: Biblioteca Nueva, 2009. ISBN: 978-84-9742-908-5.
With a perspective that is both personal and at the same time filtered by the perspective and understanding of the geographer, the author carries out a multiple intellectual exercise with the objective of capturing, understanding and explaining real landscapes, in other words, the place and their images through their configurations and representations.
Publications can be found in the documentation centre of the Landscape Observatory.
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