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78. July-Septembre 23
Quarterly Newsletter of the Landscape Observatory of Catalonia

As perceived by the population… beyond the senses

Silvia Fernández Cacho
Head of the Landscape Laboratory of the Andalusian Institute of Historical Heritage

After the publication of the Council of Europe Convention on Landscape in 2000 and the importance it gives to perceptual aspects, landscape programmes, projects and actions began to incorporate them in varying degrees of detail to guide their formulation, implementation and/or evaluation.

In most cases, the analysis of perceptions has focused on factors that can be captured through the senses, and especially via sight, such as colours, volumes, composition, textures, the visual field and others. [+]
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The international seminar ‘Communities and Peripheries' is ready to start
The international seminar ‘Communities and Peripheries’, which will be held in A Fonsagrada in Galicia, Spain from 19 to 22 September 2023, emerges as a new space to continue developing some of the ideas raised at the seminar ‘Ruinas y Descampados’ (‘Ruins and Waste Grounds’), which took place in Morille in September 2022. While this first seminar focused on landscapes forgotten and ruined by progress, here the same problem will be addressed from a social point of view: namely, how human communities inhabit and transform these landscapes. Round table discussions will be held throughout the seminar in which experts in art, culture, philosophy and geography will think about these issues. The seminar will also include complementary activities, such as a workshop on hospitality and guided tours of the area.
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Good reception of the seminar ‘How to create resilient agroforestry landscapes' in Girona
On 13 June 2023, over 80 people attended the seminar ‘How to create resilient agroforestry landscapes’, organised by the Forest Chair of the University of Girona and the Landscape Observatory in Girona. The speakers at the seminar presented strategies to create productive agroforestry landscapes adapted to climate change and discussed various experiences of good forest management in Catalonia. In the afternoon, a field trip was made to the Can Vilallonga de Cassà de la Selva forestry estate, where the participants could see the agro-sylvo-pastoral mosaic, resilient in the face of the climate crisis. Here you can consult the presentations of the seminar.
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The videos of the seminar ‘Governing the landscape for spatial planning' are now available
If you missed the seminar that was held at the Catalan Ministry of Territory on 26 and 27 April, or you want to review its content, you now have the videos available with the original audio of the presentation at the Observatory’s Vimeo account. Organised jointly with the General Directorate of Spatial Planning, Urban Development and Architecture, the seminar aimed to explore new methodologies, tools and instruments to position the landscape as a central element of spatial planning and was structured in four thematic blocks. The first two dealt with the themes of ‘Capturing the character of the place’ and ‘Emerging cartographies’. The last two were dedicated to ‘Spatial planning through the landscape’ and ‘Governing the landscape’. The seminar brought together 80 attendees in person and 40 attendees online, with people from various parts of Europe and Latin America participating.
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The ‘Theory and landscape' collection has been presented at the University of Florence
As part of the international event ‘Passaggi | Paesaggi’, organised by the University of Florence, the collection of books ‘Theory and landscape’ was presented on 26 May 2023. The collection is made up of three volumes and is co-published by the Landscape Observatory of Catalonia and Pompeu Fabra University. The event also featured the director and manager of the Landscape Observatory’s Documentation Centre, who explained the work and background of the Observatory, the Documentation Centre, the image archive and the Observatory’s publications.
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Content of the event ‘Landscape as a tool for interpreting the territory of Navarre'
The event ‘Landscape as a tool for interpreting the territory of Navarre’, organised by the Navarrese Ministry of Spatial Planning, Housing, Landscape and Strategic Projects, was held on Tuesday, 7 March 2023 in Pamplona. The event was informative and aimed to show some advanced content that will serve as a basis in the future to approach territorial management from the perspective of landscape analysis and management in accordance with the postulates of the European Landscape Convention. The full recording is on the government of Navarre’s YouTube channel. It can also be viewed at the Landscape Portal of Navarre.
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Exhibition ‘RECUPERATIO – Remarkable heritage achievements from across Europe'
An exhibition about the winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2022, including Wikipedra, is travelling to three locations in Romania from April to September 2023. The ‘RECUPERATIO’ exhibition presents a selection of remarkable and varied initiatives that have responsibly, carefully and creatively recovered heritage from all over Europe. The first part of the exhibition shows the winning projects of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2022. The second part presents 10 exemplary projects from Romania. The exhibition is travelling to three locations: it will be held at the Timiș County Council Hall in Timișoara from 20 to 30 April 2023, at the ‘Ion Mincu’ University of Architecture and Urban Planning in Bucharest from 5 to 25 May 2023 and at the Piscu Museum and Workshop School from 3 June to 30 September.
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The Giulio Andreolli Fare Paesaggio Award gives an honourable mention to a project that links landscape and energy
Promoted by the Landscape Observatory of the Province of Trent, which evaluates projects and initiatives in the Alpine territory, the award has given an honourable mention to a hydroelectric energy project in the Swiss canton of Grisons. The project consists of increasing the efficiency of the hydroelectric energy production of two lakes with a pumped storage system that will allow production to be regulated based on energy demand. The jury has valued the previous participatory process in which the local population, the public administration, environmental organisations and the company took part, which has made it possible to reach agreements to reduce and offset the project’s impact on the landscape and the environment.
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Landscape Geography and Collaborative Knowledge Creation - MOOC :
Landscapes are much more than just visual sceneries. Instead, they are environments for dialog between nature and culture. In this online course offered by the Erasmus+ project SavingScapes, in which the Observatoy has been involved, you will learn about collaborative knowledge creation and civic engagement in the field of landscape governance. Course topics offer you insights into landscape governance, sustainable landscapes, civic engagement, and collaborative knowledge creation in the context of natural and cultural landscape. You will also learn how cooperation between stakeholders, actors and citizens works with real world examples from different countries. MOOC is open for everybody and it can be found here.
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Ecosistema Cultura Territorio
Arxiu d'Imatges agroforestry landscapes
Jordi SalinasAnna JiménezJordi Salinas
Francesc MuntadaJ. Antoni FernandezJordi Bas
Rafael López-MonnéJordi GrauJúlia Viejobueno
Jordi BasJordi SalinasJordi Grau
Jordi GrauÀngela LlopOriol Clavera
Angie RugelesJordi SalinasSara Boldú
Àngela LlopFrancesc MuntadaJordi Salinas
La Catalunya dels artistes: 20 paisatges que van inspirar 20 artistes
Bes Lozano, Jordi; Farran Llorca, Aure. Barcelona: Viena Edicions, 2022. ISBN: 978-84-18908-75-0.

Journalists Jordi Bes Lozano and Aure Farran Llorca take us on a journey through 20 Catalan landscapes that inspired and shaped the creations of great artists in painting, architecture and sculpture, including names that deserve more attention. Their work gives a new perspective to familiar territories and promotes artwork that is not always well known at the same time.
Urbanismo regenerativo: Santander, Hábitat Futuro
Landlab, laboratorio de paisajes; Paisaje Transversal. Barcelona: Actar, 2023. ISBN: 978-1-63840-102-5.

This book is a guide that aims to strike a balance between the city and the territory based on the design of a city model 'Hábitat Futuro' (Future Habitat) leading the different social, economic and political actors to create circular, sustainable, resilient, ordered, prosperous, vital and inclusive cities.
Survey Barcelona una mirada fotogràfica sobre les transformacions de la ciutat, 2015-2023
Goula, Adrià. Barcelona: Ajuntament de Barcelona, 2023. ISBN: 978-84-9156-462-1.

This publication is a collection of photographs that illustrate the transformations that the city of Barcelona underwent between 2015 and 2023. The project is divided into two volumes that complement each other. In the first, 10 photographers provide personal testimonies to the changes they have seen and the second explains Barcelona’s city projects and new urban development.
Pons, Espe. Barcelona: Espe Pons, 2023. ISBN: 978-84-09-50329-2.

This book is a collection of photographs devoted to the landscapes that were marked during the Spanish Civil War and the subsequent crackdown on dissent. It helps us to observe our everyday environment from another point of view, raising our awareness of the history of the landscape and giving way to personal suggestions that lead to free interpretation.
Metodologias para el estudio y conservación del patrimonio paisajístico
Arosemena, Graciela; García, Elizabeth (comp.). Panamá: Secretaría Nacional de Ciencia Tecnología e Innovación, 2023. ISBN: 978-9962-17-477-6. Available here.

This book contains summaries of the papers presented at the seminar ‘Development of innovative methodologies and techniques in the documentation, valuation and protection of landscape heritage’, held in 2022. The aim was to study the tools to identify the landscape’s environmental, cultural and historical values and to establish responses to the recovery, conservation and protection of landscape heritage. Pere Sala i Martí, the director of the Landscape Observatory of Catalonia, participated in both the seminar and the book.
Paisajes Culturales en Chile . Revista IDentitades: territorio proyecto y patrimonio
Fiallo, Carolina; Pesoa, Melisa; Sabaté, Joaquín (ed.). Núm. 11. Available here.

In this issue of the journal Identitades, the International Cultural Landscape Laboratory of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia promotes reflection on some potential cultural landscapes representative of the memory and identity of Chile. Pere Sala i Martí wrote the foreword to this issue.
Paisajes culturales y percepciones sociales
Fernández Cacho, Sílvia; Durán Salado, Isabel (coord.). Sevilla: Consejería de Turismo, Cultura y Deporte de la Junta de Andalucía, 2022. ISBN: 978-84-9959-441-5. Available here

This monograph is composed of a set of contributions on the social perception of landscapes, in general, and cultural ones, in particular, including one entitled ‘Integrar la percepción del paisaje. La experiencia del Observatorio del Paisaje de Cataluña’ (‘Integrating the perception of the landscape: the experience of the Landscape Observatory of Catalonia’) by Pere Sala i Martí, the director of the Observatory. The publication is part of the scheduled activities of the PAYSOC project (Paisatge i societat. Anàlisi de la percepció social en paisatges culturals).
Paesaggio e società. Una prospettiva geografica
Castiglioni, Benedetta. Roma: Carocci editore, 2022. ISBN: 978-88-290-1672-3.

This book starts from the idea that it is not possible to deal with landscapes without considering the people and social groups that inhabit them, observe them and modify them directly or indirectly. Moreover, interaction with the landscape is part of everyone’s experience and a component of the dynamics of each social group. Considering the landscape as a tool for geographical interpretation and planning conscious actions towards sustainability, the text provides an overview to understand the plurality characterising each discourse on the landscape and to grasp its complexity.
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