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64. January-March 20
Quarterly Newsletter of the Landscape Observatory of Catalonia

The Dutch approach

Henk Baas
Historical geographer and head of the landscape department of the Dutch Cultural Heritage Agency (part of Ministry of Education, Culture and Science)

The Dutch landscape architect Adriaan Geuze said it very clearly: "we [the Dutch] are only good for two things: we make land, and then we paint it". Another quote in this context comes from the French author Michel Houellebecq . In his latest novel (Sérotonine) he says that "the Netherlands aren't a country, at the most they are a company of traders". With these two quotes in mind I will try to explain the Dutch approach to landscape, which is all about management of change, about adaption, adjusting, resilience and reshaping. [+]
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Roads, landscape and tourism
How can a road help us to recognise, culturally, socially and economically activate and disseminate the country’s landscape values? The Landscape Observatory of Catalonia has developed a proposal to enhance the relationship between landscape, roads and tourism. The document, which has been commissioned by the General Directorate of Tourism of the Catalan Ministry of Business and Knowledge, proposes a new perspective and a new model for Catalonia that strengthens the relationship between roads, landscape and tourism, with approaches that incorporate new ways of planning, use, governance and communication, and that promote responsible tourism and mobility models. It will be available on the Observatory's website soon. [+]
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Collaboration with the Government of Andorra to develop the Landscape Map of Andorra
On 9 December 2019, the General Director of the Environment and Sustainability of the Andorran Ministry of Environment, Agriculture and Sustainability, Sílvia Ferrer López, and the Director of the Landscape Observatory, Pere Sala i Martí, signed a collaboration agreement to develop the new Landscape Map of Andorra, which will be the basis for a new National Landscape Strategy for the country. Coordinated by the Observatory with the close collaboration of the Directorate General, the work is expected to be completed in autumn 2020. [+]
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Three European landscape documentation centers join forces to share publications and resources
The documentation centres of the Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche, of the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands and of the Landscape Observatory of Catalonia have joined forces and will work together to disseminate the respective centres, their activities, exchange their own publications and other documentation and share experiences and resources. Later, new European documentation centres could join this initiative.
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The cartographic bases of the landscape catalogues, available to the public
The cartographic bases of the landscape catalogues in editable format are now available on the Landscape Observatory’s website. Until now, they were only available upon request. This information can be read on the Observatory’s website, in the same list of the general mapping of each catalogue. Next to each map is the possibility to download the map in PDF format, as before, and the option to download the layers that are part of ArcGis in shape format has been added.
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Landscape and Image Biennnial Seminar: videogames
The second seminar on landscape and image, organised with Girona City Council’s Centre for Research and Dissemination of the Image and this year also with the active participation of the Catalan Ministry of Culture’s Catalan Institute of Cultural Companies, will be dedicated to video games and will take place on 14 and 15 May 2020, at the EspaiCaixa Auditorium, in Girona. Just one week before the seminar, on 8 May, a Game Jam, a meeting of people specialised in different disciplines in both the video game and landscape sectors will be held at the Mercè Cultural Centre in Girona in order to conceptually create a prototype applied to landscape management and planning.
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The Observatory participates in International Landscape Week in Chile
Several Latin American entities and institutions organised International Landscape Week 2019, which took place in Viña del Mar and Santiago de Chile from 3 to 9 November. One hundred and forty-five people from sixteen different countries attended. The Landscape Observatory of Catalonia was invited to participate, and its director, Pere Sala, delivered the talk “Living and producing in a quality environment” as part of the block “Landscape as a factor of development and equity”. [+]
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Gratitud (Gratitude) Pallars project
Promoted by the Marques de Pastor association and the Leader Consortium of the Western Pyrenees, the Gratitud project aims to strengthen the links between people (locals and visitors) and value of the landscape through approaches to protect the landscape and recover cultural heritage through different volunteer systems.
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Paisajes Pedagógicos (Pedagogical Landscapes) educational platform
The Paisajes Pedagógicos educational platform (http://www.plapp.edu.uy) is aimed at primary school students and is part of a research project on landscape perception by an interdisciplinary team from Uruguay. Digital photography, drone flying and participatory mapping are all used to encourage landscape analysis at different scales and from different approaches. The platform has several points of view with 360 degree vision and sensitive points with complementary information.
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Closes with the success of the exhibition 'Changing the air'
The artistic collective nyamnaym, located in Mieres (La Garrotxa), exhibited the project “Changing the air” in Casa Elizalde (Barcelona) in autumn 2019, where landscape, territory, memory and community have resonated between places and very diverse people. The exhibition project was accompanied by meetings, conversations and talks, among other activities. The director of the Observatory participated in the session “The landscapes of the new sublime” on 13 December 2019
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Map to view the photographs from the Landscape Observatory's Image Archive
The Image Archive offers a new research system consisting of a map displaying some geolocalised photos. This tool allows users to quickly view and locate background images. Work is underway to provide more and more geolocalised photos. The Archive is a dynamic tool for producing, sharing, disseminating and circulating images of the contemporary landscapes of Catalonia, where anyone upload images.
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The wineries of Penedès participate in the Penedès Landscape Catalogue
As part of the preparations for the Penedès Landscape Catalogue, on 14 October 2019 the Landscape Observatory called 25 wineries in the Penedès region to a workshop to specifically discuss three topics closely linked to wine: the uniqueness of the wine in the most mountainous areas of Penedès, the relationship between the vineyard and the urban space and the possibility of creating an instrument that makes it easier to  manage the agricultural landscape of Penedès. The results of the workshop will be very useful for tackling the final phase of the Penedès Landscape Catalogue. The workshop was developed in the Enològica building in Vilafranca del Penedès.
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Savingscapes project
The landscape Observatory is one of the partners of the Erasmus+ project called SAVINGSCAPES, which, like most Erasmus+ projects, aims to improve university education by giving students new skills. In this case, it focuses on the role of social movements and society in general in preserving and managing landscapes. The University of Eastern Finland (UEF) is the coordinator of this project, which will be developed between 2020 and 2022. The University of Girona, the Girona Provincial Council and universities and institutions in Finland, the Netherlands and Italy are also involved. The first coordination meeting took place on 7 and 8 November at the University of Girona.
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Fourth season of Paisatges Encreuats (Crossed Landscapes)
The recording of the fourth season of Paisatges Encreuats and its broadcast over the Internet, is planned for 2020. The Landscape Observatory has been advising on the creation of the Olot Televisió programme since 2018. The chapters are organised into landscape units and are structured based on interviews that present the landscapes of Catalonia and their values. You can see all the chapters here.
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The Landscape Observatory turns fifteen
On March 1, the fifteenth anniversary of the beginning of the activity of the Landscape Observatory of Catalonia, with headquarters in Olot, will be celebrated. It also coincides with the 20th anniversary of the European Landscape Convention and the 15th anniversary of the Landscape Law of Catalonia. In this regard, several initiatives are being prepared that will be announced soon.
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The monitoring commission of the Landscape Charter of the Conca de Barberà is constituted
A commission was created last October to guarantee application of the Charter agreements. The commission is an advisory body on the programming, coordination and control of policies in terms of territory, landscape and sustainability in the Conca de Barberà County Council. The Observatory sits on this commission together with the Regional Council, representatives of the town councils of the Conca de Barberà, other local institutions and representatives of various Catalan ministries. The Charter is expected to be signed in the first quarter of 2020. 
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Priorat holds the third edition of Landscape Day in Falset Castle
On 30 November 2019, Falset Castle hosted the third edition of Landscape Day. Organised by the Landscape and Sustainability Commission of Priorat-Montsant-Siurana, the event was intended to be a space for meeting, reflection and debate on everything that is being done in the region regarding the management of Priorat’s cultural landscape.
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North Coast 500
The North Coast 500 (NC500), powered by the North Highland Initiative (NHI) Tourism Project Board, combines breathtaking coastal landscapes and is an unprecedented tourist offer that has helped to re-launch and enhance the entire Scottish Highlands.
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Col·labora per paisatge
Col·labora x paisatge (Collaborate for the landscape) is a project promoted by ADRINOC and advised by the Landscape Observatory of Catalonia that aims to create rural development through elements that make up the landscape (dry stone constructions) while providing tools and means to people who will collaboratively promote economic activity.
Arxiu d'Imatges Heritage Landscapes
Jordi SalinasDani CodinaClàudia Misteli
Francesc MuntadaJordi GrauAdriana Olsina
Paisajes enmarcados. Misiones fotográficas europeas 1984-2019
Frits Gierstberg. Madrid:Museo ICO. ISBN: 978-84-936568-9-8.

Exhibition catalogue that gathers eigth photographic missions carried out in Europe in the early 1980s. Many of the most important photographers of the second half of the 20th century participated in these projects, who reflect on landscapes in transformation through their work.
La Enseñanza e Investigación del Paisaje en Argentina
Lucas Períes (ed.) Córdoba : Universidad Católica de Córdoba, 2019. ISBN: 978 -987 -47318-2-1. Available here.

Collection of the talks delivered in the seminar of the same name where the main theme was landscape as a source of knowledge of the territory, as heritage and identity, a promoter of economies and a foundation for quality of life.
Recollecting Landscapes. Rephotography, Memory and Transformation 1904-1980-2004-2014
Bruno Notteboom, Pieter Uyttenhove (eds.). Amsterdam: Roma Publications, 2019. ISBN: 978-949281-117-2.

The book collects four series of photographs taken by four different people in different years, in the same landscapes in the northern part of Belgium, mostly in Flanders. These series are considered part of a “chronophotographic” collection that details the transformation of the landscapes in the area.
Peoplescape configuración spaziali di paesaggi collecttivi
Giovanna Vadalà. Melfi: Libria, 2019. ISBN: 978-88-6764-158-1.

The Peoplescapes project is part of the European Landscape Convention and aims to study the areas of relation between public space and the inhabitants. It seeks to identify a strategy for the urban space oriented towards social and collective values that determine their quality and success, even if they may be intangible.
Catálogo de paisaje del Parque Sarmiento de la ciudad de Córdoba
Lucas Períes, Cecilia Kesman, Silvina Barraud. Córdoba: EDUCC, 2019. ISBN: 978-987-626-421-1.

This book presents the results of the research carried out in the emblematic Sarmiento Park in Córdoba (Argentina). It applies an unpublished procedure created by the authors themselves in order to determine the type of value of the landscape and to determine its quality so we may formulate actions for its protection and sustainable development. Further information here.
Priorat en persona. Diccionari literari d'un paisatge excepcional
Alella: Vibop Edicions, 2019. (Envinats; 7). ISBN: 978-84-120309-0-7.

To celebrate the 10th anninversary of the project Priorat en Persona (Priorat in Person), which links literature with the landscape of this region, this book is a selection of texts by the 29 authors who have been involved in Priorat en Persona and have left their literary imprint.
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