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Landscapes and transitions: responses across Europe

To meet the actors who have committed their territory to a new dynamic based on their landscapes

Mathilde Kempf, Armel Lagadec

To analyse, across Europe, experiences of territories engaged in landscape approaches that have guided, harmonised and facilitated a societal project of ecological transition.

The study was carried out by the Collectif Paysages de l’après-pétrole, which entrusted the identification of the experiences, the organisation of field visits, and the content and layout of the work to Armelle Lagadec and Mathilde Kempf, both architects and urban planners.

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The aim of this case study of European «  landscape solutions  » is to:

  • to show concretely that post-oil landscapes are not just another theory, costly and complicated, but a constructive and operational field reality that is fully in line with current issues of societal, energy and ecological transitions ;

  • to contribute to local or national reflections on landscape action, through knowledge and analysis of proven experiments ;

  • to link up with networks acting at the European level on themes related to transition issues, by showing our specificity and complementarities. These contacts can foster a better mutual knowledge, allowing to envisage common actions and to share in-depth knowledge and achievements ;

  • to support and reinforce the principles of the manifesto that underpins the action of the Post-Oil Landscapes Collective, by highlighting the methodologies implemented in the field that make significant contributions to the challenges of a decarbonised society, by illustrating the general statements of post-oil landscapes through experiments carried out in territories in transition, and by focusing on the evolution of lifestyles in a number of areas of everyday life and behaviour.

The 7 cases analysed are :

  • Anthisnes (Belgium) : a rural commune which builds its development over time, in networks and starting from the needs expressed by the inhabitants.

  • Mont-Soleil Mont-Crosin (Switzerland) : landscapes modified by the energy transition of the territory, source of partnerships and new local projects

  • Bassin minier (France) : a post-coal territory that looks back to develop and regain pride in a place where neglect dominated.

  • Priorat (Spain) : a forgotten territory that is being rebuilt with its inhabitants, based on its know-how and its landscapes.

  • South Milan (Italy) : a metropolitan area that protects its agriculture, landscapes and heritage, and develops a new economy, a shared culture and partnerships with city dwellers.

  • Vordewald (Austria) : an architectural and landscape revolution which is multiplying to implement transitions at all scales, on all subjects, with all the actors involved.

  • Beckerich (Luxembourg) : a rural commune that wants to regain energy autonomy, relies on its heritage and co-constructs its sustainable development with the inhabitants.

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