Ethic for the Landscape

When environment is something more than a group of factors and parameters, when we sometimes enjoy the landscape or the nature just as a merchandise, when we talk about tourism or about natural parks as theme parks, when we talk about the forgotten landscapes of the outskirts…has not the ideas changed enough in its use, the values and management of the ground so that have to give a new name to the elements of the landscape, the tools to contemplate it, or to make it? (…)

It is an ethic for the landscape necessary?

What “makes up” the landscape, what defines this presence that insists on appearing? In the Great Wall of China separates territories so far away from each other that what it does is to define them. In the definition of the hermeneutics as “understanding” of the text to make possible the human participation in the construction of the world. In the construction of the human landscape.

Talking about transgressions, I was reading the quote of Adorno in a short story of Kafka. The story of the man that waits in front of a door: the law has a door and the door a doorman. A man arrives and asks him to let him go in. The doorman answers that at the moment he cannot let him go in. The man waits and when he was very old and almost blind, he asks again why is the door open or why it is open when nobody has crossed in all that time. The answer is that the door is just for him and, indeed, the doorman thinks he will have to close it soon.

I think about the definition of this other world that was born separated from the architecture – the vacuum full of meanings and the other things that make up the environment: trees, plants, animals, wind, the sun… that contrasts it because of the construction of the city or of the strip surrounding the buildings, gardens, roofs… I think about streets, roads and motorways. We should study how its “nature” as a constructing way and after that, explore the nature of the transgressions that take place between both worlds to create complicities, to accept each other. Is not that sustainability?

Rosa Barba i Casanovas, Designing…In which Landscape? (2000)

Jacques Simon + JNC INTERNATIONAL et alt., River Deule Park, (1996-)


Discovery and Revision

Each vision of a landscape is in reality a discovery and a revision or a landscape it is never complete and comes to us after many readings to head another incomplete series.

We could say: “He also thought to identify planted trees that he would not be able to name, because of his direct knowledge of the campaign was glutted inferior to his knowledge and nostalgic and literary“.

The landscape appears like a field of tensions between individuals and collective aspirations, like a place that generates an, alphabet to express and where to find a point of view. For some, landscape only existed and exists in paintings, the photographies or texts that taught them how to represent it. However, the beauty of landscape in some way is redundant for having something unforgettable; it melts unconsciously in the collective and individual memory.

Rosa Barba i Casanovas, Arguments for the Landscape Project (1995)

Jordi Bellmunt + Agata Buscemi + B2B Arq, Salou Long Beach (2001)


Layers of Desires, Wills, and Actions

The landscapes are built by layers of desires, wills, and actions: and fight to stay, between the wear and tear from the weather and the momentum of major catastrophes and minor ones though this memory that legitimates them in images. That is why each landscape has the imprint of the one who has preceded it and leaves for the future the signs of the cultures that have gone through it or have appropriated it. Somehow, each project responds to a previous spatial structure that “walks”, and that predictably behaves with its own autonomy, with limited reaction capacity.

Gustav Lange, Mauerpark (1994)