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See detailProposal for a “Landscape Laboratory” in the Meuse Valley in Liège (Belgium)
Szanto, Catherine ULg; Occhiuto, Rita ULg

Conference (2014, June 12)

In an article untitled „Landscape Laboratory as a Scandinavian Concept“, R. Gustavsson describes the experiment he set up in the 1990s at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Alnarp. The ... [more ▼]

In an article untitled „Landscape Laboratory as a Scandinavian Concept“, R. Gustavsson describes the experiment he set up in the 1990s at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Alnarp. The Landscape Laboratory is an ongoing full scale afforestation experiment that brings together the different theoretical and practical traditions of forestry, ecology and landscape architecture. It is based on the epistemological paradigm of case study analysis, and involves “slow learning”, combining design and management, in phase with the living processes it studies. As such, it is necessarily open, responsive to the site-specific dynamics that it started and accompanies through time. By introducing the idea of “creative management”, it proposes a time-based conceptual framework that can be used in the on-going study and experimentation of different urban and landscape issues. The idea was taken on in projects in different contexts in Scandinavia and elsewhere in Europe. The research led by the unit “Ville-Territoire-Paysage” (LabVTP) of the Faculty of Architecture at the Liège University for the requalification of industrial sites in the Meuse valley offers an opportunity to confront the laboratory approach to yet another context, that of a post-industrial urban site in search of (landscape) meaning. The aim of LabVTP is to set up a permanent landscape observatory, aimed at regaining “landscape literacy” through a series of iterative, local landscape projects throughout the city, that articulate small-scale landscape elements with long-term place- and time-contextual investment. Each of these interventions can turn into a small “landscape laboratory” involving local stakeholders, and supporting teaching and research on themes such as vegetal reuse of industrial sites, participative urbanism, time-based design and “creative management”. Through the landscape laboratory approach applied as “landscape acupuncture”, our aim is to help rebuild the coherence of the apparently chaotic territory, and thus imagine a vision for its future. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Wooded Hillsides of the Meuse Valley in Liège (Belgium): An Unbeknownst Potential Urban Woodland?
Szanto, Catherine ULg; Occhiuto, Rita ULg

Poster (2014, June)

The location and urban morphology of the city of Liège in the Meuse (Maas) valley, later the development of its industries and its port, were all conditioned by the natural geography of its site. Yet ... [more ▼]

The location and urban morphology of the city of Liège in the Meuse (Maas) valley, later the development of its industries and its port, were all conditioned by the natural geography of its site. Yet today the site itself and its natural characteristics are seldom perceptible from within the city. The drastic transformations of the site itself during the 19th century (the diversion and canalization of the river Meuse), the development of the infrastructures that along the valley and across the very center of the city (railways in the 19th century, highways in the 20th century), make the site difficult to perceive and to read. Overall, while the city is located in a beautiful site – as is well shown on early engraving and in written descriptions – the first impression of many visitors today is that of chaos and meaninglessness. However, there are a few rare areas within the city and in its close surroundings where the landscape that surrounds the city can be embraced in one glance – with the canalized river in the center, lined with infrastructure, industry and housing, copped on both side by wooded hills. Indeed it is today the view of these wooded hills that defines the valley and makes its geomorphology understandable. But the woods are recent: 18th and 19th century maps, and even postcards from the beginning of the century show most of the hillsides to be agricultural fields, interspersed with some stone quarries. The woods therefore are young, the result of the recent abandoning of agricultural practice. Read as “abandonment”, as places of “no care”, they are today psychologically invisible, not thought of as part do the urban landscape. Yet woods give a strong added value to an urban environment: the importance of wood for recreation and biodiversity is well known. The wooded hillsides of the Meuse valley could therefore become a strong asset for the city of Liège. The question then is: how to make these woods “visible”? What landscape architectural (design) tools to invent and to use in order to integrate them into the urban landscape as “urban forests”? – indeed, how to use them as a means to recreate a vision of Liège and the Meuse valley as “that quality that we call landscape” (Zagari)? This paper doesn’t present “measurable” results. Rather, it presents a design-led thought experiment, as a prerequisite for actual experiments to be conducted in the spirit of R. Gustavsson’s “landscape laboratory” in Alnarp (Sweden). [less ▲]

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See detailVers une politique active du patrimoine dans le SDER nouveau
Fisher, Axel ULg; Goossens, Marc ULg; Occhiuto, Rita ULg et al

in Cahiers Nouveaux (Les) (2012), 81

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See detailMétamorphoses d'un parc: de Hauster à Chaudfontaine.
Occhiuto, Rita ULg

Book published by Mardaga (2010)

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See detailProject as an awareness process making landscape
Occhiuto, Rita ULg

in Zagari, Franco (Ed.) Landscape as a project (2010)

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