General Assembly of Fédération Française du Paysage, Toulouse, 9 October 2020: “Change of era: What climatic landscapes of the Anthropocene?”
General Assembly of Fédération Française du Paysage, Toulouse, 9 October 2020
“Change of era: What climatic landscapes of the Anthropocene?”
Change the air because the thermometer is panicking. Inexorably, temperatures rise, impacting and modifying our environment. To change the era, we must stop with the negative impact of human activity on the planet. Theorised in 1995, the term ‘Anthropocene’ designates a new geological era in which man is the main actor. But we can easily associate this period with the global change that is affecting the climate and which transforms, even upsets, our landscapes.
Scorching summers, floods and severe storms have recently impacted the Occitane region, just like the other regions of France. These phenomena question us in the face of climate change that is taking place on a global scale and affects each one of us.
Citizens, institutions and professionals must question this responsibility, which falls on everyone. As Landscape Designers, how can the spatial transformation of the landscape embody a solution to climate change?
In this context of uncertainty, the landscape as a spatial project offers various action keys. The solutions of ecological town planning in our dense urbanised territories pass by the vegetation to create islands of freshness, the des-waterproofing of the grounds, the corridors of nature, the green infrastructures, the park systems… Adaptability, reversibility projects, water, energy, biodiversity and waste management are all essential dimensions in the face of the changing climate. Agro-urbanism offers an intelligent relationship between the function of agricultural production, space and cities.
The landscape also calls for thinking about territories in a circular manner, in connection with local resources, in rebalancing with metropolises, medium-sized cities and in relation to their mode of management and their uses. The rural-urban relationship is re-imagined, in particular at the edge of the peri-urban. Obviously, spatial solutions go hand in hand with political orientations in favour of the urban planning of living environments and the place of the profession of landscaper among the skills of spatial planning.
The landscape is a dream, it invents a new ecopoetic imagination, a mythology of our ecologies, our environments and our territories which contributes to a positive narration
of shared action in the face of climate issue. https://www.f-f-p.org/event/assemblee-generale-de-la-ffp/