EVERYTHING IS LANDSCAPE!
Everything is landscape! And what does that have to do with me? Lecture by Prof. Dr. Anne Brandl, Professor for Spatial Development, University of Liechtenstein
Three-quarters of all Swiss people live in an urban landscape like the Alpine Rhine Valley. Settlement areas, transport infrastructures, open spaces close to settlements and open landscape structures penetrate, overlap and mix. It is not always quite clear where one place ends and the next begins. We can be in St. Gallen or Bregenz quickly for shopping, in the woods with the dog in ten minutes or with the children at the lake. We see cows on our bike tour and reach various theatres, cinemas and museums within half an hour. We perceive this as well as the city and countryside, dense and wide, loud and quiet, church tower and high-rise as an attractive location and quality of life. We live in a region that offers us everything. But do we appreciate the qualities of our urban landscapes enough? Landscape is an area as it is perceived by man. Its character is the result of the effect and interaction of natural and human factors. Landscape is a collective good. As we live, so does our landscape. The inward building density resulting from the revised spatial planning law will change the appearance and qualities of our urban landscapes. It is therefore high time to discuss together what is important to us about our urban landscapes. Information and registration: www.vhs-rheintal.ch