The annualy held LANDWORKS_Sardinia is a graduate level workshop aiming to produce in situ landscape installations, which are either ephemeral or permanent, in order to enhance and promote the development of a historical mining area, the Geomineral Park of Sardinia, recognized as an UNESCO world heritage site. This park, which constitutes an open-air museum, currently requires the implementation of landscape projects to induce the regeneration of its large cultural territories and outstanding natural and rural open spaces.
As a creative activity of its own, the LANDWORKS_2012 is a fundamental component of this UNESCO heritage site’s territorial planning action. The 2012 edition included 6 professors/designers and 100 participants from around the world (students, design professionals, landscape architecture, architecture). The UNESCO Chair was present with 4 masters’ students of the Faculty of Environmental Design of the University of Montreal.
This second edition of the LANDWORKS have been held from May 21st to the 1st of June 2012. After these 10 days of intensive work, this creative assignment have led to 6 landscape installations under the supervision of 6 invited international professors/designers. The 100 participants chose their supervising professor to create a landscape installation within one of the 3 selected sites: that of the Monteponi, the Montevecchio and the Ingurtosu-Naracauli in south-western Sardinia (Refer to the website: http://www.landworks-sardinia.eu/landworks-2012.html#intro).
It should be noted that the LANDWORKS is directly connected to the mission of the UNESCO Chair (CUPEUM) of contributing to the education, awareness and support of elected officials, experts and citizens pertaining to the future of their landscapes. Through the support of structuring actions, it thus becomes possible to further ensure sustainable development of local communities and their territories. Furthermore, the involvement of the UNESCO Chair within the LANDWORKS is also consistent with the willingness of supporting innovative approaches that are expressive of the cultural dimension (ref.: Heritage/design and planning practices) and sustainable development (ref.: 2012 Rio Summit and/or Agenda 21 de la Culture – MCCF). In this manner, this initiative fully promotes culture as a structural component of planning, management and development of territories.
Film production (© philippe.poullaouec-gonidec 2010)
Participation of the UNESCO Chair in Landscape and Environmental Design
- Philippe Poullaouec-Gonidec, professeur/créateur – LandWorks_2012 (UNESCO Chairholder)
- Laurence Aubin-Steben, étudiante, Maîtrise en architecture (École d’architecture – Faculté de l’aménagement de l’Université de Montréal)
- Jacinthe De Guire, étudiante, Maîtrise en aménagement (M. Sc. A. Aménagement – Faculté de l’aménagement) et auxiliaire de recherche à la Chaire en paysage et environnement de l’Université de Montréal
- Audrey Lavallée, étudiante, Maîtrise en architecture (École d’architecture – Faculté de l’aménagement de l’Université de Montréal)
- Christine Robitaille, étudiante, Maîtrise en architecture (École d’architecture – Faculté de l’aménagement) et auxiliaire de recherche à la Chaire en paysage et environnement de l’Université de Montréal