From this year the MA is engaged with the idea of territorial landscapes as the milieu for the development of a territorial practice. This practice is concerned on the one hand with the geomorphological formations of relevant landforms as its raw material and on the other with the actual cultural, political and economic forces that drive and choreograph what we call the social formations of these landforms.
The understanding of these landforms as the primeval material is not solely the concern of a geologist or more specifically a geomorphologist (or any other scientist), though the understanding of their physical processes derive from it, but of the landscape urbanist who see them in turn as manufactured landscapes, in other words as cultural productions, derived from a constant and relentless human activity full of conflicts, struggles, alterations, shifts, within or outside legal or institutional frameworks. In short the result of a specific historical processes with political consequences.
The course seeks to explore how productive and natural formations can generate the basis of a pan-European project of territories which are neither generic nor iconic, neither conventional nor touristic. If the European territory is ever to gain the status of a coherent project, this demands that no process is regarded as too humble, that no mountain is thought more sublime than another, and that no stream is considered insufficiently picturesque. Landscape Urbanism will generate an atlas of possible territories as the basis of new forms of documenting the future of European environments. It will do so by moving from process to cartography, exploring questions of specificity, localism, formation and intention.