Michael Van Gessel
What is, is a great guide as to what ought to be
Streaming lecture – Thursday 9th september 2014
6,00 pm at Fondazione Falciola / Camplus Rubattino
Via Caduti di Marcinelle 2 (zona Lambrate-Ventura) Milan
After an era of rapid growth, first demographically and then economically, Europe is entering a phase of deepening, maturing and intensification. In the field of urban planning and landscape architecture that means transformation of the existing into a higher level. A real transformation holds and respects the qualities of what there is while adding the new in a way that the old and the new merge into a new phase of development. That means for the developers more respect for what exists (‘What is, is the great guide as to what ought to be’ Joseph Spence 1751) and for the conservationist more courage and more insight into the fact that the best way to conserve what we have is to develop what we have.
The conference is within the Workshop “Landscapes of reconstruction. From natural calamities to environmental disasters” and is part of “Focus on Landscape”, a series of meetings open to the public with some landscapers, teachers, students of the Master in Landscape Architecture UPC-ACMA based in Milan, interpreters of the main international experiences: the moment of exchange and discussion of current issues more and more, not only for technicians and professionals but also for the growth of a widespread awareness in society that necessarily share the common heritage of the landscape.
The lecture is open to the public and free entrance, previous confirmation to be sent by mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and will be broadcast live streaming on www.paesaggio.it/webtv.
Participants to the initiative will also receive a certificate which can be used to require professional formative credits to the belonging professional order.