Connections between History, biodiversity and landscapes

In his book from 2002, “History of landscape, economical stakes, aesthetics and ethics”, Gérard Tiné states that: “There is no landscape without Man. That does not mean that Man actually shapes Nature but that, just by looking at an area, he gives it a personal reading, with his underlying values, practical interests, strategic stakes and aesthetic criteria.

Panorama de l'ouvrage de Froideterre, Verdun, photo Joël Leclercq
Panorama de l'ouvrage de Froideterre, Verdun, photo Joël Leclercq

An artist and architect, Gérard Tiné adds that, in his opinion, it is not a mere question of agriculture, but of Culture. “In the Western World, the basis of this notion of landscape lies in the vantage point of military strategists, followed by the “window on the world” of painters.” The author also quotes the geographer Yves Lacoste: “On relatively delimited areas, the most beautiful of the many scenic views is almost always the one with the best vantage point…” The connection between landscapes and human history cannot be dismissed. The purpose of this work is to show the many forms these connections can take and the landscapes they expose us to.

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