The integration of landscape in spatial design in Flanders

Since the beginning of the twentieth century, landscape has become a growing point of interest for spatial planning in Europe. This attention was confirmed in 2000, by the European Landscape Convention (COUNCIL OF EUROPE, 2000). This Convention covers natural, rural, urban and peri-urban areas and concerns landscapes that might be considered outstanding as well as everyday or degraded landscapes (Article 2 – Scope). It aims at the integration of landscape into regional and town planning policies and in any other policies with possible direct or indirect impact on landscape (Article 5 – General measures).
To put landscape policies into effect in Flanders, some legislative initiatives have been undertaken. Moreover, scientifically founded inventory’s have been developed to serve as a reference frame aimed at protecting, managing and/or planning the landscape. Nevertheless, the real impact on the landscape seems inadequate.

The research assumes that design plays a specific, and often neglected role within spatial planning. The designer pre-eminently can ascertain whether the care for the landscape is effectively reflected in the planning of the space. Hence, the designers expertise and practical experience is an important source of information and/or inspiration for the research,

The first goal of the research is to situate landscape design within the field of spatial planning. A second goal emphasizes the way designers translate general spatial visions into specific designs. Point of interest is the way landscape is incorporated in spatial design. On basis of this, recommendations will be formulated regarding to the integration of landscape in spatial design in Flanders.

  • Title Original : Een onderzoek naar de integratie van landschap in ruimtelijk ontwerp in Vlaanderen
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  • Funding Agency : Hogeschool Gent