Business parks, infrastructure lines, industrial farming, airports,
windfarms – due to extensive processes of modernization, the
landscape of Lower Saxony is being quickly and almost completely
filled with new types of landscapes. These contemporary phenomena
are products of today’s culture and thus necessarily cultural
landscapes, determining to a large extent our immediate environment.
The research project starts with the hypothesis that the people of
Lower Saxony are currently unable to identify with these landscapes
in a positive way. Instead, identification with their country largely
relies on Arcadian images of pre-industrial landscapes – this attitude
is not productive in regard to the spatial importance of these new
This project will explore new possibilities and methods to aesthetically
approach these contemporary cultural landscapes. Is it possible
to initiate positive shifts in appreciation similar to those experienced
in the Lüneburger Heide or the Diepholzer Moorniederung?
By expanding the contemporary theory of cultural landscapes and
through complex mappings of three selected case studies in Lower
Saxony, the qualities of the new cultural landscapes will be tuned in.
Based on this empirical and theoretical foundation, a critical discussion
of the qualities of these new cultural landscapes will be made
and summarized in a catalog. Here, qualities which would allow for
people to positively identify with contemporary cultural landscape
are outlined. Deficits, however, are also identified and critically discussed
in order to explore possibilities for long-term improvement.
- Title Original : Einblenden – Qualitäten zeitgenössischer Kulturlandschaftstypen in Niedersachsen
- Website : http://www.ila.uni-hannover.de/en/tala/research/thirdparty_grants/
- Project start : 0000
- Project end : 2008
- Contact Person : Prof. Dr. Martin Prominski
- Funding Agency : Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony
- Image Title : Airport Landscape Hannover-Langenhagen