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Rita OCCHIUTO

Catherine SZANTO


LabVTP « Ville-Territoire- Paysage »
FACULTE d’ARCHITECTURE - UNIVERSITE de LIEGE - BE
OBSERVATORY / LABORATORY:
REFLEXIVE PRACTICE IN LANDSCAPE EDUCATION
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Links Lost between
Man & Territory
dis-location
Distance
inprogress
Broken Relationships between Landscape and People
CULTURAL CRISIS
dis-jonctive approaches
automation, mechanization, consumerism, illegibility
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
as a way to think and make (or remake)
SPACE
A common factor to reefer to the territory
…while towns are becoming illegible as an urban nebulae
or anthro-posage sites (anthropos-warehousing sites)
STRUCTURE
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READING
RELATIONSHIP WRITING
R.OCCHIUTO PHD
LE PARADIGME DE L’ECART

LANDSCAPE MEANS AN AREA, AS PERCEIVED BY PEOPLE, WHOSE CHARACTER IS
THE RESULT OF ACTION AND INTERACTION OF NATURAL AND/OR HUMAN FACTORS.

PROTECTION - MANAGEMENT – PLANNING – DESIGN & PROJECT
All actions with a forward-looking character: to highlight – to restore – to create


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Landscape provides a set of
elements (physical, temporal
and cultural) to be used
to structure / balance
intentions and materials
constituting new project
hypothesis.
INTERPRETATIVES WRITINGS
DESCRIPTIVE WRITINGS
FOWARD-LOOKING WRITINGS
Landscape as an "upstream"
multi-scale condition balancing
projects and programs conceived
in progress , versus fixedness
of simple objects of consumption
• Landscape as a resource of materials and dynamics of
interaction between man and nature.
WATER,
NAVIGATION,
RAILWAY,
GREENING … Emerge as guidelines for a modern town
City broke links with its river.
The Meuse river, with its smooth banks,
became navigable and was surrounded
with expressways

Traces of water system & 19 century
public spaces are permanencies

New projects:
the Museum project in the Boverie Park
a new opportunity to think the future of the past

PRO-JET: New writing (jet) in pro-spective development (pro)
as hypothesis which question the landscape and offer
themselves as tools of dialogue, debate, awareness.
Basis of interaction allowing to stimulate,
to make sensitive, to reveal and
to make landscape visible …


Guide of
Modern Architecture of Liège:
a morphological narration

To help people
to become more sensitive and
to communicate
landscape
through its own
materials.

" Neither catalog, nor inventory, the guide offers ways crossing the
diverse conditions of formation and deformation of places in time.
It invites the traveler-land surveyor to enter the rhythms, the materials and the dynamics of
places in transformation which the city still allows to find, to feel and to reinvent. “
RITA OCCHIUTO

WE ARE GEOMORPHIC AGENTS!
GUNTER VOGT
Morphologic System Landmarks Transversal sections Landscape’s contraints
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Visé:
A town strongly linked with its river before
development of railway and highway at the bottom
of the slope
As a result of Zoning, Landscape continuity left the way to
fragmented areas
Transformations of temporality and direction of ancient upward routes:
In the beginning from the bottom to the top of the town…
Infrastructures (railway and highway) changed town’s perception:
the church backyard became the principal entrance; the new Gran Place,
designed in the 19 century, became the centre of the modern city, but it
has been cut by new expressway crossing the town.







The link with the Meuse river has
been lost. Ancient paths lost their morphological signification,
guiding people from natural river materials up into town’s artifact

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Ancient landscape and relationships between




the river, on the bottom, and the church, on the
top….
Now the church is in a
roundabout area
Infrastructures cutting natural links between river and town
Readings and new writings for projects
as a way to reveal to people
landscape’s values and quality
that territorial transformations
made invisible
…while Meuse river is always waiting for a new human interest in landscape’s
resources

PROJECT … as an OPEN WORK

The project establishes a process or a step of iterative and continuous development of
intentions alternating phases of reading and writing which include:

• THE INTERPRETATION OF PRE-EXISTING WRITINGS
• FORMULATION OF IDEAS AS A FIRST SHAPE OF PROJECTION
• TRANSCRIPTION IN SIGNS AND IN DRAWINGS
• REGISTRATION ON THE GROUND
• ITERATIVE SECTION OF THE GROUND THROUGH THE PRACTICES OF THE USER

Project isn’t an interpretative reading of a moment which gives life to unchanging objects as
well as to cities and landscapes conceived as objects of design.

Extensions and continuities, materials, relationships and temporalities are all fundamental
elements of the project of long term sustainability ( seen as an horizontal continuum)

Landscape awareness is a long term path
to follow making continuous practices
based on project’s approach …



… a way to remake links between
natural and human actions.






THANK YOU.