Revolutionary landscapes as a chronicle of life: Continuity in time and movements

Through several examples of research through design, this work explores mainly two aspects of landscapes inserted at the core of urban and historical centres, where culture, urbanity, landscapes and ecology meet together.
(1)“Spatial cognition and movements” and (2)“Embodied politics and performances”.
The aim is to go deeper into the XXIst century expressions of public space, landscape, biodiversity and citizens, and their social and politic manifestations and performances.
Concerning the first we can consider physical features but also the ones related to imagination.
The physical ones will enrich the taxonomy of spaces through topography and biodiversity bringing consequences about revolution, each-own utopias, somatic exchange (social, environmental and somaesthetics) or about the intertwining with life processes (relations in between human and non humans).
Through imaginaries, these cases enlarge the time scope, giving continuity to the process of transformation and bringing awareness about history and future developments. This involves cultural expressions and creative skills and uses processes of creative destruction, historical and stories awareness but also envisions of the future.
Concerning the second, a continuous re-invention of our environment and of our social structures is welcome. In this sense creative destruction processes and everyday revolutions can take part naturally of our strategies of becoming.
Creative destruction is present through an on going process of “cradle to cradle”, recycling and reconverting along time. The new and innovative coexists or retains on its skin, or within its dynamics, the already existing or the memories of others.
Revolution is present as revolutionary landscapes allow the possibilities for urban manifestations and performances of citizens enhancing them… in this way revolutionary landscapes are the chronicle of the transformations experienced by the people inhabiting them… growing both at the same time.

Author: Mª Auxiliadora Gálvez

Year: 2017

Image: Mª Auxiliadora Gálvez

Presented at International Conference CREATION/REACTION ECLAS 2017 Greenwich University, London.