Post-oil cities and territories, the landscape at the heart of transition

Villes et territoires de l'après-pétrole, le paysage au cœur de la transition, Collectif d'auteurs - Editions Le Moniteur - Sortie le 19 août 2020 - 320 Pages

As the European Landscape Convention celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2020 and as environmental emergencies accumulate, the Collectif Paysages de l'après-pétrole presents the work Post-oil cities and territories, the landscape at the heart of transitionto be published on 19 August by Editions Le Moniteur. This book, clear and richly illustrated, demonstrates that the landscape approach is the key to energy transition and the sustainable development of territories, to ensure the sustainable well-being of all the planet's inhabitants.

For seventy years, "the price to pay for cheap oil" has been that of a "crumbling landscape" and considerable environmental impacts. Lifestyles are affected, costly both in terms of travel and energy consumption, while the commoditization of places contributes to the loss of social ties. Repairing landscapes in order to reinvent the next world together means "considering the landscape as a project and a resource", and "making living places a "common cause"". Many actors and territories, in France and Europe, have already implemented initiatives making attention to the quality of space a common thread of the transition.

As the European Landscape Convention celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2020 and environmental emergencies have become urgent, the Post-Oil Landscapes Collective presents this book to demonstrate that the landscape approach is indeed the key to energy transition and sustainable development of territories, to engage a decarbonised lifestyle and ensure the sustainable well-being of all the inhabitants of the planet.

Collective intelligence and actions to lead the energy transition

How can we provide both keys for prospective analysis and examples of field actions for "a reorganization of space and social life involving in a more participatory, effective and rapid manner the indispensable ecological, social, economic and cultural transitions"?
The solutions proposed in this book are based on major principles, including the autonomy of territories, respect for diversity and natural balances, the enhancement and networking of local initiatives, complementarity between town and country and the integration of renewable energies in an overall strategy for green and peaceful landscapes. Also addressed are: the questioning of zoning and urban sprawl that are indifferent to the nature of the soil, the composition of energy landscapes that are attentive to local resources and characteristics, the transformation of uniform agricultural landscapes into biolandscapes where trees and dry-stone constructions reappear, etc. Resulting from the dynamics of consultation, these new landscapes improve the environment and the daily life of everyone while preserving the balance of the surrounding environment.

This richly illustrated, multidisciplinary work is the result of four years of research by a group of fifty personalities, of all generations, specialists in regional planning: agronomists, town planners, landscape designers, elected officials, architects, philosophers, environmentalists and heads of landscape schools. In six chapters covering energy, housing, agriculture, transport, town planning, law, and consultation methods, the book details and analyses the concrete solutions that different territories have been able to implement, in both town and country, in clear language. It is aimed at a wide public wishing to act, by working together to create the landscapes of tomorrow.

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The main principles of post-oil landscapes :

  • Building on local natural and human resources
  • Crossing glances to bring an overall vision
  • Designing layouts that meet several functions
  • Involve the inhabitants in the elaboration of the projects
  • Working on the beauty of the territory and the living environment

At the beginning of the season, the book will be signed and workshops will accompany the book's release in several cities in France (calendar to come). In the meantime here is the link to browse the book this summer:

* The authors and the Collectif paysages de l'après-pétrole (Post-Oil Landscapes Collective) :

Régis Ambroise (agricultural engineer and town planner), Odile Marcel (philosopher and writer), Jean-Pierre Thibault (Inspector General of the Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition / International Council on Monuments and Sites), Yves Gorgeu (territorial development of countries, regional nature parks and intermunicipal bodies), Sébastien Giorgis (architect, urban planner, landscape consultant), Auréline Doreau (agronomist, research engineer for the Landscape and Energy Chair at the École nationale supérieure du paysage de Versailles-Marseille), Gaëlle Des Déserts (landscape planner in charge of animation at the Centre d'écodéveloppement de Villarceaux), Véronique Mure (botanist, tropical agricultural engineer, garden and landscape expert), Christophe Bayle (architect-planner), Anne Vour'ch (doctor in sociology / rehabilitation of remarkable natural and cultural sites), Isabel Claus (landscape engineer), Emmanuelle Diez (deputy director of logistics, in charge of programming and energy transition in the Gard department), Simon Paillet (architect-urban planner, project manager in the Bauges massif), François Tacquard (agricultural engineer, specialising in economics and rural development), Myriam Bouhaddane-Raynaud (landscape engineer and urban planner), Paule Pointereau (landscape gardener/French association trees and hedges Afac-Agroforesteries), Valérie Kauffmann (landscape architect, director of the Essonne Urban Planning and Environment Architecture Council), Marion Bruère (landscaper, Terre et Cité association), Alain Freytet (Landscape architect, his projects are mostly concerned with rural areas and large natural spaces), Initial (agency made up of the landscapers Josephine Billey, Paule Pointereau and Lucie Poirierworking on agro-ecological landscapes), Julien Dossier (author and consultant in ecological transition strategies specializing in sustainable cities and carbon neutral strategies), Laurence Renard (landscaper, concertation specialist), Claire Gautier (landscaper-urban planner), Béatrice Julien-Labruyère (landscape designer, teacher at the Ecole nationale supérieure de Versailles, President of the French Federation of Landscape Ile-de-France), Sophie Bonin (agricultural engineer, teacher at the ENSPV), Marc Benoît (Research Director at the National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Agronomic Environment), Héloïse Boureau (agricultural engineer), Claire Cornu (architect-urban planner working on the environmental quality of buildings and the environmental approach to urban planning), Dimitri de Boissieu (ecologist, director of the Marcevol priory), Xavier Guillot (architect-urban planner, lecturer at the National School of Architecture and Landscape of Bordeaux), Emilio's Luna (architect, doctor in architecture and urban planning, lecturer at ENSA Lyon), Philippe Pointereau (agricultural engineer, specialising in the study of the relationship between agricultural practices and the environment), Bertrand Folléa (landscape and urban planner, director of the Landscape and Energy Chair at ENSPV, associate professor at the Blois School of Nature and Landscape, Grand Prix du Paysage 2016).

The Collectif Paysages de l'après-pétrole (Post-oil Landscapes Collective) is a non-profit association under the 1901 law that is multiplying actions and publications to "invent a better shared state of the world": travelling exhibitions, support for territories, analysis of European territories engaged in transitions, AFTERRES 2050 foresight campaigns, energy transition strategies for territories with Le CLER, SOLAGRO and NEGAWATT, publication of manifestos and press releases.
The Collective is supported by the Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind, the Villarceaux Ecodevelopment Centre, the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations and the Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition.

Cover and drawings ©Laura Nowak - CLAP

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