Commissioner of Dear Landscape is the Three Countries Park Project, an initiative of the Euregion Meuse-Rhine Foundation. They asked Dear Hunter to pay attention to the Drielandenpark (the central green heart of the Euregion Meuse-Rhine) and get in touch with its residents. A lot of knowledge has already been collected by the project group, but the perspective of the inhabitants on their natural surroundings is still missing.
In Dear Landscape, the most precious places will be mapped, along with their story, through intensive contact with residents. This will result in a very subjective and personal map or ‘atlas’ of the Drielandenpark. In addition, during field work in 2017 and 2018, local issues and insights will be revealed: how do the different municipalities in this Drielandenpark deal with their landscape? How is it opened up? What are the distinctive qualities and how can they be used in a better way for the benefit of its inhabitants and/or its visitors?
Three ‘stays’ as an introduction
Dear Landscape started in 2017 with three stays: in Visé (Wallonia/Belgium), Vaals (The Netherlands) and Heers (Flanders/Belgium). Starting from here, a pocket atlas of the Drielandenpark will be made, which will provide interesting perspectives for both the resident, the visitor and the policy maker. On every location, a local theme is added, of which the hosting community can benefit directly from. In Vaals for instance, an answer has been sought on how to improve the physical connection between the village of Vaals and the adjacent ‘three countries point’. In Visé insights on the difference between Eijsden (a flourishing village) and Lanaye (just at the other side of the river Meuse but in no way comparable to Eijsden regarding liveliness) have be gained.
These research questions can be regarded as examples for local assignments in the upcoming locations in Kempen-Broek, Sourbrodt and Aachen and will be further concretized when discussing these next stays with the hosting communities.
Why we choose to live in a container
We do this research through what we call hunting. It’s closely related to anthropology, but instead of observing people, we observe how a place functions. It’s a process of diving into the subject and mapping the found information into atlases to explore opportunities in decision making. By living and working on-site, using cartography and constantly keeping in touch with our client, the municipality, we are able to translate our experiences directly to the decision makers. With the maps we produce, we add a rich layer of information on top of the already available information. Information about the place, experience and knowledge that is hard to make explicit, but that’s essential for the identity of a place.
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