Landscape restoration in the Czech-German borderlands of Výškovice/Wischkowitz

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14. 05. 10:30 - 17. 05. 10:30

The territory stretching along the Czech-German border, in the heart of Europe settled and cultivated since time immemorial, is a place where Czechs and Germans have lived together for many centuries. The events of World War II, the expulsion of the native population after the war and the subsequent communist regime in the former Czechoslovakia brought an interruption to the natural ongoing development of the territory. Pilsen 2015 is creating a space for opening a discussion on what to do next with this land, its cultural landscape and its people. This means seeking ideas to find a way to revive this landscape, to make it once more a home to its inhabitants. And this issue is far from limited to just the Czech-German landscape. Abandonment of the countryside is a pan-European problem.

The international landscaping call resonated with stakeholders around the world. The village of Výškovice/Wischkowitz by Chodová Planá (Kuttenplan) is our model territory. In June 2014, a workshop took place for the best five teams selected by an international committee. The best Land Art project will be implemented in 2015 right in Výškovice; a travelling exhibition is under preparation as well as round tables, as we are going to be discussing the issue with the public. The project will culminate in a conference held between 14 and 17 May 2015, open to everyone interested in landscape and landscape architecture in the Czech-German borderlands.

Our aim is to establish a close cross-border collaboration, to find friends and collaborators to join us in a collective effort to address the issues of settlement and landscape management. We live in the same region, we breathe the same air, and we share the same rivers. We want to have a collective think about the further development of the countryside and its cultural and social aspects as well as the values of cultural landscape.

The project has the support of the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Objective 3 Czech Republic – Free State of Bavaria.

Patronage of the project has been assumed by the Czech Chamber of Architects (ČKA), the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), the Federation of German Landscape Architects (BDLA), Oberpfalz Bezirk, District Cham, CIVILSCAPE and ILBA. Partners of the project are Bayerischer Landesverein für Heimatpflege e.V. and the town of Chodová Planá.

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