The landscape is a task. The sustainable creativity of ethic and affirmative urban practices

Ester Gisbert Alemany


This paper introduces into Spanish the ideas about the landscape of the anthropologist Tim Ingold and its implications for an Urbanism practiced from inside the landscape. Starting from the debates on Landscape Urbanism, the common thread is the inevitable mismatch in the translation of the concept «taskscape». Coined in 1993 to redefine the landscape as an ontogenetic process that develops over time, it was widely accepted in various disciplines, but Ingold rejected its use as a descriptive category. Avoiding the literal translation as «paisaje de tareas», the term «quehacer» is proposed. This translation allows to relate Ingold’s proposal to the feminist activism of Rosi Braidotti and Donna Haraway and to explore its political implications in Urbanism. In dialog with them, and with the discussion of the work of several designers, there is an alternative focused on life to the relationship between ecology and creativity that is often involved in landscape design.


Landscape; Taskcape; Landscape Urbanism; Feminist activism; Quehacer


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