My discussion with the authors of the article
Landscape as Connecting Link
by Stella Sofia Kyvelou, Anestis Gourgiotis, Greece
The problem of defining the concept of «landscape» and understanding what underlies it is quite old. Therefore, any work that contains any views on the nature of this phenomenon is valuable. I was interested in this work because the authors claim the possibility of the existence of different interpretations of the concept of «landscape», which is a condition for the further development of landscape science and the so-called landscape planning. My point of view on the landscape is slightly different from that suggested by the authors of the article, so I will comment on the text based on my understanding of this phenomenon. The authors – S.S. Kyvelou and A. Gourgiotis - argue that «the research paper investigates the diverse understandings of «landscape», along with demonstrating the modes of contribution of the European Landscape Convention (ELC) of the Council of Europe (CE) in influencing national spatial planning systems. The paper, interested in considering the efficiency of landscape policy from a territorial perspective, briefly outlines the perception and understanding of landscape as connecting link of nature and culture and conducts a literature review with the aim to support the prospect of a «European model of landscape planning» [Kyvelou, Gourgiotis, 2019: 1].