Birds, Wind and the Making of Wind Power Landscapes in Aude, Southern France

Abstract : Landscape and birds are an important cause of blocking wind power projects. This paper investigates the question whether birds and wind power might be part of a same landscape and what type of landscape this could compose. We do so by following birds, birdwatchers and wind power developers in their attempt to compose such a landscape in the South of France. Our perspective focuses on the attachments that animals or landscape might develop or entice human to develop. We show that the process by which such a wind power landscape is composed engages birds into successive translations, which ultimately translate bird intelligence in composing with the wind into a quality of the landscape. As a result, such a landscape emerges from a net of relations and has a quality which is not necessarily visually readable: it is accountable to the entities which have been brought into representation through / for its making.
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Alain Nadai, Olivier Labussiere. Birds, Wind and the Making of Wind Power Landscapes in Aude, Southern France. Landscape Research, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2010, 35 (2), pp.209 -- 233. ⟨10.1080/01426390903557964⟩. ⟨hal-00470651⟩

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