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

Journal Article

Title: Birds, Wind and the Making of Wind Power Landscapes in Aude, Southern France
Publication Date:
March 26, 2010
Journal: Landscape Research
Volume: 35
Pages: 209-233
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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Citation

Nadaï, A.; Labussiere, O. (2010). Birds, Wind and the Making of Wind Power Landscapes in Aude, Southern France. Landscape Research, 35, 209-233.
Abstract: 

Landscape and birds are an important cause of blocking wind power projects. This paper investigates the question of whether birds and wind power can 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 humans 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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