Environment : The thinking based on environments as opposed to systems thinking. To describe, define or imagine landscapes requires thinking through the milieux/environments. What is valuable in a given environment, like farming for instance, can become incongruous in another. However, there is by definition no limit to the milieux/environments, and each environment decomposes itself ad infinitum and materialises a bridgeway to other milieux/environnements. One can replace the word ‘milieu’ with the word ‘territory’, but then again ‘territory’ relates to the concept of ‘border’, and there is no border to the landscape. There is a territorial entity between the Moselle, Luxemburg and Saarland which is called “Three borders’ territory”. The coastline is a natural environment in itself. This thinking based on milieux/environments also constitutes the real interest of the landscape itself. One cannot design a landscape with a binary vision or systems thinking. The thinking based on milieux/environments relies on the matter’s continuity, adaptation as the ultimate value, and pop as a given: a one and only audience, equally impulsive and elusive, with its large bifocal glasses.
The mille feuilles/milfoil is part of the territory : water, relief, ground, trees, skies, etc. It is also reflected in these glasses : idealised images, childhood memories, romanticism and postcards.
The landscape is the opposite of a reproducible and extensive rational construction.
It is the relation of desire between the environment, itself in the midst of other milieux/environments, and its spectator with glasses. It is the picture on the postcard.