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In Europe, the ELC becomes the political support for moving in this direction.
In fact, each state adhering to the Convention should commit to integrating
“ landscape into its regional and town planning policies and in its cultural,
environmental, agricultural, social and economic policies, as well as in any
other policies with possible direct or indirect impact on the landscape ” 3 .
The contributions to landscape ecology, appropriately integrated with aes-
thetic/perceptive evaluations , feed the view of urban planning and contribute
to the reconstruction of an interpretive and planning grammar , allowing
the local culture to rethink itself and develop a “ conscience of place in order
to not lose itself pursuing the standardizing myths of economic globalization ”
. The planning interpretations in which aesthetic and ecological goals are
epitomized try to respond to the needs of nature and culture. As the philoso-
pher Catucci reminds us, beauty does not derive only from aesthetic artifice,
but also from need: “ What has made a landscape, a park, an environmental
oasis beautiful is not a determined choice of language or style, but the sense
of need that we notice in each step of the project ” .
In short, beauty, true beauty, which finds its roots in Greek philosophy ,
will save the world, as Dostoyevsky's generous and candid Prince Myshkin
proclaimed stentorianly; it is, however, necessary to look for it in the contacts
between aesthetic and ecological perception, between the sublime and the nec-
essary, to produce it with a “revolutionary” urban planning project , and
support it politically, giving voice to the social demand for a pleasant environ-
ment, with particular attention to the “right to the city” .
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3 European Landscape Convention, Art. 5, last paragraph.