17-21 October 2017
Landscape Architecture Workshop
on Du isle in "Osveyskiy" reserve
Ihar Ramanyk, head of the nature reserve
Du isle on the lake in "Osveyskiy" reserve
The area of our project is 300 km away from Minsk in the northernmost point of Belarus 56.05ºN, 28.16ºE. This is a nature reserve with incredible landscape. The visitation is limited in order to save natural features. Here are situated the second largest lake and the biggest island in the country.

Through the territory of Du isle, which occupies the area of 5 sq. km, there will run an ecological path. The island is uninhabited. The middle of the past century was the last time people lived here. That can be seen from the remains of former facilities: wharf, old cemetery, farm foundation.The only way to reach the island is by boat. Its hilled country let us find the points with lake, island or Osveyskoe swamp panorama. In comparison with others, west bank is quite high. Near Du isle there is another little drifting island. The locals call it Host. Now it is situated near the northeast shore.

Tourists visit Osveya in order to observe wildlife (mostly wolves and elks). Animals reach the island crossing the isthmus and hide from hunters in its thicket. In winter you can see another interesting natural phenomenon here – the lake rumbles mystically as a remote echo of thunderstorm. This natural explosive noise is caused by seismic activity and in scientific field is called brontide.

Who For?
We are organizing this offsite workshop for landscape architects who are interested in developing the infrastructure of natural zones. For five days participants will be working at creating the project of ecological path on the biggest island in Belarus. All under the guidance of professor and the head of landscape architecture department at Estonian University of Life Sciences in Tartu Simon Bell, who is also a curator of cultural projects of Bahna such as Bazinato.
Conditions of participation
Participation is free. Food and accommodation expenses will be covered. All you need is to take work tools and materials you are comfortable with. We are waiting architects from Belarus, Estonia, Czech Republic, Austria, Japan, Holland, Hungary, Great Britain. Working language – English. The participants must stay in the workshop for all five days. At the end of the working week we will have several draft projects that will be presented to the administration of the reserve and concerned local community. We are planning to carry out selected project in 2018 – 2019.
We will live in a homestead which is 20 km (12, 4 miles) away from the reserve in the depth of woodland. There will be all conveniences needed. Sleeping bag is the only thing to take. The homestead "Zaimka Leshego" belongs to the family of biologists who work at interesting research projects of biological species (wood grouse radiotracking, birdbanding, study of wolf ecology).
Simon Bell
Tutor of Landscape Architecture Workshop, professor at Edinburgh College of Art and Estonian University of Life Sciences
Simon Bell is an associate director of OPENspace Research Centre on ESALA in Edinburgh and the head of landscape architecture department at Estonian University of Life Sciences in Tartu. For 20 years he worked as a landscape architect in Great Britain, Canada, USA, Ireland, Finland, Russia and the Baltics.

Along with teaching Simon deals with forest design. One of his latest work – preparation of landscape design instructions for Estonian Forestry Commission. His experience includes restoring Caledonian Forest, conversion of extensive forest in Cairngorms National Park and Kent, heartwood forest in Hertfordshire, royal forest of Queen's Elizabeth II anniversary and the First World War memorable wood in Surrey. These works included reproduction of tree species natural for local landscape and infrastructure design for wildlife exploring. Latest projects show the connection between human and nature in terms of health and well-being.

Simon's publications represent researches and text editions where he tells in detail about landscape design for outdoor recreation and the impact of nature on people's well-being.

Guidance for landscape architects and recreation specialists, which, by means of design, lets us find the most relevant balance between the need of visitors and landscape potential.
Landscape Architecture
It is about forest landscape design, outdoor recreation, visual impact on visitor together with initial landscape characteristics and studying its current social, ecological and biological processes.

We will create design for outdoor activity thinking over not only the concept of an object for visitation itself but also objects of infrastructure: promenade trails, watchpoints, information signs, picnic area, camping ground and so on.

What is important to take into account while working
Our environmental activity includes increasing ecological awareness among people, recreation and eco-tourism organization. We are taking care of natural features situated on the territory of government forests and call travelers' attention to the need to consider environment as much as possible.
Environmental friendliness
In our project activity we prefer to use local resources and pay attention to environmental friendliness and beauty of organic materials. When working in the field we think about ability of using wood, clay, green fabric, stones, glass, air-bricks and other natural materials. The goal is not to damage natural features. Furthermore, modern construction technologies let us cut power, water and different fuels costs by several times.
Team work
We are interested in working together and using the effort of every person for the good of our project. Collaborative and voluntary work improves performance greatly.
Examples of works
Floating wooden pavilion in Soomaa designed by the students from Estonian Academy of Arts. While creating the project architects assumed the potential of the landscape with the largest up- and lowland swamps and constantly changing water level.

Floating bivouac in Soomaa was made in 2016 as a part of international summer school "5th Season: Wilderness" that was managed by following architects: Sami Rintala (Finland), Pavle Stamenovic (Serbia) and architecture firm b210 (Estonia).
Redwood Treewalk

The walk among ancient trees of Redwood lets you get a shot of adrenaline and feel the beauty and breath of this famous place. In 2016 nightlights appeared on the treewalk. 30 lanterns to 2,5 metres high were created by world-famous designer David Trubridge. The project was approved by the care-takers of Redwood Forest and Iwi (local indigenous community).

The treewalk on redwoods in New Zealand (kauri or agathis australis) is 553 metres long and 12 metres above the forest floor. Six-year project of architect Alex Schmid and David Trubridge who was responsible for night light design.
Yeti rides
A six-day bike ride in Southwestern Finland with a wood covering and trail bridge in Sahajarvi. It was made with regard to age and social structure of the natural park visitors, their motivation and physical aptitude.

One of the ecological paths of Finland. It is more than 200 km long, fitted with necessary infrastructure (wood covering, signs, information boards, shelters).
Great Kemeri Bog Boardwalk — is a popular tourist destination in Kemeri National Park, offering visitors a chance to explore the bog and its inhabitants. The Great Kemeri Bog Boardwalk has become a popular place with photographers of sunrise and sunset scenes in Latvia, regardless of the season or weather.

Ecological paths give us possibility to evaluate the uniqueness of nature beauty, to unlock its natural potential and to see picturesque wild landscape, abundance of flora and fauna.
Giant wooden megaphones in Virumaa forest – is an architectural solution which helps people to hear the symphony of forest as well as its silence. It attracts attention and serves as a motive for tourists to visit the forest. The installation is used as a place for studying, running chamber cultural events or as a shelter for undemanding travelers.

Ecological paths give us possibility to evaluate the uniqueness of nature beauty, to unlock its natural potential and to see picturesque wild landscape, abundance of flora and fauna.
Our partners
If you are interested in participation, becoming a partner or sponsor, please feel free to write us.
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