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OH-H08 ALEMANIA Bad Muskau CONS,ENVI 16/08/2020 29/08/2020

Bad Muskau - Reconstruction of historical parks | OH-H08 | 2020-08-16 - 2020-08-29 | CONS,ENVI | Age: 18 - 35

IMPORTANT: If you’re going to make an application for this workcamp you need to know that you must be very motivated and understand that this is a project related to the cultural heritage of UNESCO and which will require a strong commitment to participate.

The history of Open Houses Network dates back to the mid-1980s, when a group of young people began to restore village churches in East Germany in voluntary work to protect them from decay. The initiative to save these buildings brought together people who enjoyed the freedom these activities provided, bringing life again to these places in ways which by far exceed the craftsmen s work done – through exhibitions, concerts, making music together or just sitting by a camp fire. Today, spaces free of political and ideological pressure are no longer urgently required; nonetheless, it is now rare to find places where people can meet without commercial pressure, free of bureaucracy and institutionalism, free of prejudice and the exclusion which it produces. What should be easy – to go somewhere in order to meet people and to work together – has become difficult. The tightrope walk between, on the one hand, public activities in a monetary and functional sense, and the retreat into private life on the other, is very difficult, and it requires a lot of power and permanent efforts to tackle red tape and financial restrictions. Free spaces are less and less understood as common property, and are permanently being cut back. The idea of public property seems to have gone out of fashion, and places of common responsible work have become rare. Open Houses Network tries to create and protect such spaces. In this process, we do not want to be the do-ers. We want to be those who propose vision of initiating a new change in perspective while still being aware of the need to rely in the co-operation of others. We understand our projects and events as offers – as offers to create space for commitment, for changes, for meetings.

Work: The project consists of two parts – a practical working part which will last 6 hours per day and a study part, which takes place in the evenings and during weekends The first task of the volunteers is to help rediscover and recreate a part of the former path system in the "Bath Park" on the German side of the transboundary site. The task will be guided by qualified personnel which will provide an indepth understanding of Pückler’s design and vision. Additionally a second task involves replanting a historic flower garden in the "Mountain Park" area in accordance with the historic evidence available. The educational part of the project will inform the volunteers about the background of the site management, provide knowledge about historical garden and park architecture, traditional gardening and other related topics while also gaining knowledge in Climate Change resilience practices in this World Heritage site.

Accomodation and food: The lodging will accommodate the volunteers in shared bed-rooms. It is a simple accommodation place, where all the basic facilities for the daily needs of the volunteers will be available. Both food and accommodation are included for the volunteers as part of this project.

Location: Bad Muskau

Location and Leisure: The UNESCO World Heritage site of Muskauer Park / Park Mużakowski is an extensive landscape initially developed between 1815 and 1844 by Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau on the grounds of his estate, and continued by his student, Eduard Petzold. Set harmoniously in the river valley of the Lusatian Neisse, the park’s integration into the local town and surrounding agricultural landscapes heralded a new approach to landscape design and contributed to the advancement of landscape architecture as a discipline. The extensive site includes the river Neisse, other water features, human-made and natural, bridges, buildings, forested areas, and paths. It is an example of a cultural landscape in which the site’s natural attributes have been harnessed with the utmost skill. The park is of the highest aesthetic quality and its composition blends fluidly with the naturally-formed river valley. Its essence is the visual relationship between the central residence, the New Castle, and a series of topographical focal points comprising ideal vantage points laid out along riverside terraces flanking the valley, each of which forms part of a masterfully fashioned network of vistas. Pückler incorporated human-made architectural elements into this network along with natural components, including the terrain’s geological features. It is distinctive with its extraordinary simplicity and expansiveness. The property encompasses the central portion of this extensive landscape composition measuring 348 ha (136.10 ha in Germany and 211.9 ha in Poland). The remaining part of the composition falls within the surrounding buffer zone of 1,205 ha. 16 Heritage Volunteers Projects Reconstruction of historical Parks World Heritage site Muskauer Park Pückler laid the foundations of integrated landscape design with the extension of the park into the town of Bad Muskau through green passages and urban parks. The incorporation of the community into the overall composition, as a key component in his planned utopian landscape, had a great impact on contemporary town planning, particularly in the United States of America, as illustrated by the green areas of the city of Boston, and on the development of the landscape architecture profession. Pückler published his principles of landscape design theory in “Andeutungen über Landschaftsgärtnerei” (1834). Moreover, the training of landscape gardeners by Prince von Pückler and his student Eduard Petzold helped create skill standards which influenced the work of other gardeners and planners. This training tradition has been revived in recent times by the creation of the Muskauer School, as an international school for the training in garden and cultural landscape maintenance.

Train/Bus station: Train Station: Weisswasser (8 Km) Bus: Bad Muskau (1 Km)

Requirements: Motivation letter related to the project and CV + photo required Skype interview will be scheduled for selection. -Passport -EU-members should bring their European Health Insurance Card; those which have an individual travel insurance should bring the certificate

Language: eng

Extra Fee: 50 EUR

Volunteers should bring: -sleeping bag -stable work boots, really appropriate for practical work -appropriate clothes, waterproof coat -mosquito protection lotion -Dictionary -typical recipes, sweets, music, instruments and games from the participants home country for group activities -More detailed information will be sent later on the infosheet