Planning and Designing Sustainable and Resilient Landscapes

Springer Science & Business Media
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This book deals with planning issues in landscape architecture, which start at the evaluation of the existing fabric of society, its history and memory, approached and conserved through photography, film and scenographic installations, a way in which the archetypes can be investigated, be it industrial derelict sites or already green spaces and cultural landscapes. It provides approaches to intervention, through rehabilitation and upgrade, eventually in participative manner. To such evaluation and promotion a couple of disciplines can contribute such as history of art, geography and communication science and of course (landscape) architecture. The field of landscape architecture reunites points of view from such different disciplines with a view to an active approach a contemporary intervention or conservation. The book presents case studies from several European countries (Romania, Germany, Austria, Italy, Portugal) mostly for large landscape in the outskirts of the cities and in the parks.
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Cerasella Crăciun is PhD, Associate Professor Architect, Vice-Dean of the Urban Planning Faculty, Head of the study direction "Landscape architecture" at the "Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urbanism (both masters and undergraduate).

Maria Bostenaru-Dan is PhD, research scientist at the “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism. She came back to her home country of Romania after spending more than a decade abroad, in Karlsruhe, Germany, where she graduated and in Pavia, Italy.

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Springer Science & Business Media
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Feb 3, 2014
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Architecture / Landscape
Architecture / Urban & Land Use Planning
Nature / Environmental Conservation & Protection
Political Science / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development
Political Science / Public Policy / Regional Planning
Science / Earth Sciences / Geology
Science / Life Sciences / Ecology
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The planners cannot go out today from a ‘tabula rasa’ situation anymore. Environmental and sustainability issues have already formed the public idea that a 'greenbelt' of our cities is necessary, a kind of fortification leading to intensive development in towns inside a clearly delimited area within the surrounding nature. Since building on the periphery is limited, and the existing built substance has a certain cultural, architectural or at least environmental value, upgrading of existing buildings gains more and more ground from the design of new buildings. Masonry has been already recognised as construction material par excellence for historic structures. Reinforced concrete has not been yet. The reason for this may lay in the fact that concrete has not been employed for long, thus buildings with concrete structure are generally regarded as ‘not old enough’ to be considered historical. But the International Council on Monuments and Sites at a joined seminar with UNESCO and the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property in 1995 in Helsinki deemed the systematic documentation of the 20th century heritage, when these buildings were raised. The book includes chapters on these components of the building stock which have not been covered by previous studies, with architectural or cultural value. Special attention was given to a recommendation of the ICOMOS seminar in Helsinki, which concerns encouraging research programmes on specific problems concerning techniques and materials in restoration work, taking into consideration their aesthetic qualities. ICOMOS members are authoring chapters in the book.
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