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Title: The value of landscape essence.
Authors: Freire, Maria
Editors: Bowring, Jacky
Egoz, Shelley
Ignatieva, Maria
Keywords: landscape value
landscape essence
process of transformation
ecological systems
cultural systems
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Landscape Review
Citation: Freire, Maria. The value of landscape essence. Landscape Review, 13, 47-60, 2009.
Abstract: A new approach to interpreting the landscape is examined by accepting its complexity through inductive reasoning. While attempting to identify the essence of the landscape in the city and municipality of Óbidos, Portugal, several recommendations of Venturi (2004) have been adapted as a framework for understanding this landscape. These will then guide the process of landscape transformation through: • Incorporating the complexity of the landscape; • Valuing the ambiguity that occurs in the interpretation of the landscape; • Using the concepts of closed and contained spaces and the concept of fluid space, the link that ensure the continuity between spaces; • Recognising the existence of the interstitial open spaces; • Using those elements which are common to the distinct typologies of spaces; • Defining the components that must be respected and those that can be respected; • Observing landscape as a whole, while emphasising the relationship between the parts and the whole; and • Rejecting simplification in the landscape transformation process. Underlying this approach is the belief that the process of transformation must be based on the essence of each landscape. This implies the use of elements and structures of the landscape, which are related to ecological, morphological and cultural systems. These elements and structures represent points of reference, which should be considered in the process of landscape transformation.
ISBN: 1173-3853
Type: article
Appears in Collections:PAO - Publicações - Artigos em Revistas Internacionais Com Arbitragem Científica
CHAIA - Publicações - Artigos em Revistas Internacionais Com Arbitragem Científica

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