Human–Nature Relations in Urban Landscape Planning

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X). This special issue belongs to the section "Urban Contexts and Urban-Rural Interactions".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 232

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1. Escuela de Architectura, Artes y Diseño, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey 64849, Mexico
2. Cittaideale, Herenstraat 26A, 6701DL Wageningen, The Netherlands
Interests: regenerative design; nature-driven urbanism; foodscapes; climate adaptation; spatial sea level landscapes; sustainable urban design; complexity
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Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology, 2628BL Delft, The Netherlands
Interests: sustainable development; urban planning; land use planning

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The role that current urbanization processes play in increasing the pressure on the planetary system requires a fundamental rethink of the way cities are planned, designed, and developed. The current planning of urban landscapes is dominated by a human-centric view. This often leads to the planning being orientated toward the short term, predictable planning outcomes based on recent history, and decisions being taken by a small group of human decision-makers. Alternatively, a symbiotic human–nature relationship could be the prelude to a balanced future in which sustaining human and non-human organisms prevails.

This Special Issue asks for novel research that focuses on the use of landscape and local and regional ecosystems, and uses the ecological landscape as a determinant for how human and urban activities function, are laid out, are planned for, and are designed. Such a resilient (urban) ecosystem is paramount for further urban development, and therefore it creates the spatial conditions for the urban landscape to function in its most natural way.

We look forward to receiving your original research articles and reviews.

Prof. Dr. Rob Roggema
Dr. Nico Tillie
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  • urban landscape
  • urban ecosystem
  • landscape planning
  • spatial planning
  • resilient design
  • landscape design
  • landscape-based urban design
  • design-led approach
  • green and blue grids
  • nature-based solutions
  • biourbanism
  • regenerative design

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Addressing the Paradox of Food and Health in Mexico: A Landscape Urbanism Approach
Authors: Rodrigo Pantoja-Calderón & Robert Edwin Roggema,
Affiliation: Tecnológico de Monterrey
Abstract: When talking about food and health in Mexico, there is a big paradox: a significant number of the population presents high rates of malnutrition and obesity, especially those with a low income, and living in segregated areas, either urban or rural. Additionally, almost one-fourth of the Mexican population lives in what is considered as “food poverty” and more than 12.5% suffer chronic malnutrition. Therefore, we look at relevant data that may promote unhealthy conditions. These are presented in four sections. The first part documents pervasive convenience stores with more than 12,000 venues -just in Mexico-, selling mostly high-processed food and sodas. In Section 2, we mapped fruits and vegetables available in Mexican markets and represented them like a “periodic table”, tracking their origins and acknowledging the carbon footprint of these natural foods. The third part of this research overviews what is urban agriculture, and its impact on urban planning since the early 20th Century. Section four is a design scheme in Queretaro, México, proposed in two different neighborhoods with high-marginality, low-educational levels, and far from public health clinics. This exercise utilized a survey to understand people's needs and preferences by asking them where they spend their free time, the usage of Medicinal plants, and if they are willing to be part of an urban community project. With these results, the new landscape design intends to reactivate communal spaces, initiate community gardens, and promote social interaction. Lastly, a planting scheme was established to provide information on food rotation and crop scheduling as a management plan. Conclusively, this research does not only provide information and statistics on people's health and ecological footprint, but it aims to use landscape urbanism (community gardens) as a tool for social and environmental change.

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