Special Issue "New Advance in Landscape Patterns in Urban–Rural Interfaces"
A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2023 | Viewed by 3036
Interests: landscape; urban sprawl; urban planning
Interests: urban land; sustainable development dimensions and urban agglomeration
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The debate on the urban–rural interface is complex, multi-scale and multidisciplinary: complex, insofar as it encompasses a historical dialectic of relationship between settlements and their immediate agrarian surroundings, dating back to the origins of civilisation; multi-scale, because there are different patterns depending on size and organisational and territorial complexities; and multi-disciplinary because it is analysed from different approaches and disciplines.
The urban–rural interface landscape is a finite, fuzzy-edged, complex, fragmented and heterogeneous space, distributed between the compact city boundary and the natural edges or limits. It is the territory with the greatest spatial dynamics, where the processes of change are materialised; it is the space that supports the tension between a growing and expansive cell that represents the urban and its dispersion, against the retaining wall of the natural space, generally with some degree of protection. This double tension at both edges can be the spatial framework for reflection in this Special Issue.
In the context of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the current tension in the geopolitical framework, and the alarming growth of climatic phenomena linked to global climate change, it is demonstrated that this interface is strategic for local functioning in a restricted global framework, a source of food supply, a space for leisure and recreation, and a refuge for public health, among others. At the same time, the local is rediscovered, the importance of the surrounding landscape is understood, and the rural natural environment is seen as a space of well-being, security and proximity to urban centres. Can this rediscovery affect the traditional function of this interface, hosting new activities and functions linked to the new information age? Can spatial, environmental, social, cultural and economic changes occur in these interface areas that destroy landscape structures, can we identify risks and policy strategies for their mitigation or regulation, and are there already models of spatial and landscape planning and intervention that address these issues?
It is essential to provide scientific knowledge, In different territorial areas and on a global scale, of the causes and solutions to the changes that are occurring on a local scale, through new methodologies and multidisciplinary approaches, but which are supported by advances in the field of geographic information technology, spatial thinking and its graphic and cartographic representation.
The objectives of this Special Issue focus on the following:
- Detecting patterns of landscape problems at the urban–rural interface.
- The proposal of new methodologies to analyse and sequence patterns of landscape change at the urban–rural interface.
- To present new proposals and strategies on territorial and landscape planning at the urban–rural interface.
- To value landscape studies that focus on the urban–rural interface of island spaces.
Dr. Miguel Ángel Mejías Vera
Prof. Dr. Alessandra Battisti
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- rural–urban interface
- regional resilience
- landscape fragmentation
- urban agriculture
- landscape degradation
- landscape ecology
- landscape management