Issue 2/2019 [deadline September 22th, 2019]  



In the twentieth anniversary of the signature of the European Landscape Convention, Ri-Vista intends to focus on some of its keywords that are particular meaningful in the perspective of thelandscape project.

As a first step, the present THEMATIC CALL for the issue 2|2019 — now open with deadline 22 September, 2019 — aims to receive submissions of papers on the topic of LANDSCAPE PROTECTION, MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING: REASONS, PRACTICES AND OUTCOMES.

The landscape concept is usually intended as synthesis and integration of perceptions, values, and disciplines. But, on the contrary, in the social discourse it is often a battlefield of conflictual visions, aspirations, professions, and actors of the territorial governance. Different actions and policies on landscape (in the fields of protection, management and planning) reflect in various ways both integration efforts and conflicts.

The issue 2|2019 builds upon the relationship between the societal demand for the protection/ management/planning of the landscape, and the technical activities they requires within a determined normative and procedural framework (heritage designation, planning regulation, assessment procedures, and such), addressing national cases as well as the international debate. The match between technical instruments and societal demands can be better addressed by a wider perspective on different tools and ways for taking care of the landscape by administrations and citizens. The relationship between protection and enhancement, the management and the planning perspective, as well as the role of private stakeholders, cannot be neglected.

This issue invites in particular to reason about protection as it emerges since its proposal, the formal shape it takes, the technical activities which implement it, their outcomes, the possibilities for creative design and intervention. 

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Issue 1/2019 [deadline April 28th, 2019]  


Changes, in its various declinations - ecological, environmental, social and cultural, climatic, morphological and physical-spatial ones - are a constitutive, structural and identity component of the landscape itself. However, recent changes create a sense of unease, instability and fragility of tomorrow.

This is especially true for climate changes, that are rebel and sudden and increasingly characterized by extreme events, which sometimes sweep away the history of places and much more dramatically human lives.

The earth has always been affected by climatic variations: Only in the last 650,000 years, the ice ages have alternated, between expansion and contraction, for seven times. However, what is different today is, on the one hand, the anthropogenic nature of the causes that underlie climate change and, on the other hand, the impact of climate phenomena with the anthropic settlements that derive from it. Ghettoisation of nature, incorrect urbanization processes, depletion of natural resources, loss of biodiversity, increased pollution and the presence of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and more, question the choices made until now by man.

Landscape project is an interesting tool to spread the culture of possible transformations and, at the same time, to guarantee the quality of the transformations. It used to work with natural processes and living materials, that are perishable and subject to continuous evolution. It is used to consider many different aspects, fragility and resilience not losing sight of the goal of conservation and protection.

This issue of the Ri-Vista is interested in publishing theoretical contributions, project experiences, as well as researches, related to content, sensitivities, future principles and visions, knowledge and variables that must be included within a landscape project. Landscape projects are useful to “downsize” climate change, limiting the rise in temperature as set by the various European and international climate agreements. They are also useful to achieve the required resilience and, finally, to safeguard and preserve the history of the places and the stratification processes that make up the landscape itself.

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