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Post-industrial Landscapes As Renaissance Locus: The Case Study Research Method


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WIT Press


L. Loures


The fact that several countries are now facing various problems produced by landscapes constructed during the modern period [e.g. industrial revolution], currently in complete physical and functional decadency, contributed to enlarge the negative public perception about these spaces. However, this perception associated with the need to protect the environment has been in the last decades the catalyst to the redevelopment and renaissance of these landscapes. Often in advantageous locations near city centres, situated along waterways, supported by existing infrastructure, and adjacent to residential communities, these landscapes are environmentally impaired assets that need to be returned to productive uses, and reintegrated into the surrounding community. The reclamation and conservation of these landscapes constitute, additionally, an important cultural objective, which is inherently sustainable in that it encourages the positive re-use of redundant buildings that are part of our industrial and commercial heritage. This paper addresses the urgent need to reclaim these landscapes, influenced both by two different tendencies connected with the abandonment of industrial landscapes: on the one hand, the urban pressure related to the city’s administration and stakeholders’ will to urbanize those areas and on the other hand, the increasingly public awareness of the necessity to protect industrial heritage. This paper presents an approach based on the case study research method. This approach and the way it is applied in this paper may be empirically described as the research and analysis of several successful post-industrial landscape reclamation design approaches, in order to build a set of design principles that might inform and serve as a basis to the redevelopment of similar landscapes. Keywords: landscape reclamation, design, heritage, post-industrial land.


landscape reclamation, design, heritage, post-industrial land.