GEOMETRIC FRAGMENTATION OF THE HUERTA OF VALENCIA, SPAIN: TOWARDS A SUSTAINABILITY MODEL
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ALFRED ESTELLER AGUSTÍ, ISAMAR ANICIA HERRERA PIÑUELAS, ADOLFO VIGIL DE INSAUSTI
The history of Valencia’s Huerta Sur through a period of 91 years (1928–2019) and the specific area of Castellar, Valencia, valued for its low physical alteration over time, composes this analysis. The focus is on understanding the composition and, therefore, fractioning of the structure of Valencia’s Huerta Sur. This study presents an understanding of the geometry of the plots, from historicism related to hereditary processes, and reflects on sustainable management and economic viability of agricultural heritage. The historical evolution of the transitions and the legislation governing the land introduces criticism of the operation of Valencia’s Huerta and its fragmented functionality. Using illustrative maps, the proportions and portions produced by centuries of division that modified the structure of Valencia’s Huerta configuration are explored. The presentation of new forms of organization of the Huerta is a necessary reaction as a response to the conditions of abandonment and disuse of the land, which in turn conveys the current impossibility of self-management.
sustainable food systems, geometry, fragmentation, Huerta