WIT Press


GEOMETRIC FRAGMENTATION OF THE HUERTA OF VALENCIA, SPAIN: TOWARDS A SUSTAINABILITY MODEL

Price

Free (open access)

Volume

243

Pages

12

Page Range

25 - 36

Published

2020

Paper DOI

10.2495/UA200031

Copyright

Author(s)

ALFRED ESTELLER AGUSTÍ, ISAMAR ANICIA HERRERA PIÑUELAS, ADOLFO VIGIL DE INSAUSTI

Abstract

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.

Keywords

sustainable food systems, geometry, fragmentation, Huerta