Planning and Design of Post-industrial Landscapes: Defining Redevelopment Principles

By Luís Loures.

Published by Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

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In a period when the environmental situation, despite all the well-being indications, is of concern, the increasing urbanization coupled with global issues of climate change and environmental degradation demands a deeper look at spatial planning and landscape redevelopment. In this scenario, driving the sustainable urban development agenda is a shared concern. However, while the need to change is generally accepted, sustainability continues to be hard to define and still more difficult to apply. The globalization of industry over the past decades had a profound effect on former industrial areas all over the world, producing a vast array of obsolete industrial facilities and the various impacts, which are generated from them. For this reason, the recognition that the reutilization of derelict landscapes, within urban settlements of all sizes, constitutes a proactive strategy to struggle both the continuous urban growth and the loss of public and private open space, promoting the development of more human, safe, attractive and competitive cities constitutes an important step towards landscape sustainability. This paper analyses successful post-industrial landscape redevelopment design approaches, addressed in order to build a set of design principles that might inform and serve as a theoretic basis to the redevelopment of similar landscapes.

Keywords: Post-industrial Landscape, Planning and Design Principles, Landscape Redevelopment

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp.45-57. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 741.181KB).

Luís Loures

Professor, Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre, Portalegre, Portugal

Luís is a Landscape Architect and a Professor both at the Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre, and at the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro. He holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning. Since he graduated, he has published several papers at the national and international levels and he has been a guest researcher and lecturer both at Michigan State University (USA) and at the University of Toronto (Canada) where he has developed part of his Ph.D. research with financial support from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (Ph.D. grant). During his academic career he taught several courses, mainly regarding the fields of landscape architecture and urban and environmental planning. Currently, he is a researcher at the CIEO—Research Centre for Spatial and Organizational Dynamics—University of Algarve, where he is a member of several financed research projects focusing on urban planning and urban redevelopment, and the use of urban planning as a tool to achieve sustainable development.