Ri-Vista Call for Papers on the topic “Changes” – deadline 28 April 2019

Ri-Vista, Research for Landscape Design, University of Florence

Firenze University

The THEMATIC CALL for the issue 1|2019 — now open with deadline April 28, 2019 — aims to receive submissions of papers on the topic of CHANGES.

The THEMATIC CALL for the issue 1|2019 — now open with deadline April 28, 2019 — aims to receive submissions of papers on the topic of CHANGES.

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 fra-gility of tomorrow. This is especially true for climate changes, that are rebel and sudden and in-creasingly 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 cli-mate change and, on the other hand, the impact of climate phenomena with the anthropic set-tlements that derive from it. Ghettoisation of nature, incorrect urbanization processes, deple-tion of natural resources, loss of biodiversity, increased pollution and the presence of green-house 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 conser-vation and protection. This issue of the Re-Vista is interested in publishing theoretical contributions, project experienc-es, as well as researches, related to content, sensitivities, future principles and visions, knowl-edge 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 Eu-ropean and international climate agreements. They are also useful to achieve the required resil-ience and, finally, to safeguard and preserve the history of the places and the stratification pro-cesses that make up the landscape itself.

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