International Conference “Landscapes Across the Mediterranean (CrossMED)

International Conference “Landscapes Across the Mediterranean (CrossMED)

Always a cultural crossroads, the Mediterranean Region is attracting increasing international attention for its rich history, unique biodiversity, and socio-economic complexity. These elements are fueling the debate on how to address current and future challenges in the Region and beyond.

The first edition of the International Conference “Landscapes Across the Mediterranean (CrossMED)” in 2024 aims to highlight sustainable development issues related to the cultural landscape in the Mediterranean Region.

The cultural landscape in the Mediterranean Region is the result of the historical combination of the work of man and nature, an essential part of the European heritage and an indispensable element for the quality of life of human communities.

In a global context that is increasingly aware of the need to address complex challenges, the conference aims to provide a multidisciplinary platform characterized by the breadth and depth of its interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach, attracting the interest and participation of scholars, experts, and academics from different fields of expertise to explore, share and develop innovative and sustainable ideas that will make a significant contribution to understanding this important issue.

This approach is based on the recognition that environmental, social, and economic challenges require an integrated and in-depth understanding, exploring the deep links between cultural history, the natural environment, and social dynamics, and outlining a comprehensive framework that can guide sustainable policies and innovative practices. Through the contribution of a variety of disciplines, the conference aims to lay the foundations for a comprehensive view of Mediterranean landscapes, considering them as interconnected systems that involve both humans and the environment.

The challenge of reconciling development and conservation requires a multi-focal and synergistic approach that involves knowledge sharing and in-depth study of issues related to social sciences, environmental sciences, architecture, economics, information technology, infrastructure, energy, environment, agro-forestry and many other related sectors, capable of offering different and complete perspectives on issues that require an integrated understanding of cultural, environmental and economic dynamics.

Through the presentation of innovative research, the exchange of practical experiences and active collaboration, the conference will seek to define strategies that can guide policies and practices to preserve the cultural and natural richness of Mediterranean landscapes, and to shape a future in which development and conservation coexist harmoniously, allowing Mediterranean landscapes to flourish for generations to come.

The topics of the conference cover issues of global relevance. Climate change, sustainable resource management, cultural heritage conservation and the promotion of equitable economic development are just some of the issues that will be addressed. The conference aims to contribute not only to the well-being of the Mediterranean region, but also to the global debate on how to preserve and responsibly manage Mediterranean landscapes in an increasingly interconnected world.

Aims

The first edition of the International Conference “Landscapes Across the Mediterranean (CrossMED)” aims to foster links between scholars, experts and academics by encouraging collaboration and the exchange of ideas, according to the following objectives:
- Multidisciplinary Innovation: To provide a platform for the presentation and discussion of innovative research and interdisciplinary projects that contribute to the understanding and resolution of contemporary challenges in Mediterranean landscapes.
- Scientific advancement: To promote scientific progress through the presentation of high-quality research results, stimulating critical reflection and collaboration between the various disciplines involved.
- Sustainable development: To explore sustainable solutions for the management and conservation of Mediterranean landscapes, taking into account social, economic and environmental aspects.
- Training and education: To provide training and educational opportunities through workshops, interactive sessions, and seminars by internationally renowned experts.

Conference Topics

  • 1. Part 1: Landscape Conservation, Enhancement and Management
    1. Sustainable landscape planning
    2. Ecosystem restoration and management
    3. Cultural heritage preservation in landscapes
    4. Climate change adaptation in Mediterranean landscapes
    5. Urban green spaces and parks
    6. Landscape and tourism development
    7. Monitoring and assessment of landscape changes
    8. Agricultural-scape and Sustainable Farming Practices
    9. Plant biodiversity for sustainable cropping system.

  • 2. Part 2: Infrastructure and Landscape Integration
    1. Sustainable and landscape connectivity
    2. Sustainable Mobility and Intelligent Transport Systems
    3. Green infrastructure and urban design
    4. Landscape approaches to water management
    5. Coastal and marine infrastructure planning
    6. Integrating infrastructure with natural ecosystems
    7. Smart cities and advanced infrastructure design
    8. Landscape-based solutions for climate resilience

  • 3. Part 3: Architecture and Built Environment
    1. Sustainable architecture in the Mediterranean
    2. Traditional and vernacular architecture
    3. Urban design and placemaking
    4. Low-impact and energy-efficient design
    5. Architecture and social equity
    6. Innovative materials and construction techniques
    7. Urban regeneration and revitalization
    8. Architectural responses to climate change

  • 4. Part 4: Natural Resources Management
    1. Water resource management in the Mediterranean
    2. Sustainable agriculture and land use
    3. Forest management and conservation
    4. Marine and coastal resource management
    5. Integrated watershed management
    6. Soil conservation and erosion control
    7. Sustainable mining and extractive industries
    8. Maritime-scape and Sustainable Coastal Management

  • 5. Part 5: Climate Change and Resilient Landscapes
    1. Climate change impact on Mediterranean landscapes
    2. Adaptation strategies for changing climates
    3. Resilient design and planning for landscapes
    4. Coastal and marine resilience measures
    5. Urban heat island mitigation and green infrastructure
    6. Water management in the face of climate change
    7. Ecosystem-based approaches to climate resilience
    8. Climate-scape and the Mediterranean’s Response to Climate Change
    9. Energy Transition strategies for climate change adapting settlements

  • 6. Part 6: Cultural Landscapes and Heritage Preservation
    1. Conservation and management of archaeological sites
    2. Intangible cultural heritage in landscapes
    3. Traditional land use practices and landscape preservation
    4. Cultural tourism and sustainable development
    5. Cultural landscape interpretation and storytelling
    6. Conflict resolution in managing cultural landscapes
    7. Preservation of vernacular architecture and settlements
    8. Adaptive reuse and heritage buildings

  • 7. Part 7: Sustainable Tourism and Recreation in Landscapes
    1. Ecotourism and nature-based tourism
    2. Sustainable tourism planning and management
    3. Cultural and heritage tourism in landscapes
    4. Sustainable practices in adventure tourism
    5. Sustainable transportation in tourism
    6. Tourism impacts on fragile ecosystems and biodiversity
    7. Sustainable practices in coastal and marine tourism

  • 8. Part 8: Social Equity and Community Engagement in Landscape Planning
    1. Inclusive landscape planning and design
    2. Participatory approaches in landscape decision-making
    3. Socioeconomic disparities and landscape interventions
    4. Community-based natural resource management
    5. Environmental justice and landscapes
    6. Social impact assessment in landscape planning
    7. Access to green spaces and equitable distribution of landscape benefits

  • 9. Part 9: Innovative Technologies for Landscape Design and Management
    1. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in landscape analysis
    2. Remote sensing and satellite imagery in landscape monitoring
    3. Digital tools for landscape visualization and simulation
    4. Digital twin approach in landscape management
    5. Building Information Modeling/Management (BIM) in landscape architecture
    6. Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) in landscape design
    7. Drones and aerial surveys for landscape assessment
    8. Internet of Things (IoT) applications in smart landscapes
    9. Artificial Intelligence for Landscape Management
    10. Risks and opportunities of advanced technologies

10. Part 10: Mediterranean value-scapes. Exploring the Contents and Forms of Axiological Reform

  1. Natural-scape and space-time consumption
  2. Urban-scape and suburbanization.
  3. Real Estate-scape and housing deprivation
  4. Tourism-scape and social-environmental impacts
  5. Cultural-scape and local identities dissolution
  6. Coastal-scape and public functions abdication
  7. Energy-scape and land entropy

Lucia Della Spina, Department of Heritage, Architecture and Urban Planning, Università degli Studi Mediterranea - Reggio Calabria

Important Dates

Title Date
Abstract Submission Deadline 16 Jun 2024
Letter of Visa (for delegates who need visa entry) *payment required 30 Sep 2024
Last Notification for Abstract Acceptance & Approval to present 30 Jun 2024
Start Early Payment Deadline 11 July 2024
End Payment Deadline 11 Aug 2024
Extended Abstract / Short Paper Submission Deadline 15 Sep 2024
Notification of acceptance/ rejection of submitted extended abstract/ short paper 30 Sep 2024
Conference Program 11 Nov 2024
Conference Launch 11 Dec 2024

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