The Landscape of the Urban Peripheries: An Alternative Therapy

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Part of the Springer Geography book series (SPRINGERGEOGR)

Abstract

The landscape approach of peripheries moves the accent on the need to understand the general health of the city and to treat its peripheral territories through an alternative method then the classic regulatory planning methods. The chapter argues by appealing to principles of homeopathic medicine, advancing the concept of “urbanopatie,” but not before underscores the importance of exploring and recognizing the suffering of peripheral landscape, as a pre-diagnosis stage. Landscape urban peripheries are crystallized by synthesis of public needs, individual initiatives, everyday practices, legal/illegal effects (direct or indirect), aspirations and cultural background. But this landscape is first an atmosphere that impresses negative, an amalgam that makes it being the source of a strong ambiguity. Re-learning to see these ambiguous marginal urban territories is a necessary step for understanding them, able to highlight their vulnerability, which is not only theirs, but of the whole city.

Keywords

Periphery Alternative Therapy Urbanopatie Transitional landscape Disease 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Urban Planning, Department of Urban and Landscape DesignIon Mincu University of Architecture and UrbanismBucharestRomania

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