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A Transdisciplinary Approach to Recovering Natural and Cultural Landscape and Place Identification: A Case Study of Can Moritz Spring (Rubí, Spain)

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Departament d’Urbanisme i Ordenació del Territori (DUOT), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya- Barcelona Tech (UPC), 08028 Barcelona, Spain
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Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Estonian University of Life Sciences, 51014 Tartu, Estonia
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Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH1 1JZ, UK
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Departament de Geografia, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 08193 Barcelona, Spain
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European Centre for Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter Medical School, Truro TR1 3HD, UK
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Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University, 31-007 Krakow, Poland
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ISGlobal, 08193 Barcelona, Spain
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Department of Experimental and Health Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), 08193 Barcelona, Spain
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CIBER Epidemiología y Salud Pública (CIBERESP), 28029 Madrid, Spain
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Academic Editors: Pierre Horwitz and Paul B. Tchounwou
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(4), 1709; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18041709
Received: 24 December 2020 / Revised: 1 February 2021 / Accepted: 5 February 2021 / Published: 10 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Impacts of the Built Environment and Transport Planning)
The perception of the quality of green and blue spaces can be key in the relationship between a community and its local landscape (i.e., place identification). The lack of transdisciplinary training and social-specific education of landscape architects regarding the complexity of landscape as a participative cultural artefact limits reaching the general population. Bridging this gap of landscape and place identification and evaluation by a local community was the main objective of the present case study conducted at an abandoned spring and seasonal stream area in Rubí (Spain). The “Steinitz method” of landscape evaluation was used as a participatory method to activate community members to learn about and express their visual preferences regarding this neglected landscape. Bottom-up interventions applying an “urban acupuncture” approach in the area identified as the least attractive by the residents were co-designed and combined with a top-down restoration of a nearby, existing but derelict and hidden, spring. In addition, before and after planning and implementing the intervention, we conducted surveys about the community perception, sense of belonging and use of the space. We observed that the lack of awareness of the inhabitants about this spring was an obstacle preventing the community from embracing the potential for health and wellbeing presented by the spring and adjacent landscape. Following the work, the landscape saw increasing use, and the historic spring was brought back to life as a resource to help people to improve their health and wellbeing. View Full-Text
Keywords: natural environments; landscape architecture; heritage; social participation; community engagement; health and wellbeing natural environments; landscape architecture; heritage; social participation; community engagement; health and wellbeing
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Cervera, M.; Bell, S.; Muñoz, F.; Mishra, H.S.; Fleming, L.E.; Grellier, J.; Carrasco-Turigas, G.; Nieuwenhuijsen, M.J.; Vert, C.; Gascon, M. A Transdisciplinary Approach to Recovering Natural and Cultural Landscape and Place Identification: A Case Study of Can Moritz Spring (Rubí, Spain). Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 1709. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18041709

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Cervera M, Bell S, Muñoz F, Mishra HS, Fleming LE, Grellier J, Carrasco-Turigas G, Nieuwenhuijsen MJ, Vert C, Gascon M. A Transdisciplinary Approach to Recovering Natural and Cultural Landscape and Place Identification: A Case Study of Can Moritz Spring (Rubí, Spain). International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(4):1709. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18041709

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Cervera, Marina; Bell, Simon; Muñoz, Francesc; Mishra, Himansu S.; Fleming, Lora E.; Grellier, James; Carrasco-Turigas, Glòria; Nieuwenhuijsen, Mark J.; Vert, Cristina; Gascon, Mireia. 2021. "A Transdisciplinary Approach to Recovering Natural and Cultural Landscape and Place Identification: A Case Study of Can Moritz Spring (Rubí, Spain)" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 18, no. 4: 1709. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18041709

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