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Sustainability, Volume 12, Issue 1 (January-1 2020) – 442 articles
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Cover Story (view full-size image) The efforts made by humanity over the centuries to convert uncultivated land to agricultural [...] Read more. The efforts made by humanity over the centuries to convert uncultivated land to agricultural activities have bequeathed a built heritage that, conceived to host farmer and biological productions, now constitutes a unique example, due to architectural and technical issues different from those of other building sectors. Most recently, with farmers moving to urban settlements, many vernacular farm buildings have often been abandoned, causing a threat to the historical–cultural quality of the rural landscape. The increasing sensitivity about sustainable development is currently stimulating the preservation of these buildings, which also play a proactive role on rural environment. New analyses—now possible through advanced technological tools mainstreaming multidisciplinary information—reveal then a powerful tool to plan the preservation of vernacular farm buildings and rural landscape. View this paper